History beneath your feet

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Skagafjrur has played a significant role in the history of Iceland since settlement. The region boasts a rich saga heritage and many significant historical sites.

These include many sites of important historical events that occurred in the early years of Icelandic settlement, events that had a significant influence on the development of Icelandic society and politics.Being home to a strong ecclesial authority, monasteries and Episcopal see; which for many centuries was the second most powerful centre of authority in Iceland; had a significant impact on the culture in Skagafjrur.

More information regarding the history of Skagafjrur can be foundhere,and the Saga map of North West Iceland can be purchased at the tourist information centres and most stores in the region.The map is available in English and Icelandic.

Tour operators

  • Glaumbr Museum
    Opening hours
    April 1st - May 19th:10:00 - 16:00, monday-friday.
    May 20th - September 20th:9:00 - 18:00, daily.
    September 21st - October 20th:10:00 - 16:00, monday-friday.
    October 21st - March 31st:Open monday-friday by request.

    For more than half a century the Skagafjrur Heritage Museum has presented an exhibition in the turf farmhouse of Glaumbr. Within the authentic buildings, everyday tools are displayed in their natural environment, bearing witness to vanished times and the daily activities of people in Iceland's past.

  • Vimrarkirkja
    Opening hours, summer 2019:
    Daily 09:00 - 18:00 (9am - 6pm)

    Vimrarkirkja church is one of Iceland's very few turf churches to have been preserved. At the beginning of the 20th century, there was uncertainty about even its fate, but gradually people realised how invaluable it was as a cultural asset. The Keeper of National Antiquities himself, Matthas rarson, took the initiative towards protecting the church, which was eventually purchased by the state and placed under the oversight of the National Museum. Vimri Church is still in use as a parish church.


  • The Transportation Museum
    Opening hours, summer 2019:
    Daily 11:00 - 18:00 (11am - 6pm)


    The Transportation museum in Strageri Skagafiri is a car and auto museum that was founded in 26. of June 2004. The museum is open all days from 11-18 from 1.st of June to 30.st of September. We have around 100 show pieces in 1400 sq.ft showroom and around 300 autos outside in both good and bad condition along with all the historical pieces that connects with the Icelandic history of transportation. Our oldest car is from 1923 and youngest is from 2003. We offer both coffee and refreshments and in our dining room we have space for 60-70 people. The museum is located 13 km south of small town called Hofss.

    We welcome you to our fascinating environment on the most beautiful place on earth, Skagafjrur.

  • Ltingsstair - The Old Stable
    Opening hours, summer 2019:
    Daily 09:00 - 19:00 (9am - 7pm)

    Inspired by the long history of the farm Ltingsstair, a horse stable and a storage room was built here in 2015. The two gabled houses combine turf, stones and wood, and they are masterpieces of traditional, even if nowadays very rare, Icelandic craftsmanship. Lets tell you the story of how horses were kept on farms in the old days, and have a look at the display featuring old tools, tack and other items connected with horses and farming.

    Entrance fee for adults, free entry for children under 12.

  • The Emigration Center
    Opening hours, summer 2019:
    Daily 11:00 - 18:00 (11am - 6pm)

    Enjoyable and instructive exhibitions in three splendid buildings byHofss harbor.

    The exhibitions trace the history of Icelanders' emigration to North America.

  • The Icelandic Horse History Centre
    Opening hours, summer 2019:
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00 (10am - 6pm)

    This year, a new exhibition opened in the centre, entitledSplendid Saddlery.It is a reproduction of an exhibition of the same title held at the National Museum of Iceland last year, with the limitations caused by the exhibition facilities and storage of objects.

    The exhibition focuses on the handicraft and artistry of the craftsmen who made the equipment for the riding horses of well-to-do people. Fascinating graphics decorating saddles, buckles, girths,and caparisons reflect on the craftmanship and knowledge of those who created this exuberant heritage. The saddlery of former times also sheds light on the development of riding gear and what it represented, as well as on the horse which was fitted out with these treasures.

    The caparisons, which were used to protect the saddles and the horsewomen themselves from dirt, are worth mentioning in this connection, as they are not only stunningly beautiful, but also an Icelandic speciality. It is also a matter of interest that the only installed clay-weighted loom in the North of Iceland, which was indeed the kind of loom used to weave the caparisons, is in the new Auunarstofa Hall at Hlar.

    TheSplendid Saddleryis an intriguing exhibition which appeals to Icelanders and visitors alike.

  • 1238 The Battle of Iceland

    Open daily from 08:00 18:00.

    1238 The Battle of Iceland is an immersive exhibition that goes a step beyond the regular history museum. Welcoming to people of all ages the exhibition offers its guests to see and take part in history through virtual reality. Whether visitors have great or no interest in history, the exhibition invites its guests to experience history in a super modern and artful interactive installation.

    The exhibition revolves around the most famous part of the Icelandic Sagas
    The Sturlung Era (1220 1264); the bloodiest and most violent era in Icelandic history.Sturlunga recreated with interactive technology brings to life, in a fascinating vision, Icelands most dramatic clash of family clans and the fatal civil war that ended Icelands independence.

    Grna Bistro, at 1238 The Battle of Iceland, offers a bistro menu with great local food, coffee and beverages, in a cozy dining area for up to 60 people.

    On the ground floor you will also find the Tourist Information Office in Saurkrkur.

  • Puffin and Friends
    Opening hours:
    Weekdays 09:00 - 17:00
    Weekends 12:00 - 17:00
    The Arctic Puffinand it's friends.
    Experience exclusive high quality wildlife footage from the islands of Skagfjordur. Seales, Whales and the mystical Arctic Puffin and its feathered friends, all in their natural inhabitance in and around our fjords islands Drangey and Mlmey. In addition to all of our stunning footage, weve got the Puffin and almost all of its friends on Display.
    Interactive 360
    Explore the nature of the north.Explore the mystical Puffin during their summer visit to Skagafjordurs islands, Mlmey and Drangey in our blue room and experience our unique 360 VR video exhibition from their inhabitance. At Puffin and Friends youll also see Harbor and Gray Seals in their natural environment right before you might run into some Polar Bears that wandered to our fjord, watch out!

Contact Us

Tel(+354) 455 6161
info@visitskagafjordur.is

Short Distance Everywhere

Akureyri - Skagafjrur 118 km

Reykjavik - Skagafjrur 290 km

Egilsstair - Skagafjrur 383 km

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