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Sauðárkrókur

Sauðárkrókur lies on the south west shore of the inner reaches of Skagafjörður fiord. Here you will find a variety of services on offer; exhibitions, museums, places of entertainment, shops, restaurants, accommodation, a hospital, workshops and garages, a sports ground, a beach volleyball pitch, a swimming pool etc.

On Aðalgata, you will find a store bearing the name Haraldur Júlíusson, which has been in constant operation since 1919. Also the Minjahúsið Folk Museum, where four small workshops demonstrate the types of occupation pursued by the inhabitants of Sauðárkrókur in days gone by - and they even have a polar bear on display! Minjahúsið also houses the Tourist Information Bureau.

On top of Nafir, the ancient sea cliffs which rise above the town, there is a golf course and also a viewfinder which gives you a wonderful view across the fjord.

Sauðárkrókur combines a thriving fisheries operation with the processing of produce from the extensive agricultural area surrounding it and a very effective service system. The town is one of the busiest most important communities outside the capital, and it would be hard to find better services anywhere outside the Reykjavík area.

To the east of Sauðárkrókur stretches Borgarsandur, a long sweep of black sandy beach almost four km in length, and just to the south, on the shores of Áshildarholtsvatn lake, information boards give details on the rich variety of birds frequenting the area.

The most abundant birdlife is to be found at the mouth of the river Héraðsvötn and on the lakes Miklavatn and Áshildarholtsvatn, just to the south of Sauðárkrókur.

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Sauðárkrókur
GPS Points N65° 44' 45.788" W19° 38' 22.103"
Postal codes

550,551,560

Population

2640

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Historical House
Museums
  • Aðalgata 16b
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6870, 453-6173
Glaumbær in Skagafjörður
Museums
  • Glaumbær
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-6173
Icelandic horseshows
Tour Operators
  • Varmilækur
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8021, 898-7756
Víðimýri Church
Museums
  • Víðimýri
  • 560 Varmahlíð
Krókaleiðir
Tour Operators
  • Tindastóll
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 895-4475, 453-5065
Lynghorse.com
Tour Operators
  • Lynghóll
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 868-7224
Reykir Reykjastrond Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykir, Reykjaströnd
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6503, 846-8150
Blacksmith´s Workshop
Exhibitions
  • Suðurgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5389, 453-5020
Reynistaður
Museums
  • Reynistaður
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-6173, 455-6161
Sauðárkrókur Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Hlíðarendi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5075
Ferðaþjónustan Himnasvalir
Guesthouses
  • Egilsá
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8219, 770-8219, 892-1852
Skagafjörður Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Safnahúsið við Faxatorg
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6640
Short Hiking Tours in Varmahlíð
Tour Operators
  • Menningarhúsið Miðgarður
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 849-2795
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6233
Steinsstaðir Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Lambeyri Steinstaðabyggð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8812, 899-8762
Á Sturlungaslóð
Tour Operators
  • Frostastöðum
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 867-4213

Others

Lauftún
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Seyluhreppur
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8133, 894-4043
Árgarður Comunity Center
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Steinstaðahverfi
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8030, 843-8030
Hegranes Camping ground
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Félagsheimilið Hegranes
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6233
Holar Camping site
Camping
  • Hólar Hjaltadal
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231
Ommubaer
Farm Holidays
  • Syðra-Skörðugil
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 893-8140
Brennigerði
Bed & Breakfast
  • Brennigerði
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5521, 867-5575, 847-0579
Glæsibær
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Skagafjörður
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-5530, 453-5530
Guesthouse at Trod
Cottages
  • Tröð
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5225, 860-4100
Gil
Bed & Breakfast
  • 453-6780, 849-6701
Sydsta-Grund
Cottages
  • Syðsta-Grund
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8262, 846-9182
Steinsstaðir Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Lambeyri Steinstaðabyggð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8812, 899-8762
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 821-0090, 821-0091
The Old Post Office Holiday Apartments
Apartments
  • Kirkjutorg 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-3375
Reykir Reykjastrond Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykir, Reykjaströnd
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6503, 846-8150
Kolkuos Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Kolkuós
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 861-3474
Ferðaþjónustan Himnasvalir
Guesthouses
  • Egilsá
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8219, 770-8219, 892-1852

Others

KS Varmahlíð
Restaurants
  • Varmahlíð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 455-4500
Blafell
Shopping
  • Skagfirðingabraut 29
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 860 2088
Skeljungur - Service Station
Cafés
  • Skagfirðingabraut 29
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6666
Litla-Hlíð
Farm food direct
  • Litla-Hlíð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 566-6449
Reykir Reykjastrond Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykir, Reykjaströnd
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6503, 846-8150
Sauðárkróksbakarí
Cafés
  • Aðalgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-5000
Steinsstaðir Travel Service
Guesthouses
  • Lambeyri Steinstaðabyggð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8812, 899-8762
Skagasel Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Hvalneslæk Skaga
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6740
Gil
Bed & Breakfast
  • 453-6780, 849-6701
Stórhóll
Farm food direct
  • Stórhóll
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 891-9383
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Ártorg 4
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-7070
History and Culture
Glaumbaer

The Glaumbær Farm first exhibition was opened in 1952, but the farm had served as a dwelling until 1947. The old turf farmhouse forms the backdrop for exhibitions focusing on rural life in 18th- and 19th-century Iceland. On the museum grounds at Glaumbær, there are also two 19th-century timber houses, Áshús and Gilsstofa. These are good examples of the first timber houses built in the region. Áshús contains exhibitions and the Tea Room Áskaffi, which serves traditional light Icelandic fare. Full meals are available if booked in advance. Gilstofa, at present, contains the Museum´s administrative offices. Together these three buildings are a powerful reminder of 18th- and 19th-century life in rural Iceland.

History and Culture
Víðimýrarkirkja church

Víðimýrarkirkja church is one of the few preserved turf churches in Iceland. At the beginning of the 20th century its fate was uncertain, but luckily the immense cultural value of the building was recognised in time, and the National Museum of Iceland became responsible for its renovation. The church was built in 1834 and has turf walls, but timber gables both back and front.

History and Culture
Hólar in Hjaltadalur

Hólar is one of the most famous historical sites in Iceland and was, for many centuries, an Episcopal See. It was also the capital of North Iceland for over 700 years. There has been a church on the site from the 11th century, and the present Hólar Cathedral was consecrated in 1763. It is the oldest stone built church in Iceland.

Hólaskóli School, founded in 1882, was an agricultural school, but there is evidence that some form of school has been present at Hólar right from the time of the first bishopric. Archaeological research has been carried out at Hólar over the past years and more than 40 thousand items found, some of which are now on display in the old schoolhouse.

Nature
Drangey

The rocky island Drangey in the middle of Skagafjordur is a flat topped mass of tuff, rising almost 200 meters out of the ocean. The cliffs serve as nesting sites for around million sea birds and have been used throughout Iceland´s history for egg collection and bird netting.

Grettis Saga recounts that both Grettir and his brother Illugi lived on Drangey, for three years and were slain there. The island can only be ascended at one spot.

Boat tours to the island from Reykjaströnd and Saudarkrokur.

Nature
Sauðárkrókur-Tindastóll Skiing Area

The ski area at Mt. Hlidarfjall lies at the bottom of one of the biggest fjords in Iceland surrounded by high mountains ranging from 1000 to 1538 meters over sea level. The ski area is 5 km above the town Akureyri. The area has 6 ski lifts, 23 alpine slopes and 15 km of cross country tracks, ski cafés, ski rental and a ski school. Snow production systems ensure a long season from end of November till beginning of May.

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.

Explore map with pictures

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