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Caves of Hella

Ægissíða 4, 851 Hella

Twelve man-made caves have been discovered on the land of Ægissíða by Hella on the South coast of Iceland. Four of them have been open to the public. The historical site is Iceland's oldest still standing archaeological remains. Some believe the caves to date even further back than the settlement of the Nordic Vikings.

The wonders of the Caves of Hella include ancient crosses, wall carvings and carved seats.

Mystery surrounds the caves and for centuries people have wondered:

  • Are the caves the handiwork of the Celts?
  • Were the caves a place of ancient worship?

Caves of Hella offer a great opportunity to explore these historic caves in Iceland. Join us to discover the secrets they hold and experience the magical Underworld of the South.

The Caves are located right next to Route 1 (the Ring Road), an approximately hour drive from Reykjavik.

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Einar Jónsson Museum

Hallgrímstorg 3, 101 Reykjavík

Einar Jónsson (1874-1954) was Iceland´s first sculptor. When The Einar Jónsson Museum opened in 1923 it became the first public art museum in Iceland. The museum´s foundation can be traced back to 1909, when Einar gave his sculptures to the Icelandic nation with a stipulation that a museum be built to display them. Today the building is protected as a listed structure.

Einar was influenced by Nordic symbolism and the museum contains close to 300 of his artwork. At the beginning of his career the artist drew inspiration from folklore and mythology. His introduction to theosophy in 1910 had a great impact on both his life and art.

The museum was also the artist´s studio and home. Einar and Anna, his wife and first director of the museum, lived in the penthouse apartment, now a part of the museum. In the sculpture garden, behind the museum, are 26 bronze casts of Einar's sculptures. The garden is open all year round and is a popular spot in the city.

Opening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-17:00. Closed on Mondays.
The sculpture garden is always open.
Guided tours for groups by arrangement.

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The Museum of Prophecies

Oddagata 5, 545 Skagaströnd

The Museum of Prophecies

Exhibition, storytelling and fortune telling.

The exhibition focuses on Þórdís the fortune-teller, the first named inhabitant of Skagaströnd, who lived there in the late 10th century. A painted tapestry tells the story of Þórdís. Guides lead visitors through the exhibition which features all kinds of interesting information about prophecies and fortune telling. Visitors can have their fortunes told and their palms read on request. Children can examine Þórdís's gold chest, where various interesting things are hidden.

We have a great range of Icelandic craft and design.

Opening hours: June - Sept.

Tuesday - Sunday

13:00-18:00

Closed on Mondays.

Opening hours from Sept. - June by arrangement, please contact us by phone.

tel: 861 5089 / 452 2726

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1238: The Battle of Iceland

Aðalgata 21, 550 Sauðárkrókur

The exhibition, 1238 : The Battle of Iceland, revolves around the most famous part of the Icelandic Sagas - Sturlung Era (1220 - 1264); the bloodiest and most violent era in Icelandic history. Sturlunga is recreated with interactive technology and brings to life, in a fascinating vision, Iceland's most dramatic clash of family clans and the fatal civil war that ended Iceland's independence.

1238 : The Battle of Iceland, is an immersive exhibition that goes a step beyond the regular history museum. The exhibition offers people of all ages to experience history in a very modern and artful interactive installations and to take part in dramatic events through virtual reality. Whether visitors have great or no interest in history the visit is truly an amazing experience.

Café & Bistro, Souvenir Shop and Tourist Information Office is also located at 1238 : The Battle of Iceland.

Open daily 11:00 - 16:00
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Katla Visitor Center

Víkurbraut 28, 870 Vík

In the old heart of Vík, you will find the historical Brydebúð building, housing Katla Visitor Center.

Encounter the geology of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark in the Katla exhibition. Feel the various textures of local minerals including volcanic ash dating back to 1860; and learn about volcanic eruptions in the infamous Katla volcano.

Discover the history of shipwrecks and disasters on the black beaches of South Iceland and get to know the lucky ship Skaftfellingur at Hafnleysa Maritime Museum. Put yourselves in the shoes of fishermen fighting the waves of the harborless south coast.

Learn how best to experience Vík and Mýrdalur region at our information center. Shop local produce and explore Vík by participating in the Vík Treasure Quest or tour the brand new Vík Culture Walk. Maps of the area with all its exciting outdoor opportunities are available here!

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The Cave People

Laugarvatnshellar, 840 Laugarvatn

Can you imagine how it is to live in a cave? Well less than 100 years ago a normal Icelandic family did!

The Caves have been renovated the way they looked when the last Cave People in Iceland lived there only a Century ago.

Join us in a Guided tour in the Caves and their Surroundings and we will bring the story to life with amazing tales about how they lived, their struggles and their happiness. The tour length is 20 minutes and we have a new departure every 30 minutes. Before or after the tour you can relax in our coffee tent for a cup of coffee and some traditional Icelandic treats.

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The Icelandic Herring Era Museum

Snorragata 15, 580 Siglufjörður

The Herring Era Museum is Iceland's largest maritime and industrial museum, where visitors have the opportunity to get to know the herring fishery and processing industry that underpinned Iceland's economy for much of the twentieth century.

Three very different museum buildings provide visitors with an insight into the magnificent and captivating herring industry. The Róaldsbrakki is a Norwegian herring station dating back to 1907. Most of this building is as it was in the past, when herring girls lived in the building throughout the summer. Grána is an example of a small herring factory of the 1930s and visitors can see the workings of the reduction industry, which has long been seen as Iceland's first major industry. The Boathouse seeks to recreate a portion of a herring port, with the fleet alongside one evening in 1950 and allows visitors to mull over what it must have been like to walk the quaysides around the middle of the last century.
More information: www.sild.is/en

Opening hours:
May and September: 13 - 17
June, July, August: 10 - 18
Winter: By arrangement

Siglufjörður is only and hour drive from Akureyri!

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Eiríksstaðir - Living Museum

Haukadalur, 371 Búðardalur

A unique historical place, where you can step back to the Viking Era and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of Eriks the Red's farm which is also the birthplace of Leif the Lucky who is said to have discovered America. Modern day vikings demonstrate the lifestyle of the 10th century, sharing their crafts and knowledge.Opening hoursWeek days:Saturdays:Sundays:May 1st - September 30th:10:00-16:0010:00-16:0010:00-16:00Also open on request for groups.

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From Coast To Mountains

Ingólfshöfðabílastæði, 785 Öræfi

We are a local family company that has been running trips in southeast Iceland since 1991.

Our Summer Special is the popular Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour. This adventurous journey starts on a tractor drawn hay cart, traveling 6 km across the black sands flats of the southeast coast. Our destination is the isolated headland and nature reserve, Ingólfshöfði, a home of thousands nesting seabirds, including puffins and the great skuas.

The historical cape is named after the first settler of Iceland Ingólfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter in Iceland at the cape in 874 AD.

For booking and more information, visit www.puffintour.is

We also offer Ingólfshöfði Photo Tour, for serious photographers to photograph puffins in early morning couple of times a week in summer.

Our Winter special is without a doubt, the Ice Cave Tour.

Einar Rúnar Sigurðsson, owner and lead guide of FromCoastToMountains is the pioneer of the ice cave tours in Iceland and has found and named most of the famous ice caves in Vatnajökull glacier.

In the wintertime we organize trips to ice caves ranging from short visit to an easily accessible ice cave or ice tunnel during our Ice Cave Tour, to our two day Ice Cave SleepOver Tour to more remote ice cave.

For booking and more information, visit www.icecaving.is

FromCoastToMountains also organizes various trips in the Vatnajökull region, mostly for individuals and small parties. We offer solutions for people that want to experience the nature and glaciers of southeast Iceland with native mountain guides.

If you would like to know more about our different private or small group tours, please visit: www.fromcoasttomountains.com/our-tours

Our Latest Adventure is our newest product, Café Vatnajökull in Fagurhólsmýri, which our family opened in 2017. This former local grocery store was the heart of our community for almost 40 years, but was closed for a decade until we bought it and converted it to be the base of our operations.

Our Café is an adventure in it self. Here you can meet the locals, see and buy our family products, get fresh Icelandic coffee from and try some of Icelandic special treats. Don´t be a stranger and come to visit us and experience a special atmosphere in the beautiful surrounding of Vatnajökull.

Our photos speak more than words, check out our photo gallery on our web site, www.fromcoasttomountains.com/gallery

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Departure:

Duration:

Ingólfshöfði PuffinTour -
Birdwatching and historytrip to Ingólfshöfði nature reserve.

From mid May - mid August: every day except Sundays.
For more info visit www.PuffinTour.is

2 1/2 hours

Ingólfshöfði PhotoTour -
Special departures for
serious photographers
to Ingólfshöfði.

June - August:every day except Sundays.
Booking on www.PuffinTour.is
For more info visit www.PuffinTour.is

3 hours


Ice Cave Tour
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A visit to an Ice cave
in Vatnajökull.


November - March: every day except Sundays.
Booking on www.IceCaving.is
For more info visit www.IceCaving.is


2-3 hours

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Snorrastofa Reykholt

Reykholt, 320 Reykholt í Borgarfirði

Reykholt is one of Iceland's most renowned historical sites where some of the finest works of Old Icelandic literature were written.

Snorrastofa, a cultural - and medieval centre, founded in memory of Snorri Sturluson,and situated in his ancient homestead at Reykholt. Snorrastofa manages various research projects and provides reception and information for travelers, historical exhibitions, guided tours and lectures. Books on history and culture, Icelandic handicraft and souvenirs are available in the shop.

Guest accommodation for scholars and facilities for conferences and gatherings

Concerts in the church of Reykholt.

Opening hours Weekdays:
Saturdays: Sundays:
May 1st - August 31st:
10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
1st September - April 30th:
10:00-17:00 Closed Closed
Open on request during winter weekends.


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Fjorukrain - Viking Village

Víkingastræti 1-3, 220 Hafnarfjörður

The Viking Village is personal family business in the restaurant and hotel business. It is located in Hafnarfjörður a lovely town by the sea and our facilities have ocean front views, delightful sunsets and often in the wintertime we see the Northern Lights in the sky above. It only takes 10-15 minutes to drive to Reykjavík city centrum.

Jóhannes Viðar Bjarnason the owner did open the restaurant 10th of May 1990. He started only with our small Restaurant called Fjaran/Valhalla and has been step by step building it up. Today it is two restaurants that can seat more than 400 people and hotel with 42 rooms and 14 viking cottages. Fjörukráin the viking restaurant is famous for the Viking Feasts that we offer most nights. Then our guest get good food and entertainment at the same time.

We welcome you to our Viking Village

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Hotel Heydalur

Mjóifjörður, 420 Súðavík

Hotel Heydalur is located in the beautiful valley of Heydalur, around 320 km from Reykjavík and 130 km from Ísafjörður. The hotel offers 59 beds in 19 rooms (all with private WC) as well as three summer cottages.

The hotel restaurant is renowned for its delicious, local food which is served in the old barn.

The hotel also operates a campsite (open from June 1 until the end of October) with warm showers, flushing toilets and ample electricity plugs for RVs and trailers.

Heydalur has recently been nominated as the best bathing site in the Westfjords area. Near the hotel you will find two outdoor, geothermal hot tubs, as well as a small pool inside a tropical greenhouse. On the other side of the river Heydalsá you will find yet another natural hot tub.

The opportunities for recreation and activities are almost endless. The hotel has a playground for children and youth, but also offers guided kayaking and horse riding tours that are suitable for most people. There are numerous hiking routes available, birdwatching is excellent during summer and freshwater fishing is also possible. During winter, visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and, of course, the magic of the northern lights.

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Langanes Private Tours

Ytra-Lón, 681 Þórshöfn

LANGANES PRIVATE TOURS

We make a visit to Langanes peninsula memorable with our private Land rover tours. A tour for minimum 2 and maximum 6 persons, a unique and exciting experience with our great value one-on-one private tour service.

Langanes is a veritable outdoor paradise teeming with birdlife, great for nature study and hiking as well as some tangible history. A trip to the outlying peninsula is an unforgettable adventure, passing remnants of ancient farms and deserted buildings like Heiði. Below Skoruvík cliffs is Stórikarl rock column, one of Iceland's largest gannet colonies. Way out on the eastern shore stood village Skálar from 1910-1946.

Departure : Ytra Lón - Landrover tour for 2-6 persons. Pick-up service for Þórshöfn.

Daily summer : May 1st > August 31st

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Icelandic Lava Show

Víkurbraut 5, 870 Vík

Experience the hot molten lava Icelandic Lava Show in Vík, South Iceland, is the only place in the world where you can safely experience lava up close and personal. Icelandic Lava Show recreates a volcano eruption by melting lava up to 1100 degrees C (2000°F) and pouring it into the showroom where the visitors see the lava flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the intense heat that radiates from it. Absolutely one-of-a-kind experience.

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Skriðuklaustur, Centre of culture & history

Skriðuklaustur, 701 Egilsstaðir

Skriðuklaustur is the former home of the famous author Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889-1975). Since 2000 it has been open as a centre of culture & history with various activities and exhibitions. It houses a museum about the author with personal guidance about his life and career as well as the adventure of building a mansion in Fljotsdalur valley in 1939.

The house itself is one of Iceland's most treasured buildings, donated to the Icelandic nation by the author in 1948. It was designed by the German architect Fritz Höger.

At Skriðuklaustur, you can also have a look at the ruins of a medieval Augustinian monastery from the 16th century which was excavated at the beginning of the 21st century. The ruins are accessible all year round, close to the author's home. The exhibition about medieval life and the excavation can be found in the cultural centre which also houses the restaurant Klausturkaffi.

Opening hours
April: Open daily 12pm - 4pm
May: Open daily 11am - 5pm
June - August: Open daily 10am - 6pm
September - october 17th: Open daily 12am - 5pm


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Skogar Museum

Skógar, 861 Hvolsvöllur

This museum was founded in 1949. It is situated 150 km east from Reykjavík nearby ring road number 1. The museum was especially known for the curator Þórður Tómasson who has now retired.

It is divided into three parts: the folk museum which offers a huge variety of tools and implements used for fishing and farming, as well as artefacts dating back to the viking age. In the rebuilt turf houses in the open-air museum you can catch the atmosphere of times long gone and experience how Icelanders lived through the centuries. The museum of transport, which also houses a souvenir shop and the Skógakaffi cafeteria, tells the story of technology and transportation and its development in Iceland in the 19th and 20th century.

Opening hours all days:
June 1st to August 31st: 09.00 - 18.00
September 1st to May 31st: 10.00 - 17.00

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Travel Tunes Iceland

Smiðjuvellir 17, 300 Akranes

Discover the charm of Icelandic folks songs with Travel Tunes Iceland in Akranes. Would you like to meet local musicians and have a fun, unique experience?
Travel Tunes Iceland offer you their wonderful music program introducing Icelandic folk songs.

We are a family of three, musicians Vala (Valgerður) and Doddy (Þórður) and our daughter Sylvía. We live in a small fishing town called Akranes in Icelands West region, only a 40 minutes drive from Reykjavík. Small groups can visit us in our own home for a living room concert. For larger groups we can invite you to a concert in an old, charming house in the beautiful Akranes Folk museum area, in Akranes lighthouse or in our brand new activity center, called Smiðjuloftið.

Please contact us for information on prices, locations and booking.

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Akureyri Museum

Aðalstræti 58, 600 Akureyri

In the oldest part of Akureyri (known as the Inner town), stands the Akureyri Museum. Here we find many interesting and well set up exhibitions, which we have no hesitation in recommending for adults and children alike.
Those with a thirst for knowledge, and who wish to find out about Akureyri in a more innovative way, we recommend a visit to the exhibition "Akureyri, the Town by the Pool". Here you will find a trader's store, a parlour, a playroom and numerous photographs capturing life in the town throughout the years - and all of which make up an enjoyable tour through Akureyri's history as a centre of trade and industry. The remains of a burial mound containing boats, mediaeval trading goods, a warp-weighted loom and information on settlement in Eyjafjörður, are among the things of interest to be found on the top floor of the premises, in the exhibition "Eyjafjörður in the Early Period". Each year there is also a summer exhibition.
Akureyri Museum has on offer historical walks for groups through the old part of town, the Oddeyri and/or Glerárþorp district, as well as soirées in the Museum Church where you are taken on a journey of prose and song into the world of Icelandic music, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The garden surrounding Akureyri Museum is more than a century old and makes a pleasant stopping place on your journey round town. Within the garden stands a church built in 1846, which is rented out for various kinds of ceremonies.

Open:
June 1 - September 30: Daily 10-17
October 1 - May 31: Daily 13-16

Price:
Adults (18 and older): ISK 1800
Children and youth: Free
Senior citizens ISK 900
Handicapped: Free

Pass for 5 museums: ISK 2200

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Icelandic Horse Farm Lýtingsstaðir

Lýtingsstaðir, 560 Varmahlíð

Our holiday and horse-breeding farm Lýtingsstaðir, is situated in the North of Iceland in Skagafjörður. Just 20km away from road#1 you will find our peaceful farm where we share our home with the Icelandic horse.
Whether you want to spend a whole day riding or just 2 hours, we have flexible options to suit you.
We offer shorter and longer riding tours and treks, riding holidays on the farm and horse rental for a short visit, suiting beginners and experienced riders.
Find our options and detailed information about tours and treks on our website.
We have three wooden cottages for self-catering to rent.
In each of our cozy cottages you will find a well-equipped kitchen, en-suite, TV with DVD player, deck furniture and a coal BBQ. Each cottage is ideal for a family and can fit up to 5/6 people.
You´ll be at the heart of Iceland´s nature; take a ride or walk, watch horses, sheep and other animals. Relax to the sound of the horses hoof and explore the valleys and breathtaking mountains.
Lýtingsstaðir is a fully licensed riding holiday company, operating since the year 2000, welcoming you with a warn hospitality and a personal atmosphere.

The Old Stable

Inspired by the long history of the farm, a horse stable and a storage room were built in 2015. The two gabled houses combine turf, stones and wood, and they are masterpieces of traditional, even if nowadays very rare, Icelandic craftsmanship. We want to tell visitors how horses were kept on farms in the old days, and we have a display featuring old tools, tack and other items connected with horses and farming.
Opening time
The stable is open daily from May to September, other times of year on request. Entrance fee for adults, free entry for children under 12.
Horses&Heritage
Step inside the OLD STABLE and make even more of our popular presentation of Horses & Heritage! The program runs every Tuesday evening in the summer, on request all year round for groups and as a guided day tour from Akureyri, see www.ttv.is
Please contact for prices and booking information.

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Kaffi Klara - Cafe and Guesthouse

Strandgata 2, 625 Ólafsfjörður

Welcome to Kaffi Klara, a friendly and family operated Cafe and Restaurant in North Iceland. We offer healthy and delicious dishes with focus on local food with an international twist. Our guests are both both local people who socialize at our cafe and enjoy our events, as well as travelers who are discovering the North Iceland area and are following the Arctic Coast Way.

We welcome groups for a light snack or full course dinner but please book in advance though.

We also offer cooking and tasting events "Arctic Coast Tastes" for groups from 4-12 persons.
Come and discover how to cook traditional Icelandic dishes with local ingredients from the Arctic Coast Way in Iceland. Join us in an adventurous cultural food event in our kitchen in the small village of Ólafsjförður in the North of Iceland. You can contact us to get more information.

Our very own guesthouse upstairs has comfortable rooms in different sizes and is bookable online with breakfast included.

We look forward to seeing you in Ólafsfjörður in North Iceland.

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Njál's Saga Centre

Hlíðarvegur 14, 860 Hvolsvöllur

The Saga Centre is a pioneer of historical and cultural tourism in Iceland. Unique Njal´s Saga Exhibition in several languages, Art Gallerí, Saga Hall - replica of an old Viking Hall with historical refreshments, Model of Thingvellir AD 1000, Co-Op Museum, Njal´s Saga Tapestry in progress (everybody can take part) and an elegant Souvenir Shop with local Art and learned books. Viking-costumes and weapons for kids to play with. Guided tours around Njal´s Saga region avilable.



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Kakalaskáli

Kringlumýri, 560 Varmahlíð

Open Daily from June 1st. Hrs: 13-17 everyday except on Mondays.

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Höfn – Local Guide

Hafnarbraut 41, 780 Höfn í Hornafirði

Experience the here and now

Höfn Local Guide is a locally-owned family business in Höfn in Hornafjörður that operates in the field of Slow-Adventure Tourism. The focus is on nourishing experience through moderate movement in beautiful nature and a peaceful environment.

The fishing village Höfn and its astounding surroundings is an interesting destination close to the Vatnajökull National Park. Dive into the story and culture of this beautiful village in a village walk or take a tour to some of the hidden gems close by with a guide born and raised in Höfn. The guided tours are easy and informative and you can enjoy the magnificent nature and geology of the area on land or on sea.

With Höfn Local Guide you can experience customized hiking tours, yoga, and mindfulness out in the open, kayak paddling, and get to taste some of the area's local food out in the open.

If you are interested in a conscious experience with nature and your fellow travelers in the foreground, a trip with Höfn Local Guide is something for you.

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Saga Museum

Grandagarður 2, 101 Reykjavík

From the time of the earliest settlers, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way. The Saga Museum intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic history, moments that have determined the fate of our people and which gives a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millennium.

Throughout the period of settlement, everyday life in Iceland must have been very difficult due to hard circumstances. Eruptions, earthquakes, avalanches and other natural catastrophes are some of the things the Icelanders had to endure. They were also subject to the notorious Black Death that led to the destruction of more than a third of the population. However, none of this deterred those who lived here and they leave behind them a remarkable culture and literature that equals that of any other country in Europe.

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The Settlement Center

Brákarbraut 13-15, 310 Borgarnes

Family friendly restaurant

Curiosity is not the only hunger you can satisfy at the Settlement Centre, with our bright and spaciour second-floor restaurant offering a tasty selection. A local favourite is our daily wellness buffet, featuring freshly prepared soups, salads, pasta courses and homemade bread. Available every day from 11:30 am to 15 pm.

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Family friendly history

Based in one of the oldest houses in Borgarnes, our newly refurbished restaurant is light and contemporary, while honouring the past. We offer a family friendly, relaxed atmosphere with good quality food at reasonable prices.

A delicious menu with something for everyone

Our menu features a tempting range of traditional Icelandic dishes, such as mashed fish, lamb, fresh fish and mussels. We also offer burgers, light refreshments, homemade cakes and wonderful Italian coffee. It is the ideal stop for the hungry traveller. The restaurant is open daily from 11:30 am - 9 pm.

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Árnessýsla Heritage Museum in Eyrarbakki

Húsið, 820 Eyrarbakki

The Merchants House in Eyrarbakki, was built in 1765 when Danish merchants began to overwinter in Iceland. Merchant families lived in the House for two centuries and over that period the House was the center for art and European culture in Iceland; fashion, music and litterature spreading from there throughout the country. Eyrarbakki was at that time one of the largest harbours and trading palces in the country, serving people of South-Iceland.

Very interesting exhibitons in the center of Eyrarbakki village: The Mercants House, Egg House and Kirkjubær.

Opening hours:
Open every day at summers 11-18 and by arrangement.

Skálholt

Biskupstungnahreppur, 806 Selfoss

Skálholtsskóli - the center for education, culture and dialogue of church and society - welcomes individuals and families as well as larger groups of different kinds for a longer or shorter stay all year round, offering housing accomodation and restaurant service.
In the summer Skálholt is a much visited place for tourists of many nationalities, some only looking around for a while or staying for a good meal or a cup of coffee in the restaurant. But Skálholtsskóli is also an ideal place for meetings, conferences and similar events during the winter.

Skálholt is 93 km from Reykjavík, very close to Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir and other key tourist attractions.
We offer excellent facilities for conferences, workshops, retreats and educational and cultural tourism.

Full accommodation is provided for up to 44 people in single and double rooms with and without private bath. An adjacent camp within short walking distance (4-5 min.) can accommodate 33 people in simpler housing at lower rates.

The dining hall can serve 120 people and offers, among other things, traditional Icelandic food made by recipes from the 12th century.
The conference room seats 60-70 people and can be divided into three smaller rooms.

Today, Skálholt is visited for the new cathedral, the tomb of bishops, the museum and thirteen century tunnel leading out to the excavations of the old bishopric and school.

The Cathedral is also renowned for its Summer Music Festival starting in 1975 and attracting many skilled musicians and lots of music lovers. Besides, many choirs, Icelandic and foreign visit Skálholt to perform in the Cathedral because of its excellent acoustics and artistic surroundings.

The Skálholt Center (Skálholtsskóli) is a cultural and educational center and offers excellent facilities for seminars, conferences and cultural tourism. It is also a place for retreats, sometimes silent, during the peaceful winter time. In the summer it is becoming again a place of pilgrimage with a center of pilgrimage all year round. The Center offers accommodation and food for visitors and tourists.

Stave Church Westman Islands

, 900 Vestmannaeyjar

Shortly before Iceland's adoption of Christianity around 1000 AD, a stave (wooden) church was built on the Westman Islands by agents of King Olaf of Norway, sent to convert the Icelanders. The original site of the church is lost, but a modern replica, a gift from the Norwegian government, was built in 2000 to mark the millennium of Christianity in Iceland.

Hrísbrú

Þverholti 2, 270 Mosfellsbær

Hrísbrú is the name of a Viking period farmstead and chiefly residence, located in the Mosfell valley of Iceland a few kilometers from Reykjavik. The site is strategically located on the slope of the northern side of the valley, where residents could see both the central valley and the coastline.

Sagnagarður Visitor Centre

Gunnarsholt, 851 Hella

Visit Sagnagarður the visitor centre of the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland. Sagnagardur, provides an easy to understand and evocatively presented exhibition of the battle to restore the soil and vegetation of Iceland. Visitors seeing the exhibition will gain a better appreciation of the land as they travel around Iceland. The effects of volcanic eruptions, huge floods and strong winds, along with public scepticism about trying to reduce the effects of the forces of nature, set the scene for the difficult but necessary task of stabilising the land and making it productive. The work of the pioneers in land reclamation is highlighted to give the story a really human dimension.

The Visitor Centre Sagnagardur is in South Iceland, 9 km from Route 1. Distances in km from Sagnagarður to: Reykjavík 110, Hella 11 and Hvolsvöllur 22. Look for road sign with Gunnarsholt / Sagnagarður 2 km east of Hella. Road 264.

Map of the area

Open daily 1/6 - 31/8 from 10-17.

Access is free unless you require guidance. You have book it in advance If you require a guided tour.

Please call 488 3000 to book a guided tour and get more information.

Eldheimar

Suðurvegur / Gerðisbraut 10, 900 Vestmannaeyjar

The exhibition focuses on the 1973 volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar, without a doubt one of Iceland´s biggest natural disaster. Visitors get a glimpse into peoples lives on Heimaey before the eruption that would change their lives forever. The people of Heimaey had to leave their homes in the middle of the night and evacuate the island, many of them never saw their homes or any of their belongings ever again.

The eruption started in the early hours of January 23rd 1973 on the island of Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the Vestmannaeyjar islands and it lasted for 5 months. Lava and ash destroyed almost 400 homes and businesses, a third of all buildings on Heimaey. While the eruption lasted no one knew if the island would ever be populated again.

Kómedíuleikhúsið

Haukadalur, Dýrafirði, 471 Þingeyri

Hornafjörður Cultural Center

Litlabrú 2, Nýheimar, 780 Höfn í Hornafirði

The Nyheimar building houses an information center, library and the community archives. Internetcafé and various information. There is also cafébar, secondary school, the Hornafjörður University Center etc. Free admission. Cafébar. Please contact for information on opening hours.

Á Sturlungaslóð

Frostastöðum, 560 Varmahlíð

Day trips to the sites of Sturlunga and the Icelandic Sagas, planned to suit our customers. No scheduled trips, only on request.

Please contact for tours and booking information.

Storyteller´s Lodge

Sæból 13, 350 Grundarfjörður

In the Storyteller's Lodge, Ingi Hans, one of Iceland's best known storytellers, welcomes guests and tells stories for the whole family. Hear about the birth of an Icelandic fishing village, glimpse into the history of toys, and stories of Icelandic folklore.

Check out our program of events at www.storytelling.is

Medieval Days at Gásir

Þelamerkurskóli, 604 Akureyri

3rd weekend in July

Reykjavik Museum of Photography

Tryggvagata 15, 101 Reykjavík

Reykjavík Museum of Photography is the only independent museum of photography in Iceland. The aim of the museum is to shape a unique vision and to be leading in its field. The museum preserves various photo collections from professional and amateur photographers, around 5 Million photographs from the period around 1870 to 2002. The collection´s themes are diverse. One can find family photographs, photos from portrait studios, industrial- and advertising photographs, press photography, landscape photographs and more.

Dagbjört Dúna Rúnarsdóttir

Böðvarsholt, 356 Snæfellsbær

Dagbjört Dúna Rúnarsdóttir is a storyteller and greets guests who want to learn about the mysteries of Snæfellsness Peninsula.

Dagbjört has specialized in stories and tales related to Snæfellsnes, true history, trolls, elves, mythology and more. She takes her guests for a short walk and shares the historical heritage as well as having a conversation with her guests about life in Snæfellsnes. You can visit her in her home- Böðvarsholt, or meet her at one of the wonderful unique places in Snæfellsnes to hear the stories of that area. Dagbjört´s favorite places are Búðir, Arnarstapi, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Lýsulaugar and Bjarnafoss.

Dagbjört welcomes individuals as well as groups!

Contact her directly to book an appointment with a Storyteller in Snæfellsnes.

Hidden Worlds Walking Tours

Strandgata 6, 220 Hafnarfjörður

Hafnarfjördur is renowned for having one of Iceland's largest colonies of elves, dwarves and other spiritual beings, which (translating from the Icelandic) are collectively called "Hidden Folk". Centuries-old folklore says that whole families of these beings live in the rocks that are part of the town's centre, and we do not doubt it at all.

The Hidden Worlds tour takes you to their homesites. It stops at places like Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff, Hamarinn, where it is said the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk lives. Along the way, the guide retells stories about the magical hidden worlds and describes the town's history and its development in harmony with the Hidden Folk.

Stöng, Viking-era Long house

Þjórsárdalur, 801 Selfoss

The Commonwealth farm in Þjórsárdalur is one of Iceland's best kept secrets. The farmhouse, built on the site of one of the manor farms of the Age of Settlement, is constructed as experts thought it would have been.
Visitors have the opportunity of acquainting themselves with the buildings the Icelanders' ancestors lived in and of learning about the conditions they lived in and about their daily life.

The Commonwealth farm is based on the ruins of the former manor farm, Stöng in Þjórsárdalur which is considered to have been abandoned after its destruction in the Hekla eruption of the 1104.

Open:
June 1 - August 31: every day 10:00-17:0010:00
Closed during winter.

Admission:
Adults: 1.000
Senior citizens and handicapped: 750
Free for 16 years and younger


Sagatrails of East Iceland

Sunnufelli 4, 700 Egilsstaðir

In December 2005, a group of enthusiasts of the Icelandic sagas and other historical trails of East Iceland joined together to form an organization. Their main goals were to draw attention to historical importance and events of the Fljótsdalshérað district area especially, as well as persuading other enthusiasts to join them in exploring and expanding the possibilities of organizing and designing suitable opportunities and souvenirs for tourists to the area, both Icelandic and foreign.

The organization has now begun its next step, preparing for further work in other areas of the district with more of the Icelandic sagas as well as ruins and other historical events.

Keldur, Rangárvellir

Rangárvellir, 860 Hvolsvöllur

At Keldur there is an old turf farm which, despite its age, is one of the largest preserved turf farms in south Iceland.

The wooden frame of the hut is characteristic of Roman style. From the hut there is an underground tunnel thought to date from the 12th or 13th century and was probably built during a time of conflict.

Contact: Thjodminjasafn@thjodminjasafn.is, www.thjodminjasafn.is

Opening hours:
June 01 - August 31: 10:00-18:00 every day
Price: ISK 1200 (1000 per person in groups of 10 or more)

North Wind

Melavegur 6, 530 Hvammstangi

Húnaþing vestra authentic experience - Hvítserkur Tour Don't feel like driving by yourself out on gravel roads? Want to experience the true Icelandic North ? Why not enjoy being picked up in Reykjavík or Hvammstangi by a local and be guided on your way to experience Húnaþing vestra, the land of natural wonders, varied wildlife and rich history with a knowledgeable local guide.

Burial Rites Tour
Burial Rites, an award-winning book by Hannah Kent will soon be on the big screen, where the Oscar winning actor Jennifer Lawrence will be the star of the show. Burial Rites is based on the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir and her final days before being the last woman executed in Iceland. Experience the moving story and true sites behind the novel as well as raw Icelandic nature in this unique tour with an experienced local guide that knows the real story.

Our customized tours can help you experience the most beautiful and interesting places of North West Iceland Our area is such a hidden gem and we can custom design a tour according to your own wishes.

You just need to choose your desired dates and give us an idea of what you want to do and then let us design a unique and extraordinary adventure of a lifetime! Your group may consist of friends with common travel interests, a group of work colleagues, a family wishing to spend time together.

We can provide guides that speak English and Icelandic and can accommodate groups of up to 20 people.

The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland

Suðurgata 39, 101 Reykjavík

The main role of The Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland is to assure, so far as practicable, the preservation of cultural heritage in its natural environment, to facilitate and promote public access and knowledge of such heritage.

Reykjavík Maritime Museum

Grandagarður 8, 101 Reykjavík

In an authentic atmosphere, the Museum opens the exiting world of Icelandic fisheries and costal culture
Iceland´s past, present and future are intimately tied to seafaring. This activity defines the nation's character, making it difficult indeed to know Iceland and Icelanders without knowing its maritime history.

The Maritime Museum´s exhibitions are insights into Iceland's relationship with the sea through the centuries. The main exhibitions illustrate the development from rowboats to modern trawlers and cargo vessels, as well as the construction of Reykjavík Harbor. Temporary exhibitions are changed regularly.

Docked to a specially built pier alongside the museum is the Coast Guard Vessel Óðinn. Óðinn participated in all three Cod Wars against Britain in the latter part of the 20th century. Moreover, it was a highly effective patrol and rescue vessel accredited with saving the crews of grounded or sinking ships, and towed nearly 200 vessels to safety. Guided tours daily, welcome aboard!

Opening hours: Week days: Saturdays: Sundays:
June 1st - September 15th: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
September 16th - May 31st: 11:00-17:00 11:00-17:00 11:00-17:00
During winter the museum is closed Mondays.

Westfjords Heritage Museum

Neðstakaupstað, 400 Ísafjörður

In most travel books referred to as the Maritime Museum. Fisheries have always been the most important economic activity in the Westfjords, and the museum gives a unique insight into the rich maritime history and culture of the area.

Open:
15. May - 30. Sept. 10:00-17:00.

Admission fee: Adults - ISK. 1300,-
Seniors ISK. 1050,-

Akranes Folk Museum

Garðaholt 3, 300 Akranes

Akranes Folk Museum offers a unique insight into past times in Akranes and surrounding area. The museum's exhibition is in several houses, some of which were moved from other parts of town. The permanent exhibition reflects living conditions and life at sea, in rural areas, at work and in play. In the museum there is also a micro-cinema and a space for temporary exhibitions. A visit to Akranes Folk Museum offers something for all senses.

Opening hours Week days: Saturdays: Sundays:
June 2nd - September 15th: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
other times upon request

Þingeyrar church

Þingeyrum, 541 Blönduós

Þingeyrakirkja church is in my opinion one of the most beautiful churches in Iceland. It is located at Þingeyrar in North-Iceland by Húnafjörður bay.

Þingeyrakirkja church was consecrated in 1877 and is one of Iceland´s few stone churches. The stone in the church was found in the Ásbjarnarnesbjörg, 8 km away from the church.

Open 10-17 every day.

Only opened by arrangement during winter.

Kirkjubæjarstofa

Klausturvegur 2, 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Exhibition and study centre on the nature, history and culture of the region.

Hólar Travel Service

Hjaltadalur, 551 Sauðárkrókur

Hólar is a popular destination thanks to its many attractions, notably the beautiful nature and its important role in Iceland's history. Hólar is surrounded by scenic mountains and stands on the edge of Hólar forest. There are plenty of long and short hiking trails for everyone to enjoy.

Accommodation at Hólar:
Various accommodation options meet various needs:
- Apartments with bedroom, living room, private bathroom. 2 persons. Made up beds.
- Cottages with bedroom and private bathroom. 2-3 persons. Made up beds.
- Cottages with 2-6 bedrooms and shared bathroom. 2-12 persons. Made up beds.
- Sleeping bag accommodation.

Please contact for prices and booking information. Dogs are allowed on the camping ground.

The Settlement Exhibition

Aðalstræti 16, 101 Reykjavík

In 2001 archaeological remains were excavated in Aðalstræti, which turned out to be the oldest relics of human habitation in Reykjavík. A wall fragment was found dating before 871 AD. During the excavation a hall or a longhouse was found as well, from the tenth century. The hall and the wall fragment are now preserved at their original location as the focal point of an exhibition about life in Viking Age Reykjavík called The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2

The Settlement Exhibition Reykjavík 871±2 is located in Reykjavík center, Aðalstræti 16.
Opening hours:January 1st - December 31st:
Weekdays: 10:00-17:00
Weekends: 10:00-17:00

Ólafsdalur í Gilsfirði

Erluhraun 4, 220 Hafnarfjörður

Ólafsdalur by Gilsfjörður, history of 1000 years

Ólafsdalur is a small valley, surrounded by high mountains, where the first acriculture school in Iceland was established in 1880. The beautiful school-building is from 1896. Remains of many other buildings and man made remains from 1880-1900. Recently found remains of a Viking longhouse from 9-10th century.

Opening hours: 12:00-17:00 from July 25th - August 15th.

Ólafsdalur family festival will be held August 14th.

Húsavík Museum

Stórigarður 17, 640 Húsavík

On the main floor of the Culture House in Húsavík the new exhibition Man and Nature - 100 years in Þingeyjarsýsla, aims to provide insight into man´s relationship with nature in this region in the period 18250-1950, and the subsistence farming that was practised at that time, so that each farmstead was largely self-sufficient.
The maritime is on the Ground floor. It opened in 2002, in a new pyramidal unit. The exhibition includes a large number of boats, many of them built in Húsavík, as well as Hrafninn (the Raven), a gift from Norway to the community of Húsavík to mark the 1100th anniversary of the settlement of Iceland in 1974.
The exhibition also includes a wide variety of fishing gear, equipment and tools whcich were used in the fisheries, as well as in seal-hunting and shark-fishing. Films can be viewed.

Folk Museum in Garður & Lighthouses

Skagabraut 100, 250 Suðurnesjabær

The municipal museum in Garðskagi is located in a natural paradise, which blends the beauty of the landscape with its rich animal and birdlife.

The museum was first opened in November 1995 in the old processing houses in Garður. The museum has both a Folk and Maritime Museum. It has an outstanding engine collection of Guðni Ingimundarson. There are over 60 engines on display and almost every one of them is functional. Many important items from the municipal history of Garður are located in the museum, items which were essential for the livelihood on both land and sea The Museum is a great point of interest for visitors as it tells the story of how fishing developed and the history of the people who lived and worked in the community. A restaurant and camping site with facilities is on-site and if you are lucky you might see dolphins and whales near the shore from the terrace of the restaurant.

The big lighthouse has two exhibitions, Northern Lights Show and Whale Show. Fantastic view from the top balcony. Admission is included in the museum fee.

There is also a campsite on Garðskagi.

Opening hours: Every day between 12:00-20:00

For groups call manager, 893-8909 or email johann@gardskagi.com.

Viking World

Víkingabraut 1, 260 Reykjanesbær

Vikingaheimar is the home of the Viking Ship Íslendingur (the Icelander). Built in 1996, Icelander is an exact replica of the famous Gokstad
ship, a remarkable archaeological find of an almost completely intact Viking ship, excavated in Norway in 1882.
Captain Gunnar Marel Eggertsson was inspired to build a replica of this beautiful ship based on his own background as shipbuilder and sailor. He copied the original nail for nail. In the year 2000, with a grant from the Leifur Eiríksson Commission of Iceland, he sailed from Iceland to New York, a journey of 4200 nautical miles. His voyage brought world-wide attention to Leif Eiriksson's and Bjarni Herjólfsson's discovery of America, dated, according to the Icelandic sagas, to exactly 1000 A.D.
Building Icelander was an extraordinary achievement;at 23 metres long, 5.25 meters wide and with a holding capacity of 80 tons (by modern standards), it took 2 years of effort.

The sail is 130 square meters and the mast is 18 meters in length. Made from pine and oak, scholars believe this was the most common type of ship in use during the Viking Age.
Vikingaheimar is also a home to the exhibition The North Atlantic
Viking Saga, originally shown at the Smithsonian Institution during the summer of 2000. Launched in Washington D.C. by King Hakon of Norway, and with a State Dinner at the White House, it then traveling to 6 other cities throughout North America. This exhibition, like the sailing of Icelander, celebrated the millennium anniversary of the Viking discovery of North America, shedding light on the latest scholarly research into the Norse settlement and explorations of unknown lands.
Gunnar Marel and his crew of 8 left Iceland on Icelandic Independence day, the 17th of June, with a send off from the Prime Minister of Iceland. When it finally arrived in New York on October 5th-where it was greeted by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mayor Rudolf Guiliani--the ship had made stops at 22 harbors. In addition to the festivities with kings, queens, presidents and mayors, when the ship arrived, visitors also streamed to see it while it was docked at each location, all told about 450,000 people came on board.
These two fine projects, both celebrating Iceland's central role in the discovery of North America 1000 years ago by the Norse Vikings, have now found a permanent home in Vikinga Aldan (Viking Wave), the central building on the Vikingaheimar grounds. A spectacular modern building, it also offers beautiful views of the surrounding bay, Faxaflói.

These two fine projects, both celebrating Iceland's central role in the discovery of North America 1000 years ago by the Norse Vikings, have now found a permanent home in Vikinga Aldan (Viking Wave), the central building on the Vikingaheimar grounds. A spectacular modern building, it also offers beautiful views of the surrounding bay, Faxaflói.

Thingvellir National park

Þingvellir, 806 Selfoss

At the campground there are WC´s, showers, washing machines and a outside grill. In the service centre visitors can pay for camping and fishing permit and seek further information about the area.
There is a small cafeteria which services soup, sandwiches and pizza.

Summer opening hours

09:00-20:00

Winter opening hours

09:00-18:00

Viðey Island

Viðey , 104 Reykjavík

This iconic building on Viðey Island is the former official residence of Treasurer Skúli Magnússon. Upon a visit to the island it is ideal to sit down there and enjoy nice refreshments in this 18th century building filled with history and character.

In summertime Viðeyjarstofa Bistro is open daily from 11:30 - 18:00 with extended opening hours on Tuesdays and during concerts and other events. The menu includes fresh Icelandic ingredients, such as mussels, cured salmon, waffles and more.

In wintertime Viðeyjarstofa café is open from 13:30 - 16:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, with extended opening hours during concerts and other events. The menu includes coffee, hot chocolate and delicious pastries. In the run up to the holiday season there is also a special Christmas Celebration in Viðeyjarstofa with dinner and live music available for individuals and groups.

Viðeyjarstofa restaurant has flexible opening hours for groups all year round. It provides an unforgettable setting for banquets, conferences and other events.

The Icelandic Museum of Rock ´n´ Roll

Hjallavegur 2, 260 Reykjanesbær

The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll (Rokksafn Íslands) is a new museum about the history of popular music in Iceland. The museum was opened in 2014 and is located in Keflavik in Reykjanesbær, only a 5-minute drive away from Keflavik International airport.

The museum's main attraction is a timeline of Iceland's popular music history. Visitors who would like to dive deeper into the history can get an iPad guided tour to read more and listen to the music throughout Iceland's history. Other attractions include the very popular sound lab where guests can try instruments such as an electric drum kit, electric guitar and electric bass. There's also a karaoke singing booth where guests have the possibility to sing and record video of the themselves and send it directly to their email address or social media. Guests can also visit the museums' cinema where documentaries about Icelandic music run all day long, try out interactive solutions to dive deeper into the history of featured artists such as Björk, Sigur Rós, Of Monsters and Men, Kaleo and many more, get an insight into what it is like to be an audio engineer on a mixing desk that features Icelandic music and visit the gift shop where there are books, DVD, CD's and LP's with Icelandic music along with various museum merchandise. At the museum guests can sit down, listen to the music and have a cup of coffee... or tea... or hot chocolate, whichever sounds good. The museum café offers coffee from Kaffitár which is a local roasterie, specializing in importing, roasting and serving the finest Arabica coffee beans.

The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll is for everyone. For those who love Icelandic music and those who want to discover Icelandic Music.

Children find the sound lab particularly interesting along with the interactive parts of the museum.

The museum is open daily all year round except for New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Opening times are 11am-6pm daily.

"The Icelandic Museum of Rock 'n' Roll is as eccentric in its telling as the tale it celebrates." David Fricke, Rolling Stone.

Trollpark in Fossatún

Fossatún , 311 Borgarnes

Fossatún

Location

Fossatún is located in mid-Borgarfjördur 90 km. from Reykjavík by road nr. 50. The Fossatún
restaurant is situated by Troll Falls a beautiful cascade of small waterfalls in Grímsá, one of Iceland's premier salmon rivers. In July and Agust the salmon is often seen jumping. In a cliff by the restaurant the face of Drífa is visible. Drífa is the main character in the Last Troll, one of several troll books written by Fosston's proprietor, Steinar Berg.

Hiking

The Troll Trail is a short walk marked by signs with information, pictures of trolls and troll statues. Set in a gorgeous natural surrounding and offers a magnificent view over the Borgarfjördur-area and Troll Falls. In winter the trail is a popular spot to see the northern lights. The Love Walk is a nice stroll through beautiful nature and down to the Blundsvatn lake. The trail is marked by signs with unique photographs of Icelandic nature and a poem that Icelanders sing out loud when they become
sentimental. The Warm Brook Bluff hike takes only an hour and leads to great awards in the astonishing view.

Recreation

The Troll Games can be played by people of all ages and sizes, as individuals or as a competition between teams. It consists of Troll-golf, Troll-kick, Troll-grip, and many other challenging games. Other outdoor activity is: mini-golf, shuffleboard, skittles, trampolines, outdoor chess, giant play castle and more. After the activity, a dip in the Hot Tub is a good way to relax. Inside at the restaurant Acoustic Iceland can be watched, a program which features Icelandic music and nature or a good music enjoyed from the owners vinyl record collection of 3000 titles. Also local acts pay visits and play from time to time.

Arbaer Open air Museum

Kistuhylur 4, 110 Reykjavík

Árbær was an established farm well into the 20th century, and the museum opened there in 1957. Árbær is now an open air museum with more than 20 buildings which form a town square, a village and a farm. Most of the buildings have been relocated from central Reykjavik.

Árbær Open Air Museum tries to give a sense of the architecture and way of life and lifestyles of the past in Reykjavik and during summer visitors can see domestic animals. There are many exhibitions and events held at the Museum which highlight specific periods in Reykjavik's history. These include craft days, vintage car displays, Christmas exhibitions and much more. There is something for everyone at Árbær Open Air Museum.

Opening hours Week days: Saturdays: Sundays:
June 1st - August 31st: 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00 10:00-17:00
September 1st - May 31st: Open by arrangement. Guided tours in English daily at 13:00.

The National Museum of Iceland

Suðurgata 41, 102 Reykjavík

The museum offers a variety of fascinating exhibitions and one permanent display illustrating lavishly the story of Iceland's past, from the medieval days of Viking settlements to current contemporary culture. The main exhibition has over 2,000 artefacts discovered in various parts of the country. The museum shop offers a stylish and educational atmosphere with custom-made goods and handicrafts amongst a large selection of books on Icelandic language, art and culture. The museum cafe offers light refreshments, quality coffee, and a variety of Icelandic delicacies.

Opening hours All days:
May 1st - September 15th: 10:00-17:00
September 16th - April 30th:

10:00-17:00 (closed on Mondays)

Reykjanes Art Museum

Duusgata 2-8, 230 Reykjanesbær

Reykjanes Art Museum presents several new art exhibitions every year. The museum is located in Duus Museum, the Art and Cultural Center of Reykjanesbær along with Reykjanes Maritime Center and Reykjanes Heritage Museum.

Reykjanes Art Museum presents visual arts through diverse exhibitions, lectures, guidance, publications and their website www.reykjanesbaer.is/listasafn.

The museum is open everyday from 12pm - 5pm.

Hofsstaðir Historic Park

Kirkjulundur, 210 Garðabær

An impressive Viking-age longhouse stood at Hofsstaðir from the Settlement period (AD 870-930) until the twelfth century.

This historic park aims to give an impression of Hofsstaðir at the time of settlement: turf walls show the outer limits of the longhouse during its final phase, and remains of a large enclosure have been left untouched.

Geislar Gautavík - Open farm

Gautavík, 766 Djúpivogur

The farm Geislar Gautavík has a variety of activities.

Geislar Gautavík - Open farm is a 20-25 minutes drive from Djúpivogur to the north

Open every day 11-16. Groups can come outside of that time if agreed in advance.

Entrance fee (does not apply to the store)

Included: Approx. an hour-long guided tour of the breeding grounds, the breeding center and the animals. After that, people are free to enjoy everything else on offer.

Adults: ISK 1,500

Children 6-17 years: 750 ISK.

• Shop with your own handicrafts and a selection of snacks, e.g. from small scale food producers

• Industrial hemp and aquaponics: Indoor and outdoor cultivation and training centers. Guidance.

• Zoo: Horses (not for riding), piglets, sheep and lambs, laying hens, ducks, trout and dogs. Guidance.

• Golf: Homemade 7 hole, par 3, golf course.

• Outdoor toys.

• Homemade indoor sports area in the barn for children.

• Ancient trading post: A walk to the antiquities.

• River, beach and cove to enjoy and play in.

Stranda Church

Selvogur, 815 Þorlákshöfn

Ca. 15 minutes drive eastwards from Krysuvik, by the sea is the old church Strandakirkja in Selvogur. The sea waves there are breathtaking.

This area offers some of the most awe-inspiring breaker waves that you are likely to see. The church itself has been central in Icelandic seamen's prayers for centuries and is definitely worth a visit.

Super Jeep Experience

Fururhlíð 7, 221 Hafnarfjörður

Super Jeep Experience is not only committed to providing you with unforgettable and inspiring trips, we're also committed to ensuring your comfort and safety throughout. When you travel with us, you can feel confident knowing we have staffs on every tour that are available to accommodate your expectations. From the moment you reach out to us and until the end of our tour, we ensure that your journey is seamless, authentic, and beyond what you had imagined.

Grettistak

Laugabakka, 531 Hvammstangi

Vatnsdæla on a tapestry

Árbraut 31, 540 Blönduós

The project Vatnsdæla on a tapestry is an idea that came from Jóhanna E. Pálmadóttir, using an old method of sewing. The Tapestry depicts one of the old Icelandic Sagas - the Vatnsdæla Saga which tells of the settlement in Vatnsdalur. Work began in 2011 and the tapestry will be 46m long when it is finished. The name of every person who embroiders or supports the project will be recorded in a book that will accompany the tapestry.

Þórbergssetur

Hali, Suðursveit, 781 Höfn í Hornafirði

The Þórbergur Centre was established in memory of the famous Icelandic writer Þórbergur Þórðarsson (1888 - 1974), who was born in Hali in Suðursveit. The centre includes a heritage museum and unique exhibitions of the district Sudursveit and the writer Þórbergur Þórðarson, his life and work. The Thorbergur Centre is by road number 1, the Ring Road. only 13 km further east from Jökulsárlón.

Open all year round, every day from 8-21.

Our restaurant offers local food from the farm and the Vatnajökull region.

The Arctic Fox Center

Eyrardalur 4, 420 Súðavík

The Arctic Fox Centre is a non-profit research and exhibition center, focusing on the arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) - the only native terrestrial mammal in Iceland.

The Arctic Fox Centre was established on September 15th 2007 in Sudavik Westfjords. Founders were 42, mostly local people, tourist operators and municipalities in the Westfjords. All of which share their interest in the arctic foxes and believe in increasing ecotourism in Iceland. The idea of the Arctic Fox Centre comes from prof. Pall Hersteinsson, University of Iceland and he serves as a quality witness for the center.

The long term aim is to collect all available knowledge and material relevant to the arctic fox in past and presence.

We house an exhibition focusing on educating material:

  • About biology and history of the arctic foxes as a species.
  • About the war that has been waged between the man and the arctic fox, since the early settlement of humans in Iceland (1100 years).
  • About the status and specialities of the Arctic Foxes in Iceland and other regions of its distributional range.
  • About fox hunting as the oldest paid operation in Iceland, methods and materials, stories and descriptions.
  • About fox farming activities and it´s consequences for the wild population throughout the decades.

We emphasize on:

  • Participate in and promote research programs on Icelandic arctic fox populations, in collaboration with academic and research centers.
  • Participate in developing sustainable wildlife torism in Iceland, in collaboration with the authorities and other interested parties.
  • Stimulate development and manufacturing on handicraft and souvenirs, specialized for The Arctic Fox Center.

Open:

  • May 15 - Sept 30: 10:00-18:00
  • Oct 01 - May 14: Upon request

Helga Ingeborg Hausner - Ísafjörður Guide

Seljalandsvegur 85, 400 Ísafjörður

Something special - Nature and Cultural Walks with a view of Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður Walk - An Interesting Journey Through Time

Our guide is located at the Tourist Information Centre, dressed as a woman from the 19th century, and takes you on a walk through the city and up to the slopes above Ísafjörður. On the way you will visit interesting places, such as historical houses and trade centres from the prime time of Ísafjörður. You will get information on history and learn about the people and their living conditions, their beliefs and their culture, which is reflected in the legends. You might experience a slight shudder when told of ghosts and be fascinated about our mystical creatures like elves and trolls. You will also visit the places the stories are told about. On the way she shares her lunch box with you.

It is possible to extend the walk by one hour on the following walks or book them separately: Geology or Plants

Other Walks:

Culinary Explorations (2hours)

A walk full of culinary surprises! Our guide is dressed as a woman from the 19th century, and takes you on a walk through the city. We then invite you to taste yourself through the history and culture of Iceland and Westfjords. Local people serve you a big variety of traditional and modern foods. Along the way the participants meet locals and are invited into an Icelandic home. They are offered to sample a lot of different food.

Geology (3 hours)
Plants or Autumn Colours (3 hours)
Please Taste! (3,5 hours)
Nature Walk (5 hours)

Special tours on request

The old book shop Flateyri

Hafnarstræti 3-5, 425 Flateyri

The old bookstore in Flateyri

Opening hours:

Summer:
Daily: 10:00 - 17:00
Winter:
Saturdays: 12:00-16:00
Also on request

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Let's Talk Iceland

Kópavogsbrún 1, 200 Kópavogur

Let's Talk Iceland comedy shoew introduces you to Icelandic history and culture from the Settlement to the present day: Vikings and Icelanders of different eras will guide you through 1100 years.

The Arctic Henge at Raufarhöfn

, 675 Raufarhöfn

The Arctic Henge at Raufarhöfn is under construction. The Henge will harness the Midnight Sun at the Arctic Circle. It is inspired by the mythical world of eddic poem Völuspá (Prophecy of the Seeress).

The Henge will be 52m in diameter, containing a Dwarf Path including the names of 72 dwarfs which form a year-circle in which each dwarf has five days. A crystal at the top of an 8-metre-high column will throw light all over the Henge. Each dwarf will have his name and character, and visitors can find their own Birthday Dwarf.

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Mink Viking Portrait

Laugavegur 11, 101 Reykjavík

Vikingland

Moldhaugar, 601 Akureyri