THE COUNTRY MUSIC TOWN
to get there
Skagastrond has been a trading centre since the late 15th century. Today it is a
thriving fishing port with seafood processing plants. The people of Skagastrond
quite often shown their pioneering spirit to enhance the property of the village and its
surrounding area. They were the first Icelanders to build a fully equipped factory trawler
despite facing pessimistic opposition which called the project "dreamboat".
Today many of the Icelandic trawlers are factory
One person, Mr. Hallbjorn Hjartarson, "The Icelandic Cowboy", showed a remarkable initiative
in promoting American country and western music.
He further operated, at his own expense, a radio
station playing only country and western, and for years on
end, he held a "Country
Festival", which attracted visitors from all over
the country and from abroad. Actually it can be
said that he developed his own
culture in Iceland’s musical life.
Fishing in nearby lakes and rivers is
plentiful, which also attracts many visitors. The distance from Reykjavik is
268 km by the Whale Bay tunnel.
23 km <Skagastrond>
Varmahlid 74 km, Saudarkrokur
via Skagi (Rd 745) 98 km.