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Gisting Hjaltastaðir

Anna and Thorolfur (Þórólfur) are farmers at Hjaltastadir (Hjaltastaðir) in Skagafjordur (Skagafjörður) and they keep horses, cattle, sheep, chickens, a dog and two cats. They also have a Gallery at their farm with high quality leather products and Anna offers courses in leather sewing for smaller groups. Their main interests revolve around horse riding, singing and social activities. Hjaltastadir is a farm located in the heart of Skagafjörður only 12 km away from the village Varmahlid (Varmahlíð) and 30 km from the town Saudarkrokur (Sauðárkrókur). At Hjaltastadir there is a great view of the surrounding area, mountains, river and farms. The area offers a great stillness, beautiful sunset in the summer and great view of the northern lights in the winter time. The house was Thorolfur's parents house that has now been renovated and use in accommodation. The farm is located in the heart of Skagafjörður with a great view and hiking trails around the entire area, everything from hiking mountains to a walk by the river, very peaceful and beautiful. At Hjaltastadir we offer for example free WiFi, a hot tub, barbecuing supplies and fresh water fishing.

Gisting Hjaltastaðir


GPS Points N65° 36' 10.678" W19° 20' 44.091"
Accommodation 10 Beds
Opening period All year

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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.

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