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Top Choice Landmark in Vatnsnes Peninsula

Hvítserkur

On the Vatnsnes Peninsula's east coast, 30km north of the Ring Road, there's a car park, viewing platform and path leading to the splendidly photogenic 15m-high sea stack Hvítserkur. Legend has it that Hvítserkur wa…
Top Choice Icelandic in Hvammstangi

Sjávarborg

Hats off to this stylish restaurant above the Icelandic Seal Centre. Reserve ahead for a table by vast picture windows offering fjord views and a menu that roves from seared tuna to gourmet burgers to slow-cooked la…
Farm in Vatnsnes Peninsula

Illugastaðir

On the west side of Vatnsnes Peninsula is Illugastaðir farm, with wonderful views of peaks along the Strandir coast in the Westfjords. A 10-minute walk through bird-filled fields leads from the car park to a popular…
Icelandic in Vatnsnes Peninsula

Geitafell

Roughly 25km from Hvammstangi (3km north of Illugastaðir) is the wonderfully unique Geitafell, a restaurant in a converted barn where fish soup is the star, served with salad and home-baked bread (skyr – a yoghurt-l…
Church in Hvammstangi to Blönduós

Þingeyrar

Around 19km west of Blönduós, a 6km detour along Rte 721 leads you to a precious stone church, Þingeyrar, sitting quietly and photogenically beside Hóp lagoon. The current structure was erected in the 1860s, but 800…
Landmark in Vatnsnes Peninsula

Borgarvirki

Take the detour off Rte 711 (or accessed via Rte 716 off the Ring Road) to reach mysterious Borgarvirki, believed to be a defensive fortification from the early years of Icelandic history. It's a natural rock format…
Museum in Hvammstangi

Selasetur Íslands

The town's prime attraction is the prominent Icelandic Seal Centre on the harbourfront, where you can learn about conservation of seals, historic seal products and traditional folk tales involving seals. There’s als…
Canyon in Hvammstangi to Blönduós

Kolugljúfur

Take Rte 715 south off the Ring Road to reach the scenic waterfalls at Kolugljúfur, an enchanting canyon that was once home to a beautiful female troll. (It's a 6km drive if you take the turn-off 7km past Gauksmýri …
Museum in Blönduós

Textile Museum

Set in a head-turning modern building on the north bank of the Blanda River, this small, attractive museum displays local handicrafts, painstakingly intricate embroideries and early Icelandic costumes.
International in Blönduós

B&S Restaurant

The usual suspects – soup, salad, burgers, fish and pizza – greet diners on the picture menu at this decent, albeit overpriced, place neighbouring the N1, but there are a few unexpected items if you go looking (eg h…