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' 11.651" W19° 26' 50.945"
Postal codes

560

Highlights in Varmahlíð

  • Glaumbær Museum

    Glaumbær Museum

    The old turf buildings at Glaumbær are a fine example of building construction on the larger farms in Iceland in times past. See the household of bygone era in their natural setting. In the farmhouse are bedrooms, living room, kitchen, pantry, storage rooms and smithy. The living room is most recent, dating from the 1879.

  • Swimming pool

  • Reykjafoss

  • Varmahlíð

  • Camping ground

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Icelandic horseshows
Family & Fun Parks
  • Varmilækur
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8021, 898-7756
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 846-8185
Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 8993183
Reynistaður
Museums
  • Reynistaður
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-6173, 455-6161
Saurbaer
Farm Holidays
  • Saurbær v / Vindheimamela
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8012, 849-5654, 864-5337
Á Sturlungaslóð
Exhibitions
  • Frostastöðum
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 455 6161
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 8691024
Hofsstaðir
Farm Holidays
  • Hofsstaðir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6555, 898-6665, 849-6655
Hólar Travel Service
Hotels
  • Hjaltadalur
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-6333
Safnahúsið - Museum
Museums
  • Faxatorg
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6640
Gueasthous Himnasvalir - JRJ Super-Jeep- Travels
Guesthouses
  • Egilsá
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 4538219, 8921852
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 841-7313
Chapel at Gröf
Museums
  • Skagafjörður
  • 566 Hofsós
  • 453-8373
The Old Warehouse
Museums
  • Suðurbraut
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 530-2200, 453-7935
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Lynghorse
Day Tours
  • Lynghóll
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 868-7224

Others

Hegranes Camping ground
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Félagsheimilið Hegranes
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 899-3231
Saurbaer
Farm Holidays
  • Saurbær v / Vindheimamela
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8012, 849-5654, 864-5337
Brunastadir
Cottages
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 8691024
Hofsstaðir
Farm Holidays
  • Hofsstaðir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-6555, 898-6665, 849-6655
Glæsibær
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Skagafjörður
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 892-5530, 453-5530
Gimbur Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Reykjarhóll
  • 570 Fljót
  • 8993183
Hólar Travel Service
Hotels
  • Hjaltadalur
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-6333
Deplar Farm
Hotels
  • Deplar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 349-7761
Keldudalur
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hegranesi
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 846-8185
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 841-7313
Sydsta-Grund
Cottages
  • Syðsta-Grund
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 453-8262, 846-9182
Lambanes-Reykir
Guesthouses
  • Brúnastaðir, Fljótum
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1020, 869-1024
Guesthouse at Trod
Cottages
  • Tröð
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453-5225, 860-4100
Gueasthous Himnasvalir - JRJ Super-Jeep- Travels
Guesthouses
  • Egilsá
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 4538219, 8921852
Syðra-Skörðugil Guesthouse
Farm Holidays
  • Syðra-Skörðugil
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 893-8140
Kolkuos Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Kolkuós
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 861-3474
The Old Post Office Holiday Apartments
Apartments
  • Kirkjutorg 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 8923375

Others

KS Ketilási
Restaurants
  • Fljót
  • 570 Fljót
  • 467-1000
Guesthouse Sólgarðar
Guesthouses
  • Sólgarðar
  • 570 Fljót
  • 867-3164
Olís Varmahlíð
Diners
  • Varmahlíð
  • 560 Varmahlíð
  • 478-1036
Veitingastofan Sólvík
Restaurants
  • Sólvík
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 861-3463, 453-7930
N1 - Service Station Sauðárkrókur
Gas station
  • Ártorg 4
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-7070
Sauðárkróksbakarí
Cafés
  • Aðalgata 5
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-5000
Blafell
Shopping
  • Skagfirðingabraut 29
  • 550 Sauðárkrókur
  • 453 6666, 860 2088
Hólar Travel Service
Hotels
  • Hjaltadalur
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 455-6333
Reykir Camping site
Camping
  • Reykir
  • 551 Sauðárkrókur
  • 841-7313
KS Hofsós
Shopping
  • Suðurbraut 9
  • 565 Hofsós
  • 455-4692
Nature
Reykjafoss

Reykjafoss waterfall is one of Skagafjörður's hidden treasures. It is the most beautiful waterfalls in Skagafjörður, located about 7 km from Varmahlíð at Vindheimamelar, along road 752.

Directions to Reykjafoss:

Reykjafoss is located about 7 kilometers south east of Varmahlíð. Off road nr. 1 turn to road nr. 752 and then turn to road nr. 753. Cross the bridge, then turn right and reach a small parking lot. Reykjafoss is about 5-minute walk from the parking lot.

History and Culture
Hólar Cathedral

Hólar Cathedral is the oldest stone church in Iceland, constructed in 1763. The church is built with red sandstone from the mountain Hólabyrða. A number of historically important items are on display at the church.

The church tower is 27m long and stands beside the church. It was constructed on the 400-year anniversary of the death of the last Catholic Bishop of Iceland, Jón Arason.

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.

Over the summer months, 20.May - 20.August, we offer daily trips to Drangey from Sauðárkrókur at 10:00 am.

There are no scheduled tours during the winter months, but tours can be arranged on request.

Nature
Staðarbjargarvík

Not to be missed on the coast just below Hofsós are the amazing basalt formations at Staðarbjargavík. It is said to have been the capital of the Skagafjörður elf population. Good access to the area is from just below The Hofsós Swimming Pool.

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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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