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Hrutafjordur to Blonduos



Noršurland Vestra more

Did you know? The Post and Telecommunications Administration decided to erect a memorial of the rural postmen at Stadur on the Hrutafiord Bay and it was unveiled on May 13th 1993. 

Did you know?
Bjarg is a farm just east of River Midfjardara, rather high up in the slopes.  One of the strongest, bravest, and cleverest outlaws, Grettir Asmundarson, was born there around the year 1000. 

Did you know? Thingeyrar were among the best and most prosperous estates of the country. It possessed the rights to the great salmon catch of River Vatnsdalsa and to the seal hunting by its estuaries.

Did you know? The farm Hof is situated in the eastern part of the Vatnsdalur Valley.  According to the Book of Settlements, Ingimundur the Old Thorsteinsson settled the on the advice of the Danish king.

Did you know? The Lake Valley the northernmost part of it, just north of road # 1, is called Thristapar, or The Three Hummocks, where the last execution in Iceland took place in 1830.

Did you know? farm Stora-Gilja in the Hunavatn District in the North. The first Christian missionary, Thorvaldur Kodransson the widely travelled, was born there. He travelled about the country shortly before the year 1000 with a Saxon bishop, Frederick, and tried to spread Christianity.

Did you know?
The Hunafloi Gulf is 30 miles across between the peninsulas Skagi in the east, and Krossanes in the Strandir District. In 1244, the only sea battle of the country's history took place on the gulf - Cod Wars excluded.


Laufskįlarétt ķ Hjaltadal

Byggšasafn Skagfiršinga

 Skagafjordur more

Did you know? The church at Vidimyri (Skagafjordur) is considered to be "The purest example and the most beautiful keepsake of the Icelandic architecture" according to the words of one of the country's foremost archaeologists and its fourth president.
Did you know?
Flugumyri is a farm and a church site in the Blonduhlid County.  The present church was consecrated in 1930.

Did you know?  Vallholmi, Vallalaug or Vallnalaug is to the east of farm Ytra-Vallholt.  The area was a parliament site for centuries, eventually for the counties Seyla, Lytingsstadir, and Akrar.

Did you know? The island Drangey is a cliff, approximately 7 hundreds thousands of years old, but still protruding from the sea and surviving.
One should read the Saga of Grettir the strong, which is tightly connected to the island.

Did you know? Holar in Hjaltadal is a school centre and a parsonage in the Hjaltadalur valley. About the year 1106, it was decided to divide the country into two sees and the proprietor of Holar donated the place.

Akureyri and Eyjafjordur

Sigurhęšir Akureyri


 Eyjafjördur more

Did you know? Akureyri inner town.The spit of land, after which the town is named, was created by alluvia, deposited by a stream from the gully Budargil, which belonged to the estate Stora-Eyrarland. 
Did you know? Farm Myrka is a former parsonage and a church site in the Horgardalur Valley.  One of the most popular ghost stories is related to the former parsonage there.

Did you know?
During ancient times, Gasir was the most important trading post of the North.  It is located just south of the estuaries of River Horga and north of the farm Gaesir.

Did you know? Munkathvera is a farm, a church site and a former manor in the Laugaland benefice in the Eyjafiord District.  The estate was one of the best in the area and was mostly occupied by influential people.  Among them was Einar Thveraeingur, who is mentioned in several of the Sagas. 

Akureyri to Husavik



 Hśsavķk more

Did you know? Ljosavatn is a lake, farm and a church site in Pass Ljosavatnsskard near the mouth of Valley Bardardalur. Ljosavatn is best known as the residence of the pagan chieftain Thorgeir Thorkelsson before and after the year 1000.

Did you know?
Muli is an ancient estate, a parsonage for extended periods and a church site in the Adaldalur Valley.
Around the turn of the 11th century Oddi Helgason lived there.  His popular name is Star Oddi, because he was among the foremost astronomer of the world of the time.

Did you know? Kaldakinn is the populated, rural area between the Pass Ljosavatnsskard and the Bay Skjalfandafloi According to The Book of Settlements a Swede, Gardar Svavarsson, who was among the three discoverers of Iceland, lost a boat attached to his vessel with two slaves, a male and a female.

Did you know?
The abandoned farm Theistareykir, and the surrounding area with the same name. According to the legend, 12 polar bears once visited the farm and killed the people.

Did you know? The mountainous peninsula Tjornes is indented with short valleys and gorges. It is situated between the bays Skjalfandi and Oxarfiord.




Mżvatn more

Did you know? In 1563 the Namaskard mines came into the possession of the Danish king and were exploited until the middle of the 19th century.  A sulphur factory was built at Bjarnarflag in 1939 and operated for a few years.

Did you know? The crater row Jardbadsholar is situated near road #1 between the Namaskard Pass and the hamlet Reykjahlid on lake Myvatn. A younger crater row was added to it in 1725.

Did you know? The Horse Castle" is one of two "tuff rings" situated in the northeastern part of the country. This one is about 10.000 years old and the other, Hverfjall, on lake Myvatn is 2500 years old.

Did you know? Mt Hverfjall is a gigantic tephra crater, a so-called Tuff Ring, created 2,500 years ago. It is one kilometre in diameter and the concave is 140 metres deep.


National Park Jokulsarglufur


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Did you know? National  park Jokulsarglufur was established in 1973. Its area covers 150 km² and a 35 km long stretch along the western side of the glacial river Jokulsa. The northernmost part, Asbyrgi, was incorporated in 1978.

Did you know?
Selfoss is one of the three waterfalls of river Jokulsa a Fjollum.  It is located about one kilometre to the south of the mighty Dettifoss.

Did you know? Dettifoss is Europe’s mightiest waterfall. It is 44 m high and about 100 m wide. Further south is another called Selfoss, 10 m high, and further north the Hafragilsfoss (27 m high).

Did you know? Holmatungur is a well vegetated area on the western side of the canyon of the glacial river Jokulsa in the National Park Jokulsargljufur.

Myvatn to Egilsstadir

Grķmstašir į Fjöllum
Grķmsstašir į Fjöllum


 Egilsstašir more

Did you know? Farm Grimsstadir and farm Modrudalur are the highest lying farms of the country. 

Did you know? J
okuldalur (The Glacial Valley) is the longest inhabited valleys of the country.

Did you know? Modrudalur is the highest situated and still inhabited farm of the country (469m).

Did you know?
Bruardalir valleys are situated in the Bruaroraefi Interior of the North East

Did you know?
Hareksstadir was a farm on the Jokuldalsheidi moorland. It was the first and best housed farm to be built in this area in the 19th century, in 1841.

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