Top things to do

Top Choice Waterfall in Hvalfjörður


At the head of Hvalfjörður, and up Botnsdalur valley, lies Glymur, Iceland’s highest waterfall (198m). From the trailhead, it’ll take a couple of hours to reach the cascade's viewpoints on rough, slippery trails. A …
Cafe in Hvalfjörður

Kaffi Kjós

Tucked into a verdant valley winding southeast off of Hvalfjörður (Rte 461), this welcoming roadside cafe overlooking glittering Meðalfellsvatn offers a welcome break with a menu of local fare, burgers, sandwiches a…
Museum in Akranes

Akranes Folk Museum

Akranes' sprawling Museum Centre is full of nautical relics, crystals, fossils and tales of local sporting heroes. The folk museum wing displays antiques such as an old car and fishing apparel. Outside, there’s a re…
Museum in Hvalfjörður

War & Peace Museum

During WWII Hvalfjörður contained a submarine and warship station and over 20,000 American and British soldiers passed through. This museum houses artefacts from that time and a small cafe, and has a campground (per…
Church in Hvalfjörður


The church at the Saurbær farmstead is worth a look for its beautiful stained-glass work by Gerður Helgadóttir. It is named for Reverend Hallgrímur Pétursson, who served here from 1651 to 1669, and composed Iceland’…
International in Akranes


Despite its location in a completely nondescript commercial block, Galito is undoubtedly top dog if you’re looking to upgrade from petrol-station fare. Meals range from pizza to pasta, fish and lamb.