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Strandir

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Travel service
510 Hólmavík:


Broddanes hostel
Café Riis
Kirkjuból travel services
Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft
Hotel Laugarhóll
Sheep Farming Museum
Steinhúsiđ Guesthouse & Apartments
Strandahestar riding tours
Hólmavík Swimmingpool
Hólmavík Camping area
Information center


Travel service
520, 524 (dreifbýli):


Finnbogastađaskóli
Guesthouse Bergistanga
Sunna's Guesthouse
Kört - Handcraft & Exhibition
Hotel Djúpavík
Café Norđurfjörđur
Malarhorn, Sailing and ..
Swimmingpool Drangsnes
Swimmingpool Krossnes
Urđartindur
Valgeirsstađir - Hut
Drangsnes Camping area


Distances
Hólmavík:


Hvammstangi: 154 km
Blönduós: 201 km
Skagaströnd: 224 km
Sauđárkrókur: 277 km
Varmahliđ: 252 km
Hólar: 279 km
Hofsós: 286 km

Borgarnes: 199 km
Reykjavík: 273 km
Akureyri: 344 km
Húsavík: 436 km

The region of Strandir (literally: the coasts) was for centuries one of the most remote areas in Iceland, known for the inhabitants' knowledge of magic and as a refuge for criminals. The landscape of Strandir is far from uniform, the low hills of Hrútafjörđur in the south gradually change to 700 m high mountains rising straight from the coast in the northern part. The population in the Strandir region is only litle under 800. The town Hólmavík and Drangsnes village are the most heavily populated areas; around 400 people live in Hólmavík and barely 100 live in Drangsnes.

Hólmavík is a vibrant, pleasant town of 400 people situated in Steingrímsfjörđur fjord in Strandir alongside Route 61, just 270 km from Reykjavík. Inhabitants in the countryside surrounding Hólmavík live mostly on sheep farming, while economic activity in town revolves around the fisheries and services. It is often said that the people of Strandir are vibrant and well connected with nature, words that indeed are true. People of Strandir know a bit more about witchcraft and sorcery than others, and to underscore that claim, the Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft, which takes one on a tour into the mystical world of the supernatural, is to be found in Hólmavík. The history of witch-hunting in 17th century Iceland is presented at the exhibition as well as various aspects of magic from more recent sources. The main service centre for the whole Strandir region is in Hólmavík, including a health clinic, banks, shops, garage, information center, etc.

www.strandabyggd.is

Drangsnes A haven for bird-lovers, especially in early summer, this area offers easy hiking treks for everyone in summer and winter alike. Sheltering beneath the Bćjarfell mountain is Drangsnes, a fishing village of fewer than one hundred inhabitants with a general store and a campsite by the town hall. In Drangsnes one can also find hot tubs by the shore and 2 km away Grímsey Island teems with millions of nesting puffins and other seabirds. Annually in mid July, inhabitants of Drangsnes throw Bryggjuhátíđ (i.e., harbour festival), which is a great entertainment for the whole family. It?s usually launched with jig-angling contest for the youngsters in the morning and following that is a non-stop program throughout the day. To many the highlight of the festival is the seafood-tasting, where you?ll find the grill maestros of the parish cooking highly unusual food that is not served on a daily basis, for instance, lumpfish, salt cod, crab and other marine monsters!

www.drangsnes.is

Djúpavík is a sheltered bay in the Strandir district of northwest Iceland. It is a remote region, largely untouched by modern developments where silence reigns and nature continues to shape a rugged, mountainous landscape. Djúpavík Hotel is a building that was formerly the living quarters for women working in a herring processing factory that was built in the bay but fell into disuse many years ago.

Norđurfjörđur, one of Iceland’s last places. Occupying a stunning position amid fertile farmland at the head of the fjord of the same name, the village is dominated by the mountain Krossnesfjall (646m) to the east. One of the country’s most dramatically situated swimming pools, Krossneslaug, is just 4km northeast of the village, north of the farm at Krossnes. Here, natural springs provide a continuous source of hot water to feed the open-air pool down on the pebble beach, whose walls are barely a couple of metres from the icy waters of the Atlantic; a swim here is one of the most memorable experiences Iceland has to offer. Norđurfjörđur is also an access point for Hornstrandir; you can either hike in, or book in advance the ferry operated by Freydís.



















Hvammstangi Blonduos Skagastrond Saudarkrokur Varmahlid Holar Hofsos

Our good neighbors: Strandir