Why you should visit Skagafjörður
Skagafjörður is located in North West Iceland. It is a fjord of nature and adventure. The area is an ideal place to enjoy the many things Iceland has to offer, whether it is hiking, skiing, horseback riding, river rafting or simply just enjoying exploring the spectacular nature.
How to get to Skagafjörður
To get to Skagafjörður you simply just drive on route 1. We would recommend renting a car to travel around Iceland, then you can stop wherever you want to take pictures. Although it is possible to take the public bus, if you choose that option, bus number 57 goes from Reykjavík to Skagafjörður twice a day.
Sauðárkrókur is the largest town in Skagafjörður and the second-largest town on the north coast of Iceland, with a population of 2.572 people. It is a small fishing village surrounded by sea and beautiful big mountains.
We recommend not spending too much time in the town itself, even though it’s beautiful, two days should be enough. You should definitely take a walk through the old town witch is rich of history. Make sure you stop at the local bakery called “Sauðárkróksbakarí” for a bite of the delicious treats they have to offer.
If you have extra time you should take a walk through a small “forest” in the town called “Litli skógur”, as in “little forest”, it is a popular hiking place along the locals. You can follow a trail through the so called forest, up to a house that the locals call “Vatnshúsið”. The house is full of water and it pours out of it like a small waterfall into the river Sauðá, which the town is named after.
Hegranesvitinn is a lighthouse located a little bit outside of Sauðárkrókur. It is a fun hiking trail in the summer. You will see various birdlife and some horses and sheep walking free in their natural habitat. The walk is about 3 km and takes about 1-2 hours. The lighthouse is very stunning for photographers.
Hofsós is a beautiful tiny little town in Skagafjörður. It is famous for its beautiful infinity pool witch has without a doubt the most stunning view over the fjord. The pool is open to public and is not too expensive, make sure to check the opening time before arriving. From the pool you can even see the historic island Drangey. After your swim you should definitely walk around the small town, go down to the harbour and enjoy the small boats and the cute houses. If you get hungry you can grab a bite at Sólvík Restaurant near the harbour.
Glaumbær is an old Icelandic turf house that should not be missed when travelling in Skagafjörður, located between the towns Sauðárkrókur and Varmahlíð.
Back in the days everybody lived in turf houses in Iceland and there are several that have been preserved, one of them is Glaumbær.
It is lovely visiting Glaumbær, just like stepping back in time, you will get to see how life in Iceland was back in the 18th and 19th century.
There are also two timber houses on the museum ground, one is called Gilsstofa and the other one Áshús. Gilsstofa is a museum store and Áshús is a café place.
Reykjaströnd is a place you should not miss out on when visiting Skagafjörður, it offers you the most unique Icelandic landscape. It is a little bit isolated area right outside of Sauðárkrókur, which means you get to see a lot of very beautiful untouched nature.
We recommend driving straight to this place called “Reykir on Reykjaströnd”, it is an historic place in Skagafjörður, there you can find both Drangey and Grettislaug.
An old legend says that two night-prowling giants, a man and a woman, were traveling the fjord with their cow when they were surprised by the bright rays of daybreak. As a result of exposure to daylight, all three were turned into stone. Drangey represents the cow and Kerling (the female giant) is to the south of it. Karl (the male giant) was to the north of the island, but he collapsed in an earthquake centuries ago.
We truly recommend taking a trip to Drangey with Drangey tours to get the full Drangey experience, combined with sightseeing, birdwatching, sailing, and hiking. When arrived at the top of Drangey it provides a wonderful view over the whole fjord.
When your tour to Drangey Island is finished it is perfect to take a dip in the famous Grettislaug and relax after the hike.
Reykir offers two geothermal pools where guests can bathe. The older one, Grettislaug, is named after Grettir the Strong, the main character from Grettis Saga. The newer and larger pool is called Earl’s pool in honour of the “Earl of Drangey”, Jon Eiriksson. The pools are about 39°C (100°F) year around, though the weather can influence the water’s temperature. There are dressing rooms and since the pool is in on a private property, there is a small entrance fee.
You won´t regret visiting Skagafjörður!
Authors: Margrét and Sigríður
Say hello to the authers!
Margrét and Sigríður are sisters from Skagafjörður, knowing all the best advices around the area.
My name is Margrét, I’m 20 years old. I was born and raised in a small town in north-western Iceland.
Now I live in Reykjavík with my boyfriend, but our plan is to go explore the world later this year. My greatest passion is traveling and photography. I have mostly traveled in Iceland, my parents were big on going camping and exploring our country, and I am thankful for that, that way I got to learn what a big treasure our country is. Now I’m very interested in going on my own trips and explore Iceland more. I have also visited a lot of countries in Europe, and can’t wait to explore more.
Me and my sister went on a backpacking trip around south east Asia last February for a few months. That’s when I truly became travel addicted, all I wanna do is book a flight to somewhere in the world and explore more countries and get to know more cultures. The earth is so big and there is so much to see and learn.
I´m Sigríður, a 20 years old girl from Iceland.
Since I was very little my parents traveled a lot around Iceland every year with me and my siblings. I guess that turned on my travel passion. The older I became the more I realised how incredible and precious Iceland is and I became more grateful for all the traveling my parents did with me. Now I want to see more of it on my own for the second time.
After growing up in a small town I soon realised that I was not made to stay in one place, I was made to wander!
The year I turned 19 I finished school one year earlier and me and my boyfriend moved to Costa Rica for a while, I started Spanish school and volunteered in an animal shelter. Then there was no turning back, I fell in love with traveling. I went straight to Asia and backpacked around with my sister. For now my life is pretty much all about: saving & traveling, saving & traveling…