Hvammstangi is the largest community in West Húnaþing whose history as a trading centre dates back over more than 100 years. If you would like to see how people in days gone by conducted their daily trading in the general stores, the Trade Museum will tell you all you need to know.

The town is blessed with a good harbor from which seal watching and sea angling trips are organized.

For the tourist, Hvammstangi is an excellent place to stop as it has a good swimming pool and a camping site well situated in the lee of the cliffs, with excellent facilities and with electric hook-ups for trailer tents, campervans and caravans.

Hvammstangi also has a hotel, shop, restaurant, banking service, petrol station and garage, as well as a health centre and other necessary services.

The Icelandic Seal Center provides information on seals and the Vatnsnes area, besides serving as a general tourist information bureau.

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Hvammstangi
GPS Points N65° 24' 1.878" W20° 56' 21.501"
Postal codes

500,530,531

Population

560

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Trade Museum Bardusa
Exhibitions
  • Brekkugata 4
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2747
Guesthouse Staðarskáli
Hotels
  • Staðarskáli, Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 451-1190
Ármann Pétursson
Horse Activities
  • Neðri-Torfustaðir
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 894-8807
Vestur-Húnavatnssýsla Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Höfðabraut 6
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2607
Laugarbakki Swimming Pool
Swimming Pools
  • Laugarbakki
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2987
Grettistak
Saga & Heritage
  • Laugabakka
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-0050
Greta´s House of Clay
Exhibitions
  • Litli-Ós
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2482, 894-5591
Neðra-Vatnshorn guesthouse
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Línakradalur
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2928, 866-7297

Others

Illugastaðir kaffihús
Camping
  • Vatnsnes
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 894-0695
Neðra-Vatnshorn guesthouse
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Línakradalur
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2928, 866-7297
Bordeyri Camping site
Camping
  • Borðeyri
  • 500 Staður
  • 849-7891
Lækjarhvammur
Guesthouses
  • Lækjarhvammur
  • 531 Hvammstangi
Guesthouse Tangahus Bordeyri
Guesthouses
  • Borðeyri
  • 500 Staður
  • 849-9852, 849-7891
Hotel Hvitserkur
Hotels
  • Þorfinnsstaðir
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 583-5000
Hvammstangi Camping Ground
Camping
  • Brekkugata 12
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 899-0008
Sæberg HI Hostel
Hostels
  • Reykjaskóli, Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 894-5504
Laxahvammur Lodge
Guesthouses
  • Miðfjörður
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 824-6460, 823-7555 , 451-2800
Sindrastaðir
Apartments
  • Lækjarmót 2
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 895-1146
Guesthouse Staðarskáli
Hotels
  • Staðarskáli, Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 451-1190
Guesthouse Langafit
Guesthouses
  • Laugarbakki
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2987, 616-3304

Others

Söluskálinn / sjoppan
Restaurants
  • Hvammstangabraut 40
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2465
Kaffi Síróp
Restaurants
  • Norðurbraut 1
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451 2266
Guesthouse Staðarskáli
Hotels
  • Staðarskáli, Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 451-1190
Illugastaðir kaffihús
Camping
  • Vatnsnes
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 894-0695
Hlaðan
Restaurants
  • Brekkugata 2
  • 530 Hvammstangi
  • 451-1110, 863-7339
Staðarskáli Local Information Office
Cafés
  • Staðarskáli - Hrútafjörður
  • 500 Staður
  • 451-1150
Jörfi
Farm food direct
  • Jörfi
  • 531 Hvammstangi
  • 451-2868
Nature
Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur is a 15 m-high sea stack just off shore on the eastern side of Vatnsnes. Good seal spotting place at the estuary of the Sigridarstadir lake, south from the stack.

Nature
Borgarvirki

Borgarvirki is a 10-15 metre high ridge of columnar rock. This phenomenon is a volcanic plug, and there is speculation as to whether it was, in ancient times, a district fortress and even, perhaps, a battleground.
From Borgarvirki there is a wide panoramic view over a large part of the region and a viewfinder is in place to help locate some of the important landmarks.
This is truly a unique natural phenomenon, but one which has also seen some improvements by the hand of man in bygone days.

Nature
Kolugjúfur

As you drive along Víðidalur, you will come to Kolugil Farm which stands beside the Víðidalsá river. Just below the farm, the waters flow peacefully downwards to plunge into the deep, rugged gorge called Kolugljúfur. Their journey then sends them cascading over many waterfalls which bear the name Kolufossar Falls in honour of the giantess, Kola.

It is a breathtaking sight to walk on the the viewing platform and watch the calm waters of the river suddenly leap and tumble onwards over so many impressive falls - a sight which will leave no one unmoved.
Nature
Vatnsnes

Vatnsnes is an area of varied animal life, and it is here that we find the largest and most accessible seal sanctuary in Iceland, where the common seal (Phoca vitulina) can be seen at quite close range. Facilities for seal watching can also be found at Illugastaðir, Svalbarð and Ósar, but please note that the Hindisvík station has now closed.

The area offers a beautiful environment endowed with many pearls of nature such as Hvítserkur and Borgarvirki, as well as some famous historical trails and sites.

The ring road round Vatnsnes is about 90 km and is mostly dirt road, passable all year round.

History and Culture
The Seal center

The Icelandic Seal Centre is housed in the historically interesting and attractive premises of VSP in Hvammstangi. Here you will find informative exhibitions on the seal and its habits, seal hunting and the utilisation of seal-related products, besides stories and folklore surrounding that fascinating creature.

The centre also plays the role of a tourist information bureau, providing visitors with details on the most interesting places in Húnaþing, and also where to find relaxation and leisure facilities. Souvenirs and hand crafted goods from the area are also on sale here.

History and Culture
Bjarg í Miðfirði

Bjarg in Midfjordur, is the farm that belonged to Asdis, the mother of outlaw Grettir Asmundarson - Grettir the Strong, of Grettis Saga fame. Beneath a rock in the hayfield, Asdis buried Gretti´s head, which was presented to her by his killer. There´s now a monument in her honour on site.

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