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Varmahlíð

This community offers a wide variety of services for visitors and local people alike, making it one of the most popular stopping points for those travelling along highway 1. There you will find, for example, a service shop with petrol pumps, a food store and restaurant facilities.

The Tourist Information Centre, located right next to the KS shopping premises, has on display, items from the Skagafjörður area, crafted by the Creative Arts Society, Alþýðulist. There is also a good sports stadium, a child-friendly swimming pool and a football practice pitch. If you require a place to stay, there is a wide choice on offer in Varmahlíð and the surrounding area; a hotel, summer chalets, farm accommodation and camping sites.

The Miðgarður Cultural Centre is situated in Varmahlíð and is the locale for a variety of entertainments all year round. The woodland at Reykjarhóll is also recommended, with its marked paths, one of which leads up to the viewfinder at the top of the hill. On a good day, the view across the central region of Skagafjörður is magnificent.

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Varmahlíð
GPS Points N65° 33' 19.050" W19° 27' 12.290"
Postal codes

560

Population

140

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Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 899-3183
Sauðárkrókur - Eagle Air
Domestic flights
  • Sauðárkróksflugvöllur
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 562-4200
Lynghorse.com
Tour Operators
  • Lynghóll
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 868-7224
Blacksmith´s Workshop
Exhibitions
  • Suðurgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5389, 453-5020
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024
Skagafjörður Archive
Libraries & Archives
  • Safnahúsið við Faxatorg
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-6075
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6233
The Old Warehouse
Museums
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 530-2200, 453-7935
Chapel at Gröf
Museums
  • Skagafjörður
  • 566 Hofsós
  • 453-8373
Sauðárkrókur Golf Club
Golf Courses
  • Hlíðarendi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5075

Others

Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6233
The Old Post Office Holiday Apartments
Apartments
  • Kirkjutorg 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-3375
Lambanes-Reykir
Guesthouses
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljótum
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024
Brennigerði
Bed & Breakfast
  • Brennigerði
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5521, 867-5575, 847-0579
Holar Camping site
Camping
  • Hólar Hjaltadal
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231
Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 899-3183
Deplar Farm Hotel
Hotels
  • Deplar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 349-7761
Guesthouse at Trod
Cottages
  • Tröð
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5225, 860-4100
Gil
Bed & Breakfast
  • 453-6780, 849-6701
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 821-0090, 821-0091
Glæsibær
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Skagafjörður
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-5530, 453-5530
Kolkuos Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Kolkuós
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 861-3474
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024
Hegranes Camping ground
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Félagsheimilið Hegranes
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231

Others

Olís Varmahlíð
Diners
  • Varmahlíð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
Sauðárkróksbakarí
Cafés
  • Aðalgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-5000
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Ártorg 4
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-7070
Veitingastofan Sólvík
Restaurants
  • Sólvík
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 861-3463, 453-7930
Skagasel Restaurant
Restaurants
  • Hvalneslæk Skaga
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6740
KS Ketilási
Restaurants
  • Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1000
Gil
Bed & Breakfast
  • 453-6780, 849-6701
Blafell
Shopping
  • Skagfirðingabraut 29
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453 6666, 860 2088
KS Hofsós
Shopping
  • Suðurbraut 9
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 455-4692
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

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