History beneath your feet
Skagafj÷rur has played a significant role in the history of Iceland since settlement. The region boasts a rich saga heritage and many significant historical sites.á
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.áBeing 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 Skagafj÷rur.
More information regarding the history of Skagafj÷rur can be foundáhere,áand the Saga map of North West Iceland can be purchased at the tourist information centres and most stores in the region.áThe map is available in English and Icelandic.
For more than half a century the Skagafj÷rur Heritage Museum has presented an exhibition in the turf farmhouse of GlaumbŠr. 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.
Inspired by the long history of the farm Lřtingsstair, 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. Let┤s 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.
Opening times: The stable is open daily from start of May until end of September, other times of year on request.
Entrance fee for adults, free entry for children under 12.
Enjoyable and instructive exhibitions in three splendid buildings byáHofsˇs' harbor.
The exhibitions trace the history of Icelanders' emigration to North America.
The exhibits at Minjah˙si, in Saußrkrˇkur village, include both Old-Time Workshops, which entirely recreates the workshops of a mechanic, carpenter, saddler and watchmaker,áand also temporary exhibitions which highlight other aspects of the history and people of Skagafjordur. áThe Minjah˙s is also home to a polar bear that saw it's final days here in the fjord.
The Icelandic Horse History Centre tells you the of horses and horsemanship in Iceland in an exhibition innovatively combining artefacts and information technology.
Opening hours (Summer 2017):
June 1st - August 31st: daily 09:00 - 18:00
The Transportation museum in Stˇrageri 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 Hofsˇs.
We welcome you to our fascinating environment on the most beautiful place on earth, Skagafj÷rur.
VÝimřrarkirkja 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, MatthÝas Ůˇrarson, took the initiative towards protecting the church, which was eventually purchased by the state and placed under the oversight of the National Museum. VÝimřri Church is still in use as a parish church.