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Top Choice Museum in Hólmavík

Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft

The multilingual displays at this award-winning museum brilliantly convey dark, dramatic tales. Unlike the witches of New England's Salem trials, most of Iceland’s convicted witches were men. Often 'occult practices…
Top Choice Gallery in Reykjarfjörður

The Factory

Crumbling plaster, towering chimneys and vast water tanks ensure Reykjarfjörður's old herring factory is an atmospheric place. The trappings of old industry litter its dusty, cavernous spaces. Now each summer they'r…
Top Choice Icelandic in Norðurfjörður

Kaffi Norðurfjörður

Settle at a table overlooking the tiny harbour and let a pair of friendly women transform produce from the fjords and hills – the Icelandic lamb with bearnaise sauce and local cod with capes are renowned. Be sure to…
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. It's dim, cramped, clutte…
Landmark in Drangsnes

Kerling

Legend has it that this stumpy rock stack is the remains of a petrified troll and Uxi, her bull, is the formation out at sea near the island of Grímsey. The trolls were said to have been digging a trench to sever th…
Cafe in Drangsnes

Malarkaffi

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

Restaurant Galdur

The menu changes daily at this friendly restaurant: look for fish fresh from the fjord, crispy pizzas and rhubarb with cream for dessert. Great outdoor tables when sunny.
International in Hólmavík

Café Riis

The town’s welcoming pub and restaurant is set in a historic wooden building with carved magic symbols on the bar. The nutty, sesame-crusted chicken is delicious.
Landmark in Bjarnarfjörður

Gvenderlaug

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. The tiny, circular, rock-lined pool also feeds …
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.