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Top Choice Museum in Hólmavík

Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

This award-winning museum is by Hólmavík's central harbour. Unlike the witches of the infamous Salem trials in New England, almost all of Iceland’s convicted witches were men. Most of their occult practices were sim…
Museum in Bjarnarfjörður

Sorcerer’s Cottage

The three-room turf-roofed Sorcerer’s Cottage is part of the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Hólmavík and shows what living conditions were like for the purported sorcerers. Find it signposted behind…
International in Norðurfjörður

Kaffi Norðurfjörður

A pair of friendly women home-cook all the food here, using fresh ingredients and incorporating creative Asian accents. The peaceful fjord and harbour views are lovely. You can also book ahead for a breakfast buffet…
International in Hólmavík

Café Riis

The town’s popular pub and restaurant is set in a historic wooden building with carved magic symbols on the bar. Roasted chicken breast and trout are delish.
Cafe in Drangsnes


Malarkaffi, the cafe at Malarhorn, serves a super array of fish on its 2nd-storey verandah overlooking the fjord.
Cafe in Hólmavík

Restaurant Galdur

The menu changes daily at this friendly restaurant: look for mussels fresh from the fjord and wild berries for dessert. Great outdoor tables when sunny.
Museum in Strandir Coast

Sheep Farming Museum

The small Sheep Farming Museum, 12km south of Hólmavík, details the region’s farming history through photos and artefacts. Chessboards, pie, ice cream and coffee in the comfy cafe (snacks kr800 to kr1400) may keep y…
Landmark in Bjarnarfjörður


Gvenderlaug is a landmark, 42°C miracle-producing pool (no bathing!) that was blessed by the bishop Gvendur the Good in the 13th century and is now a national monument. Find it signposted behind Hótel Laugarhóll; Gv…
Museum in Norðurfjörður


Displays at this small museum cover fishing, farming and collected knick-knacks. Handicrafts are for sale and staff offer information about the area.