Information about Skagafjörður

Sauðárkrókur is the largest settlement in Skagafjörður.Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo Credit: Steinib68

Skagafjörður is a fjord in North Iceland. Sauðárkrókur is its largest village. Skagafjörður district is an agricultural hub and has a rich history.

Islands & Cape

There are three islands in the fjord, Drangey, Malmey and Lundey. Drangey island is the most impressive of these, steep-cliffed, shaped like a fort, and rich with birdlife. For 19 years it was the refuge for the outlaw Grettir Ásmundarsson of Grettis Saga fame.

Þórðarhöfði may resemble a traditional island when seen from afar but is actually a cape, the remnants of an old volcano. The cape has beautiful rows of columnar basalt, best seen from the sea.

Like many fjords of the north, Skagafjörður has a wealth of animals outside its birdlife. It also has resident seals, and whales and dolphins are often spotted from the shore.

History, Culture & activities

An old renovated turf farm house is to be seen at Glaumbaer museum, giving a good sense of the rural life of 18th and 19th century Iceland.

North Iceland was a bishop’s district of its own and the bishop’s seat was at Hólar in Hjaltadalur valley in the east of Skagafjörður. Hólar today features an agricultural university, and is the seat for an ordaining bishop, who is a woman.

Skagafjörður district has some of the best rafting rivers in the country, so rafting there is highly popular, as well as horseback riding.

Five of the largest battles in Icelandic history were fought on Skagafjörður in the 13th century civil war. This war was fought between dominant family clans, who could not sort out their issues at the parliament at Þingvellir.

The war was greatly exacerbated by the King of Norway at the time. He sought to include Iceland in his kingdom, and sent many vassals to stir up the chieftains and bring many into his fold.

The civil war ended when he finally got his way, ending the Icelandic Commonwealth and beginning the first of nearly seven centuries of colonial rule.

 

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Attractions nearby Skagafjörður

Sauðárkrókur

Sauðárkrókur (a.k.a. 'Krókurinn'), is the largest urban area in Skagafjörður in north Iceland and the second...

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Álftavatn

Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo Credit Chmee2/Valtameri Álftavatn is a beautiful lake in the southern Icelandic highlands, renowned fo...

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Glaumbær

Glaumbaer, in the Skagafjordur district in North Iceland, is a museum featuring a renovated turf farm and timber buildings, showcasing 18th and 19th-c...

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Grettislaug

Grettislaug is a pool at Reykir in Skagafjordur in North Iceland. It is named after the outlaw Grettir of Grettis Saga fame, who was said to have warm...

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Hofsós

 Photo from 3 great reasons for visiting beautiful Hofsós.  Located in the north-west, Hofsós is one of the oldest tradi...

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Drangey

  Drangey, with its steep sea cliff and rich birdlife, is situated in the middle of Skagafjordur. It towers majestically over the fjord, resembl...

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Varmahlíð

  Varmahlid is a small village by Highway Route 1 in Skagafjordur. It is a popular nesting place and resort. Varmahlid features a hotel, a res...

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Hólar in Hjaltadalur

Holar in Hjaltadalur valley, in the east of Skagafjordur is an ancient bishop seat and an important historical site. It currently has a female ordaini...

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Austari-Jökulsá

  Austari-Jokulsa (East Jokulsa River), 'The Beast of the East', is a glacier river in Skagafjordur district. With its strong stream, wi...

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Blönduós

Blönduós is the largest urban area of Húnaflói bay in northwest Iceland, with a population of around 880 people. It is a ser...

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Reykir

Reykir is a tiny settlement in North Iceland. It is best known for its regional museum and the hot spring Biskupslaug. The Reykir regional museum is ...

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Reykir Regional Museum (Hrútafjörður)

The local culture museum at Reykir in Hrutafjordur bay in North Iceland gives a good impression of the shark hunts from the bay and the farm comm...

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North Iceland

North Iceland is a beautiful region, hosting some of the best attractions on the island.  Home to the Lake Mývatn region, the town of A...

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Hóp Lake

Lake Hop is a tidal lake in North Iceland. It is the fifth largest lake in the country and popular for fishing. The lake is situated around 35 km fro...

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Vatnsdalur

Vatnsdalur ('Lake Valley') is a valley in Hunavatnssysla in North Iceland. It is located just south of the Ring Road. As well as being well ...

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Tyrfingsstaðir

Tyrfingsstaðir turf farm is unique turf house with several outhouses, dating back to before the year 1300. Last inhabited in 1969, these huts ...

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Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur, otherwise known as the Troll of Northwest Iceland, is a 15 m (49 ft) tall basalt rock stack protruding from Húnafl&oa...

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Svarfadardalur

Svarfaðardalur is a wide, fertile and densely populated valley in north Iceland, dotted with quintessential farmsteads, gurgling streams and surro...

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Borgarvirki

Photo by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir. Borgarvirki ‘Citadel’ is a columnar basalt fortress and a volcanic plug on the Va...

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Öxnadalur

Oxnadalur is a magnificent valley in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. Priest, poet and translator Jon Thorlaksson lived there in his later da...

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