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Top Choice Icelandic in Þórshöfn


Behind the N1 is a harbourside restaurant that has changed incarnations a few times, but seems to have settled on one – and it's a cool surprise to find a loungey area, wide-ranging menu, high-quality food and some …
Top Choice Cafe in Vopnafjörður


It seems everyone passing through town stops here – and with good reason. Inside Kaupvangur, you'll find sofas to relax on, plus excellent coffee, a big lunchtime soup buffet, pizzas (eat in or take away) and a temp…
Top Choice Cafe in Raufarhöfn

Kaupfélagið Raufarhöfn

Easily the brightest spark in town, this newly opened cafe and handicrafts gallery has bags of personality (driftwood, artworks, coffee pots). It's a welcome addition to the town, and opens for a breakfast buffet, a…
Cultural Centre in Vopnafjörður


The town’s most significant building is Kaupvangur, a restored customs house. You’ll find an excellent cafe and information centre on the ground floor, and a handicrafts store. Upstairs there’s a well-curated exhibi…
Museum in Vopnafjörður


This high-quality folk museum is set in a photogenic 18th-century turf-roofed manor house southwest of Vopnafjörður township. The on-site Cafe Croft serves home-baked cake and coffee. It's 8km off Rte 85 about 19km …
Supermarket in Kópasker


Skerjakolla is a sweet surprise: a decent grocery store, with a small and simple cafe inside serving pizza, sandwiches, coffee and cake. There's even a Vínbúðin here too, and a petrol pump out front.
Monument in Raufarhöfn

Arctic Henge

There are ambitious long-term plans underway to build a massive stone circle on the hill just north of town. When completed, the Arctic Henge will be 50m in diameter with four gates (to represent the seasons) up to …
Museum in Kópasker

Earthquake Centre

On 13 January 1976 Kópasker suffered a severe earthquake that destroyed several buildings and cracked the harbour wall. Today, there’s a small earthquake museum, which investigates the quake and other tectonics in I…
Museum in Kópasker

Byggðasafn Norður-Þingeyinga

South of the village, the folk museum at Snartarstaðir farm highlights local textile and handicraft traditions. Look for cute, fully dressed scarecrows in the nearby fields.
Museum in Þórshöfn


Sauðaneshús, the old vicarage on the church estate 7km north of town (en route to Langanes), provides insights into how locals lived a century ago, and houses a cafe.