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Hjalteyri

Hjalteyri is a small village on the western shores of Eyjafjörður. Until the early 20th century, this was one of the main hubs of the herring fishing industry and is today an aquaculture centre where research is conducted into the feasibility of halibut culture. The buildings of the old herring factory are often used as a venue for art exhibitions during the summer months. Hjalteyri boasts some of the most interesting diver areas in the World, as the famous geothermal struts are right offshore.
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Hjalteyri
GPS Points N65° 51' 2.299" W18° 11' 52.750"
Postal codes

601

Population

37

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Dyngjan - listhús
Exhibitions
  • Fíflbrekka
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 899-8770
HestaNet ehf.
Tour Operators
  • Hléskógar
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-4878
Lundur Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Fnjóskadalur
  • 601 Akureyri
Vikingland
Museums
  • Moldhaugar
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 899-1072
Hraun in Öxnadalur
Museums
  • Þelamerkurskóli
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 460 1750
Hestaleigan Kátur
Tour Operators
  • Kaupangur, Eyjafjarðarsveit
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 695-7218, 8659165
Uppsalir
Tour Operators
  • Uppsalir 1
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 894-6076, 777-8201
Sigríður Ásný Ketilsdóttir
Tour Operators
  • Finnastaðir
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 863-6912

Others

Ártún Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Ártún, Grýtubakkahreppur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-3267, 892-3591
Geldingsá, apartment
Apartments
  • Geldingsá, Svalbarðsstrandahreppur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 461-2252, 663-4646, 663-4647
Vaglaskógur Camping Ground
Camping
  • Fnjóskadalur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-4755, 860-4714
Systragil Camping Ground
Camping
  • Hróarsstöðum, Fnjóskadal
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 860-2213
Draumagisting - Casa Magna
Cottages
  • Þverá
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 699-1132
Bjarnargerði
Farm Holidays
  • Sveinbjarnargerði
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-4500
Hrafnagil Camping site
Camping
  • Hrafnagilsskóli
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 464-8140
Rjúpa Guesthouse
Bed & Breakfast
  • Hróarsstaðir
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-2320
A Friendly Cottage
Guesthouses
  • Smáratún 5
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-5043, 893-6843
Lomatjorn inn
Guesthouses
  • Lómatjörn
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 896-0847
Halllandsnes - Cottage
Bed & Breakfast
  • Svalbarðsstrandarhreppi
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 895-6049
The Hall
Cottages
  • Litli Hvammur
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 897-5300
Glerá Íbúðagisting
Apartments
  • Glerá II
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 462-5723, 669-7131

Others

Holtssel
Farm food direct
  • Holtssel
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-1159
Gamla Prestshúsið
Restaurants
  • Laufás
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 463-3196
Kaffi Lísa
Cafés
  • Hjalteyri
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 461-1049
Grænahlíð
Farm food direct
  • Grænahlíð
  • 601 Akureyri
  • 848-4672
Nature
Kjarnaskógur woods

South of Akureyri is Iceland´s most visited "forest" Kjarnaskogur woods. The area has 2km long athletic course, walking tracks, picnic tables and children´s playground. Campsite at nearby Hamrar.

History and Culture
The Christmas Garden

A visit to The Christmas Garden will transport you into the realms of Christmas - only a 10 minute drive from Akureyri. Here you will find countless items connected to the festive season from all parts of the world. Of course, Icelandic Christmas traditions are given priority, such as legs of smoked lamb hanging from a beam and the decorative "leaf bread" in many patterns, as well as the Yuletide Lads and their parents, who play such an important role in the Icelandic Christmas celebrations. Quality handwork, crafted by many artists from all parts of the country deck the shelves, making this a place which appeals to all the family.

History and Culture
The old farmhouse Laufás

Laufás is mentioned in historical records soon after the settlement of Iceland (874-930) and since the earliest period of Christianity a church has been located there. The existing church was built in 1865 and among its special items is a pulpit from 1698. The farmhouse was rebuilt in an ambitious style in 1853-1882 and is an example of the gabled farmhouse, although significantly larger than the ordinary Icelandic farmhouse. The oldest section of the present day house is believed to contain timbers from the 16th and 17th century. The Laufás farmhouse at present equipped with household items and utensils resembles those in use at the beginning of the 20th century.
At Laufás there is a souvenir shop and a restaurant serving Icelandic dishes.

History and Culture
Hraun í Öxnadal
Residence for writers, poets and scholars of nature studies. An exhibition of the live and works of Jónas Hallgrímsson, one of Iceland's most beloved poets.
History and Culture
Safnasafnid Museum

Safnasafnið - The Icelandic Folk Art Museum - was founded in 1995 by Níels Hafstein and Magnhildur Sigurðardóttir. The collection, consisting of paintings, sculptures, drawings, watercolours, embroideries, books, dolls, toys and tools, presents an interesting and informative view of folk art, as well as modern art and what inspires it. The collection consists of over 3000 works by naive, outsider and folk artists and close to 200 works by modern artists. Also in the museum are a small café and a museum shop.

Yearly the museum displays 16 exhibitons of diverse character mixing folk art and modern to create a surprising rendez-vous of ideas and show in one place the wonderful and playful paths of the creative mind. The museum also offers a superb library with books on art, architecture, outsider art, gardens, cars and diverse other things, all adding to its meditative charm. The museum offers excellent explorative grounds for the curious visitor, who becomes spontaneously a participant in an adventure that brings his and hers youthful spirit to new heights.

History and Culture
Gasir - Medival Trading place

Gásir is a unique place. In no other place in Iceland is it possible to find so many remainings from a trading post from the Middle Ages. Gásir was the main trading post in northern Iceland during the Middle Ages, and the place is mentioned many times in Old Icelandic Sagas from the 13th and 14th centuries. Archaeological digging in the area during the last six years has shown that it was a trading post up to the 16th century, possibly until trading started in Akureyri.

Each year in July Medieval life at Gásir is reconstructed with help from Icelandic craftsmen who wear medieval clothes and sell handicraft. Various handcrafts are on display; dyeing with plant extracts, wool-work, sewing, sewing leather and weaving.

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

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Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri