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West Iceland / Vesturland Akranes Hvalfjörður Borgarfjörður Snæfellsnes Dalir

West Iceland / Vesturland Akranes Hvalfjörður Borgarfjörður Snæfellsnes Dalir

Travel West Iceland - Ferðast um Vesturland 2019-2020. 1. tbl. 20. árgangur. Publisher / Útgefandi: Skessuhorn ehf. - Fréttaveita Vesturlands. Kirkjubraut 56, 300 Akranesi. Tel. 433 5500 skessuhorn@skessuhorn.is - www.skessuhorn.is. Publisher / Útgefandi: Skessuhorn ehf. - Fréttaveita Vesturlands. Kirkjubraut 56, 300 Akranesi. Tel. 433 5500. - skessuhorn@skessuhorn.is – www.skessuhorn.is Editor / Ritstjóri / Ábyrgðarmaður: Ingunn Valdís Baldursdóttir / Magnús Magnússon Texts / Textagerð: Arnar Óðinn Arnþórsson, Heiðar Lind Hansson, Ingunn Valdís Baldursdóttir, Kristján Gauti Karlsson og Magnús Magnússon.

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Vesturland

Welcome to West Iceland! Velkomin á Vesturland! West Iceland holds a diverse spectrum of nature and culture. In this award winnig region you can find that the Land and history are one and the tourism focuses on connecting history and culture to available services. Here are the settings of the famous Sagas, such as Sturlunga Saga, Egils Saga, Eyrbyggja Saga and Laxdæla, and folktales about trolls, elves and outlaws. Here is where stories happen and where stories are told. West Iceland is truly a land of stories – a complete Sagaland.The region offers diverse activities, among them cultural related tourist services, hiking trips, whale and bird watching, dog sledge rides, ATVtrips, cave explorations and glaciers tours, to name a few. You get to know the glaciers, literally inside and out, as well as churning hot springs. One could argue that within 24 hours one could experience a difference in temperature of 110°C, for example far beneath the surface of Langjökull glacier and then the churning hot water flowing from Deildartunguhver hot spring.A growing number of restaurants and various possibilities for lodging are also in the region. You don’t have to worry about food or sleep along the way. It is my hope that Travel West Iceland booklet will serve you well. Its chapters trail the districts in the region. The first chapter covers West Iceland in its entirety, following an introduction to Akranes, then Hvalfjarðarsveit, Borgarfjörður and Snæfellsnes ending up in Dalir. An event calendar is located within the booklet. The booklet is adorned with numerous pictures of West Iceland and also includes accessible maps of chosen areas and towns. Enjoy!

Á Vesturlandi er fjölskrúðugt litróf náttúru og mannlífs. Á þessu verðlaunasvæði eru bæði land og saga órofin heild þar sem ferðaþjónustan leggur áherslu á að tengja menningu og sögu við þá þjónustu sem í boði er. Hér er sögusvið fornsagna á borð við Sturlungu, Egilssögu, Eyrbyggju og Laxdælu, þjóðsögur um tröll, álfa, huldufólk og útilegumenn. Hér gerast sögur og hér eru sögur sagðar. Vesturland er því sannkallað söguland. Ótal afþreyingarkostir eru í landshlutanum. Boðið er upp á menningartengda ferðaþjónustu, skipulagðar gönguferðir, hvala- og fuglaskoðun, fjórhjólaferðir, hellaskoðun og jöklaferðir svo eitthvað sé nefnt. Hér fær fólk að kynnast innviðum jökla sem og ólgandi hverum. Því má segja að hægt sé að upplifa 110°C hitamun sama daginn, t.d. langt undir yfirborði Langjökuls og svo ólgandi heita vatnið sem vellur upp á yfirborðið í Deildartunguhver. Mikill og vaxandi fjöldi veitingastaða og ólíkra gistimöguleika eru í boði í landshlutanum. Ekki þarf því að örvænta um mat eða gistingu. Það er von mín að Ferðast um Vesturland eigi eftir að nýtast vel á ferðalaginu um landshlutann. Ritið skiptist í kafla eftir byggðum. Fyrst er almennur kafli um Vesturland í heild sinni en næst kemur kynning á Akranesi, svo Kjós og Hvalfjarðarsveit, þá er haldið í Borgarfjörð, um Snæfellsnes og endað í Dölum og Reykhólasveit. Viðburðaskrá er að finna í ritinu auk yfirlits um þjónustu á hverju svæði. Fjöldi ljósmynda af Vesturlandi prýðir ritið, auk aðgengilegra korta af einstökum svæðum og bæjum. Njótið! Ingunn Valdís Baldursdóttir, editor / ritstjóri

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National Park Visitor centre at Malarrif Tel: +354 436 6860

Ă“lafsvĂ­k KirkjutĂşn 2 Tel: +354 433 6929

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SERVICE TAGS / ÞJÓNUSTUMERKI

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Sjúkrahús / Heilsugæsla Hospital / Health Care Centre

Kirkja Church

Bílaverkstæði Garage

Lögreglustöð Police

Bókasafn Library

Íþróttavöllur Sport Stadium

Upplýsingar fyrir ferðamen Infomation Centre

Apótek Pharmacy

Leikvöllur Playground

Bensínstöð Gas Station

Heitt vatn Hot Water

Ferja Ferry

Viti Lighthouse

Kalt vatn Cold Water

Flugvöllur Airport

Safn Museum

Almenningssalerni Public Toilet

Banki Bank

Pósthús Post Office

Hjólhýsasvæði Trailer Park

Hraðbanki ATM

Athyglisverður staður Place of Interest

Aðstaða fyrir húsbíla RV Facilities

Verslun Supermarket

Opið allt árið Open all Year

Fundaraðstaða Meeting Facilities

Reykingar bannaðar Non-smoking Area

Aðeins opið yfir sumarið Only Open in Summer

Golfvöllur Golf Course

Handverk Handicraft

Uppbúin rúm Made-up Beds

Hestaferðir Horseback Riding

Sumarhús Cottage Rental

Svefnpokapláss Sleeping Bag Accommodation

Fuglaskoðun Birdwatching

Farfuglaheimili Hostel

Herbergi með síma Rooms with Telephone

Veiðileyfi Fishing License

Sundlaug Swimming Pool

Herbergi með sjónvarpi Rooms with Television

Hundar leyfðir Dogs Allowed

Heitur pottur Hot Tub

Herbergi með sturtu Rooms with Shower

Hjólaleiga Bicycles Rental

Heimsókn í gróðurhús Greenhouse Visit

Aðkoma fyrir fatlaða Wheelchair Access

Fjórhjólaferðir ATV Tours

Húsdýr til sýnis Farm Animals on Display

Veitingar Restaurant

Tjaldsvæði Campsite

Útsýni Panorama

Aðeins morgunverður Breakfast Only

Bátaleiga Boat Rental

Gönguleiðir Walking Trails

Vínveitingar Licensed Restaurant / Bar

Jeppaferðir Jeep Tours

Þvottaaðstaða / þvottaþjónusta Laundry Facilities

Hvalaskoðun Whale Watching

Þráðlaust netsamband Wireless Internet Connection

Heimilisveitingar (bókaðar með fyrirvara) Meals Booked in Advance

Bátsferðir Boat Trips

Aðgangur að nettengdri tölvu Internet Access

Eldunaraðstaða Cooking Facilities

Bílaleiga Car Rental

CREDIT CARD

Kreditkort (Visa / Mastercard) Credit Cards Accepted


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UPPLÝSINGAMIÐSTÖÐ | HYRNUTORG BORGARBRAUT 58 - 60 | 310 Borgarnes INFORMATION CENTRE | +(354) 437 2214 |info@westiceland.is

Verið velkomin í upplýsingamiðstöð Vesturlands í Borgarnesi

Welcome to the Tourist Information Centre in Borgarnes

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Í upplýsingamiðstöðinni við Hyrnutorg færðu gagnlegar upplýsingar um ferðalög og gistingu innanlands.

The Tourist Information Centre is located in the Hyrnutorg Shopping Centre and provides useful information about trips and accomodations in West Iceland.

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Awards and recognition for West Iceland Verðlaun og viðurkenningar á Vesturland EarthCheck Environmental Certification in Snæfellsnes 2008-2018 - the five municipalities in Snæfellsnes now sport the environmental certification for the ninth consecutive year. Eden Quality Destination Europe 2011 - Stykkishólmur received this designation and award for the preservation and renewal of cultural heritage and an ambitious strategy for sustainable tourism development. The Planning Prize 2014 - The regional planning of Snæfellsnes “The spirit of Snæfellsness - a resource for development“- where special emphasis was placed on planning in connection with the tourism industry and it‘s integration with the built environment and natural surroundings. World Travel Awards Academy Award in the category of small, innovative hotels in Europe - “Iceland’s Leading Boutique Hotel” 2014 - Hotel Glymur in Hvalfjörður won this award, which is the premier recognition that tourism companies can receive. These include recognition for the hotel as a superior service point. One of the 10 best remote hotels in the world in 2014 - nomination of the Financial Times. Hotel Búðir ​​ in the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which is located near the Atlantic Ocean, with a view of Snæfellsjökull glacier. Innovation Prize SAF 2015 - INTO THE GLACIER - The Ice Cave in Langjökull is an incentive for innovation and continued product development in the tourism industry nationwide. Eyrarrósin 2015 - The Freezer Hostel in Rif is a cultural center, artist’s residence and hostel with cultural and historical events throughout the year. One of the world’s most interesting destinations - “Lonely planet best in travel 2016” - West Iceland received Lonely Planet’s recognition as one of the world’s most interesting destinations in 2016. The West has been part of the

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growth that the tourism industry has experienced in recent years. Services and entertainment have been built up and many model companies have been established. The West has a special position when it comes to winter tourism, and the West is enjoying the benefits of being accessible. Proximity to the capital and winter snowflakes make Western Iceland an exciting choice for tourists. One of the 17 most interesting places in the world to visit - ”CNN’s best places to visit in 2017“ - West Iceland was nominated by CNN Media News as one of 17 most interesting places in the world for travelers to explore in 2017. Europe’s most scenic destination, “Scenic destination of Europe” 2017 designation by Luxury Travel Guide. The West is chosen because of it’s beautiful nature and it’s excellent access when it comes to exploring nature. Winter Destination of the Year ”Winter Destination of the Year“ 2018 designation by Luxury Travel Guide. The West boasts a great and varied natural beauty that gives guests the promise of a desirable experience in the country of Nordic stories, volcanoes and glaciers. This part of the country is beautiful all year round and even increases it’s charm in the winter. During a winter trip in the West, guests can experience incredible natural beauty where the beaches, lava, waterfalls and mountains of the winter season and the northern lights illuminate the sky and shed light on this glorious landscape. You can enjoy culture, outdoor activities, cave exploration, hiking and bathing in hot water. International Design Prize - International Rosa Barba Landscape Prize 2018. The most prestigious international award for landscape architecture in Europe was awarded for the design of the stairway up to Saxhóll hill in Snæfellsjökull National Park. The Quarry 2018 - The Erpsstaðir Creamery was awarded the Quarry in 2018 for it’s entrepreneurship in the field of food science and the development of products from its own production.


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Visit West Iceland Marketing Office Markaðsstofa Vesturlands Visit West Iceland is the official marketing agency for West Iceland, responsible for worldwide marketing and development of tourism in West Iceland. Visit West Iceland Marketing Office is the first point of contact for tourism, marketing, information and events in West Iceland. Visit West Iceland provides journalists, travel agents and other professionals with information and advice, help with planning itineraries and photos intended for media and public relations purposes. The Tourist Information Centre is run by the Marketing office and located at Hyrnutorg, Borgarbraut 58 - 60, Borgarnes. See more on www.west.is.

Wonders of Snæfellsnes National Park

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Markaðsstofa Vesturlands er opinber markaðsaðili fyrir Vesturland, ábyrg fyrir markaðssetningu svæðisins á heimsvísu og þróun ferðamannaiðnaðar á Vesturlandi. Markaðsstofan er fyrsti tengiliður fyrir ferðaþjónustu- og markaðsaðila, upplýsingar og viðburði á Vesturlandi. Markaðsstofa Vesturlands veitir fréttamönnum, ferðaskrifstofum og öðrum fagmönnum upplýsingar og ráðgjöf, hjálp við gerð ferðaáætlana og myndir ætlaðar til markaðssetningar og almannatengsla. Upplýsingamiðstöð Markaðsstofunnar er til húsa í Hyrnutorgi, Borgarbraut 58-60, Borgarnesi. Sjá nánar á www.vesturland.is.

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EXPLORE THE HEART OF NATURE

HÓTEL HÚSAFELL

ACTIVITIES

HOT TUBS AND SWIMMING

Hotel Húsafell is located at the edge of Iceland's central highlands. The hotel offers 48 elegant rooms, event and meeting facilities and a high end restaurant.

Geothermal baths, a golf course and playgrounds for kids are on the premises and guests can choose from a wide variety of activities, such as a tour to the Icecave in Langjökull (ranked Lonely Planet's #15 top activity in the world).

Nestled in an old-growth birch forest, the swimming pool and hot tubs in Húsafell are fed by a nearby geothermal spring.

RESTAURANT - BISTRO

HIKING

CAMPING

Traditional Icelandic fare along with more international dishes are served in an inviting atmosphere for both lunch and dinner.

Húsafell is every hiker's dream. Dense woods, lava formations, mountain springs, ravines, glaciers and extraordinary wildlife at almost every turn. Check out our map with our top 10 hikes.

The camping site is located in the middle of Húsafell resort. Access to public restrooms, hot showers and a washing machine is included in the camping fee.

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People and places in West Iceland Líf og fjör á Vesturlandi

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The Sagaland Fornsögur og þjóðsagnaarfur West Iceland is a Sagaland. Many of the most widely known settlers, according to the medieval Landnámabók (Book of Settlements), settled in the region. These were vikings such as Skalla-Grímur Kveldúlfsson, who settled Borgarfjörður, Auður the Deep-minded, who settled Dalir, and Eiríkur rauði (Erik the Red), who lived in Dalir but later established the first Nordic settlement in Greenland. Erik´s son, Leifur heppni or Leif Erikson the Lucky, was the first European to reach the North American continent, nearly 400 years before Christopher Columbus. Descendants of these settlers became the main characters of the Sagas; for example Egill Skallagrímsson of Egil´s saga, Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir and Kjartan Ólafsson of Laxdæla, and Gunnlaugur and Helga the Fair of Gunnlaug´s saga (The Saga of Gunnlaugur the Worm-Tongue). Many of the Icelandic Sagas were written in West Iceland and the great poet and historian Snorri Sturluson lived in Reykholt in Borgarfjörður. He was the author of the prose Edda and Heimskringla, which contains the history of the Norwegian kings.

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Nokkrir þekktustu landnámsmenn Íslandssögunnar námu land á Vesturlandi. Þar ber helst að nefna Skalla-Grím Kveldúlfsson í Borgarfirði og Auði djúpúðgu í Dölum. Eiríkur rauði bjó vestur í Haukadal áður en hann nam land á Grænlandi. Í Haukadal fæddist Leifur heppni, sonur Eiríks, sem er talinn hafa fundið Vínland (Norður-Ameríku). Afkomendur landnámsmanna Vesturlands og fylgdarliðs þeirra urðu síðar meðal þekktustu persóna Íslendingasagnanna, t.d. Egill Skallagrímsson, Kjartan Ólafsson, Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir, Gunnlaugur Ormstunga og Helga hin fagra. Flestar Íslendingasögurnar voru skráðar á Vesturlandi, s.s. Egils saga, Sturlunga, Laxdæla og Eyrbyggja. Í Reykholti í Borgarfirði bjó Snorri Sturluson, hinn merki sagnaritari, skáld og höfðingi, höfundur Snorra-Eddu og Heimskringlu. Sagnaarfur Vesturlands er ekki aðeins fólginn í frásögnum frá miðöldum heldur einnig í þjóðsögum um undarlegt fólk, tröll, álfa, drauga, útilegumenn og dulræn fyrirbrigði. Af þessum sökum er Vesturland oft kallað Sögulandið.


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Drive my Car Driving in Iceland can be a novel experience for those accustomed to wide freeways with multiple lanes. Right-hand traffic is practiced and most of the roads are not designed for higher speeds. Two lanes are the norm; one in each direction and gravel roads are quite common. Then there is the weather. Driving in the snow and the ice in the dark winter is quite different from driving in the summer.

Before you hit the road • Using seatbelts is required by law, also in the back seat. • Headlights are mandatory, night and day, even if the sun is shining. • As elsewhere, it is illegal to operate a vehicle after any consumption of alcohol or drugs. • Right-hand traffic is practiced in Iceland. • Route 1, the Ring Road, is the safest way to all regions in Iceland. • Most of the roads are not designed for higher speeds. Two lanes are the norm; one in each direction and gravel roads are quite common. • Always check www.road.is, www.safetravel.is and www.weather.is or phone 1777 for the latest updates on weather and road conditions and road closures. • You cannot always rely upon road information on Google Maps to be accurate and up to date. • The use of hands-free equipment is an obligation when talking on a mobile phone and driving at the same time. It is recommended not to use the phone at all while driving.

On the road • Always respect the speed limit: 90 km/h for paved, and 80 km/h for gravel roads. In urban areas the limit is 30-50 km/h (signs indicate if the limit is higher). • Be aware of the road surface. Look out for the signs that indicate when the road is about to change from tarmac to gravel and slow down or risk losing control of the vehicle. • Most of the roads are not designed for higher speeds so exceeding the speed limit is dangerous and loose gravel can damage your windscreen. • Always stay on the roads. Off-road driving is illegal and high fines or imprisonment can be expected for offenses. Driving off-road can damage the delicate nature and leave marks for decades. • If you are planning on long trips, make sure to take short breaks and get out of the car to stretch, or even switch drivers. • When approaching a one-lane bridge, remember to be courteous to other drivers.

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• When approaching blind curves, slow down and stay on the right side of the road. • When the wind is strong, park against it, or the doors might fly open. • Before getting out of the car to enjoy the scenery or take pictures, please find a safe place to park. Parking on the side of the road is dangerous. • Watch out for sheeb on the roads and slow down when approaching it. • Do not ignore a “Road Closed” sign. It is there for a reason, summer or winter. • Follow these tips, and you will have a very nice trip here in Iceland.

In the winter • To drive in Iceland during the wintertime you must be prepared to drive on snowy and icy roads. Perhaps an organized tour with a driver and guide would be more appropriate. • Always check www.road.is, www.safetravel.is and www.weather.is or call 1777 for the latest updates on weather and road conditions and road closures. • Road conditions can change rapidly and you could experience different conditions every 10 km due to difference in elevation. Even if the roads are clear of snow, they can be icy so adjust your speed to the conditions in hand. • If your car gets stuck in snow, call the emergency number 112. • If you have to leave your vehicle, please turn on the hazard lights. • Install the 112 Iceland app on your phone. • Have a paper road map by your side. • Keep your gas tank full.


Events in West Iceland 2019-2020 Viðburðir á Vesturlandi 2019-2020 Olafsvik

Hvalfjörður

May 30st - June 2th / 30. maí - 2. júní

July 5th-7th / 5.-7. júlí

August 23th-25th / 23-25. ágúst

The Icelandic Forging Championship at Akranes Folk Museum / Íslandsmeistaramót í eldsmíði í Byggðasafninu í Görðum.

ólafsvíkur wake - Family festival. / Ólafsvíkurvaka. Fjölskylduhátíð.

Hvalfjörður Days Festival / Hvalfjarðardagar.

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International triathlon. / Alþjóðlegt þríþrautarmót.

June 2nd - 3rd / 2. - 3. júní

Fishermen‘s Holiday. Various events in West Iceland to celebrate the Fishermen‘s Holiday / Sjómannadagurinn haldinn hátíðlegur víða um Vesturland. June 17th / 17. júní

July 27th / 27. júlí.

Hvanneyri July 6th / 6. júlí

Hvanneyri Festival / Hvanneyrarhátíð. Hellissandur & Rif

Icelandic National Day celebrated throughout West Iceland / Þjóðhátíðardagurinn haldinn hátíðlegur um allt Vesturland

The Hellissandur & Rif Town Festival / Sandara- og Rifsaragleði.

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Dalir

June 21th - 23th / 21. - 23. júní

The Norðurál Youth Tournament in Football / Norðurálsmótið í knattspyrnu.

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The Home to Búðardalur Festival / Bæjarhátíðin Heim í Búðardal. Kjós

The Skarfavör Sea Swim / Skarfavararsund.

Kjós Community Festival / Kátt í Kjós.

The Aluminium Man Triathlon / Þríþrautin Álmaðurinn. Borgarnes June 29th / 29. júní

Brákarhátíð Town Testival / Brákarhátíð. Allt Snæfellsnes June 22nd-31st August / 22. júní -21. ágúst

Art exhibition Umhverfing Nr. 3. / Listasýning Umhverfing Nr. 3. Stykkishólmur June 29th / 29. júní

July / júlí

Grundarfjörður July 22th - 28th / 22. - 28. júlí

The Grundarfjörður Town Festival “Á góðri stund” (Good moment) / Á góðri stund í Grundarfirði. Reykholt July 26th - 28th / 26. - 28. júlí

The Reykholt Chamber Music Festival in Reykholt, Borgarfjörður / Tónlistarhátíðin Reykholtshátíð í Reykholti í Borgarfirði. Reykhólasveit July 26th – 28th / 26. - 28. júlí

Icelandic National Costume Festival / Þjóðbúningahátíðin Skotthúfan.

Reykhólar Days Festival at Reykhólar village / Reykhóladagar.

Hellissandur

Dalir

June 22 - 23/ 22 -23 júní.

Götulistahátíð / Street Art Festival Ólafsvík 29th June / 29. Júní

Snæfellsglacier run / Snæfellsjökulshlaupið. Akranes July 4th - 7th / 4. - 7. júlí

Irish Days Town Festival / Bæjarhátíðin Írskir dagar. July 17th-21th / 17.-21. júlí

Oct. 5th / 5. október

The Borgarnes Sheep Festival / Sauðamessa. Grundarfjörður Oct. 10th - 16th / 10. - 16. október

Rökkurdagar Cultural Festival / Rökkurdagar. Snæfellsbær End of okt-beginning of nov / okt-nóv

Sausage festival in Langaholt / Bjúgnahátíð á Langaholti.

July 12th - 14th / 12. - 14. júlí

June / Júní

End of June / Í lok júní

Vesturland

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August 10th / 10. ágúst

The Ólafsdalur Festival at Ólafsdalur Valley in Gilsfjörður / Ólafsdalshátíð í Ólafsdal í Gilsfirði.

Dalir Oct. /okt.

Autumn celebration of the Society of Sheep Farmers in Dalir. Held in Búðardalur / Haustfagnaður Félags sauðfjárbænda í Dölum haldinn í Búðardal. Akranes Oct. 24th - Nov. 3th / 24. okt. - 3. nóv

Vökudagar Cultural Festival / Menningarhátíðin Vökudagar. Rif Oct. 25th - 27th / 25. - 27. okt.

The Northern Wave International Film Festival / Alþjóðlega kvikmyndahátíðin Northern Wave. Akranes Nov 30th / 30. nóvember

Lighting of the Akranes Christmas Tree / Tendrun jólaljósa á Akratorgi. December annually / Í desember hvert ár.

Akranes Christmas Adventure / Jólaævintýri í Garðalundi.

Borgarnes August / ágúst

Plan B Art Festival / Listahátíðin Plan B. Stykkishólmur August 16th - 19th / 16. - 19. ágúst

Danish Days Town Festival / Bæjarhátíðin Danskir dagar.

IceDocs Film festival

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Akranes Akranes is the largest town of West Iceland. A village and eventually a town, today populating over 7.000 people, began to emerge at the turn of the 20th century, as the fishing industry was modernized. The town is located on a small peninsula often called Skipaskagi, meaning “peninsula of ships”. The name is derived from a long tradition of fishing in the area. The name Akranes is however drawn from a period of corn farming on the peninsula centuries ago, Akra, meaning Acres. The peninsula was first settled around 900 AD by the Irish brothers Þormóður and Ketill, sons of Bresi. The Irish origin have since been cherished in the area and celebrated each year during the first weekend of July with a festival called Irish Days. Akranes offers various activities. A walk along the many footpaths around the town offers a good chance to witness the rich birdlife and the powerful waves breaking on the shores of the peninsula. A stroll along the beach Langisandur and an exploration of the vivid panorama at the top of the lighthouse at Breiðin, the westernmost part of Akranes, highlight the town´s atmosphere. A top 18 hole golf course is also in town. Akranes provides vital services for tourists, such as an information centre, restaurants, shops, accommodations and supermarkets. Welcome to Akranes!

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Akranes er stærsti bærinn á Vesturlandi. Heimildir herma að nesið hafi fyrst verið numið um 900 af írskum bræðrum, þeim Þormóði og Katli Bresasonum og hefur írska tengingin löngum verið heiðruð af bæjarbúum sem árlega efna til „Írskra daga“ í byrjun júlí. Nafn bæjarins er dregið af frásögnum um akuryrkju á nesinu fyrr á öldum. Bærinn hefur einnig gengið undir nafninu Skipaskagi sökum aldalangrar sjósóknarhefðar. Þorp tók að myndast á Akranesi með vaxandi útgerð og þegar 20. öldin gekk í garð hafði myndast þar bær. Í dag búa á Akranesi yfir 7.000 manns. Ýmislegt er við að vera á Akranesi. Göngutúr um fjölmarga göngustíga bæjarins gefur gestum gott tækifæri til að fylgjast með fjölbreyttu fuglalífi staðarins og sjá kraftinn í briminu. Einnig er hægt að fylgjast með lífinu í Akraneshöfn, rölta í rólegheitum um baðströndina Langasand, slaka á í Guðlaugu eða skoða útsýnið af toppi Akranesvita á Breið. Einn besti golfvöllur landsins er einnig á Akranesi. Í bænum er að finna góða þjónustu við ferðamenn, svo sem upplýsingamiðstöð, veitingastaði, gistingu og verslanir. Velkomin á Akranes!


Akranes lighthouse Summer: everyday from 10am-6pm

Peaceful and beautiful camping area

Winter: Tue-Sat from 11am-5pm

Guรฐlaug hot pool Open all year round +354 433 1100

info@akranes.is +354 894 2500 akraneslighthouse akraneslighthouse

Gudlaug.NaturalPool Gudlaug.NaturalPool

Welcome to Akraness Akranes folk museum May 15 - Sep 15 open daily 10am-5pm www.muesum.is +354 433 1150 /akranesmuseum /akranesmuseum

Akranes Swimming Pool Open all year round

+354 433 1100

Water from the most powerful thermal spring in Europe


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Stay West Accommodation Gallery Guesthouse Merkigerði 7 - Akranes Gallery Guesthouse is located in a charming old building, which has been recently renovated in the heart of Akranes. Walking distance from the town square, restaurants, cafés and supermarkets. Ŕ Free WiFi and access to fully equipped kitchen and spacious lounge. Ŕ Tandem bicycles free of use.

Akranes HI Hostel Suðurgata 32 - Akranes Akranes HI Hostel is situated in an old and respectable house which used to be the town’s pharmacy. It is located downtown, close to the town square. Ŕ The rooms are comfortable and nicely furnished, with or without en-suite facilities. Ŕ Our guests have access to free WiFi, two fully equipped kitchens and a spacious lounge.

Akranes Guesthouse Vogabraut 5 - Akranes Akranes Guesthouse becomes a nice guesthouse every year from June to August. The guesthouse is located close to the center of Akranes and is in a walking distance from restaurants and supermarkets. Ŕ Each room is nicely furnished with a private bathroom. Ŕ Our guests have access to a free WiFi and a fully equipped shared kitchen and TV lounge.

Borgarnes HI Hostel Borgarbraut 9-3 - Borgarnes Borgarnes HI Hostel is newly renovated and is located in the centre of Borgarnes next to the public park and a thermal pool with waterslides and hot tubs. Ŕ The rooms are comfortable and nicely furnished with or without en-suite facilities. Ŕ Our guest have acess to free wifi, fully equiped kitchen and spacious lounge and TV room.

www.staywest.is


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Guðlaug Ný manngerð náttúrulaug hefur opnað á Langasandi á Akranesi. Laugin kallast Guðlaug, sem er kvenmannsnafn en einnig getur þýtt „laug Guðs“. Útsýni frá lauginni er magnað, frá henni er hægt að sjá þvert yfir strandlengjuna og einnig yfir Faxaflóa til Reykjavíkur. Hugmyndin að lauginni kviknaði vegna pollanna sem myndast í flæðamálinu þegar það er fjara. Á Langasandi er hægt að baða sig í sjónum og njóta útsýnisins í Guðlaugu sem er opin allt árið um kring.

A new man-made hot geothermal pool was opened at Langisandur beach in the town of Akranes. The pool is called Guðlaug, which is both a woman’s name and can also mean “the pool of god.” The view from the pool is magnificent, across the beach and bay over to Reykjavik. The idea behind the pool came from the puddles which formed on the beach at low tide. In Langisandur beach you can bathe in the ocean and enjoy the view over Faxafló bay in the warm water in Guðlaug, which is open all year round. If you want to experience something new, come and visit Guðlaug.

Sjúkrakassar

í bílinn og bústaðinn Kaffihús með lífrænar vörur Certified Organic Café Matarbúr Kaju / Café Kaja

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Langisandur The beach Langisandur is a popular destination in Akranes. Known for its beauty, cleanliness and tranquility, Langisandur is certified as a Blue Flag beach, one of only three in Iceland. During warm summer days the beach attracts both locals and guests; they sunbathe, build sandcastles and even swim in the ocean. Many stroll along the beach, which takes around 30-40 minutes, to clear their minds and enjoy the seaside.

Baðströndin Langisandur er vinsæll viðkomustaður á Akranesi. Ströndin er ein af þremur Bláfánaströndum á Íslandi og þekkt fyrir fegurð sína og hreinleika. Heimamenn jafnt sem gestir sækja í ströndina á góðviðrisdögum til að sleikja sólina, reisa sandkastala og jafnvel synda í sjónum. Þá kjósa margir að ganga meðfram ströndinni, til að tæma hugann og njóta sjávarsíðunnar. Gönguferð meðfram Langasandi tekur u.þ.b. 30-40 mínútur.

Óskum eftir rekstraraðila GARÐAVÖLLUR - LEYNIR GOLF CLUB nýrrar Frístundamiðstöðvar við Garðavöll Akranesi

ndamiðstöð við Garðavöll er ný og glæsileg bygging Garðavöllur Golf Course élags- og frístundastarf.

Akranes

ngunni er ætlað að skapa heilsársstarfsemi og TEL: stu við kylfinga og aðra431 gesti2711 á Akranesi og nágrenni.

leynir@leynir.is itum að metnaðarfullum og þjónustulunduðum www.leynir.is raraðila með ástríðu fyrir góðri þjónustu og mat.

000 m2 bygging: 700 m2 1. hæð 300 m2 kjallari 200 manns í sæti

Golfklúbburinn Leynir • Framreiðslueldhús • 100 bílastæði • Gott aðgengi • Frábært umhverfi

with 18 holes, which are rather challenging GARÐAVÖLLUR GOLF COURSE IN AKRANES (40á netfanginucourse nari upplýsingar veitir framkvæmdastjóri Leynis í síma 899 7834 eða gs@leynir.is but in essence relatively fair to play. It is easy to MINUTES DRIVE FROM REYKJAVÍK) IS A POPULAR GOLF walk and it´s par is 72. A driving range with a golf COURSE, RUN BY LEYNIR, THE LOCAL GOLF CLUB. ball dispenser is located at Garðavöllur, along with Garðavöllur is a competition and tournament golf a good practice green and areas. Visit www.golficeland.org and www.golf.is/gl for further information. Garðavöllur á Akranesi er vinsæll golfvöllur sem rekinn er af Golfklúbbnum Leyni. Völlurinn er 18 holu GSÍ-keppnisvöllur en hann þykir krefjandi og skemmtilegur og fremur léttur í göngu. Par vallarins er 72. Á Garðavelli er gott æfingasvæði með sjálfvirkri boltavél og góðri púttflöt. CREDIT CARD

Nánari upplýsingar er að finna á www.golf.is/gl.

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The Lighthouses at Breið Vitarnir á Breið Breið is the name of the westernmost point of the Akranes peninsula. The key symbols of Breið are the two lighthouses. The smaller one is among the oldest lighthouses in Iceland, built in 1918. The taller one, Akranesviti, was built in 1944 and put into service in 1947. Both offer great panoramic view of Akranes and its nearby area, especially Akranesviti, which has

GUÐLAUG - HOT POOL IN LANGISANDUR BEACH Langasandur Akranes gudlaug@akraneskaupstadur.is www.visitakranes.is Gudlaug.NaturalPool Gudlaug.NaturalPool

Summer: Every day 12 - 8 pm except Wed and Sat 10 am - 6 pm Winter: Wed - Fri 4 - 8 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm and Sun from 12 - 6 pm

become popular tourist destination. Akranesviti is open every day from May 1st to September 15th from 10.00-18.00, but from September 16th to April 30th from 11.00-17.00 Tuesdays-Saturday. Breið er ysti tangi Akraness. Tákn Breiðar eru vitarnir tveir sem þar eru. Sá minni er einn sá elsti á Íslandi, byggður árið 1918. Sá stærri, Akranesviti, var hins vegar reistur árið 1944 og tekinn í notkun árið 1947. Úr báðum vitum er frábært útsýni yfir Akranes og nágrenni, sérstaklega Akranesvita, sem er einn vinsælasti áfangastaður ferðmanna í bænum. Akranesviti verður opinn frá kl. 10.00 – 18.00 alla daga frá 1. maí og til 15. september, en fimmtudaga til laugardaga frá kl. 11.00-17.00 frá 16. september til 30. apríl.

AKRANES CAMPING - TJALDSVÆÐI

SUNDLAUGIN Á AKRANESI / AKRANES SWIMMING POOL

Kalmansvík Akranes TEL: 895 0021 campingakranes@gmail.com www.visitakranes.is Visitakranes

Íþróttamiðstöðinni við Jaðarsbakka TEL: 433 1100 jadarsbakkar@akraneskaupstadur.is www.akranes.is

Tjaldsvæðið á Akranesi er staðsett í Kalmansvík sem er falleg vík í útjaðri bæjarins. Þar er mikil friðsæld, fuglalíf og náttúrufegurð. Öll þjónusta er í göngufæri. Gallery er á tjaldsvæðinu.

Open / Opið: Mon. / mán. - Fri. / fös. 6-21 Sat. / lau - Sun. / sun. 9-18 Outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs and gym Útisundlaug, heitir pottar og þreksalir

BÓKASAFN AKRANESS / LIBRARY

BYGGÐASAFNIÐ Í GÖRÐUM / AKRANES FOLK MUSEUM

Dalbraut 1 Akranes TEL: 433 1200 bokasafn@akranessofn.is www.bokasafn.akranes.is

Garðaholt 3 Akranes TEL: 433 1150 www.museum.is

Bókasafn Akraness

Open / Opið: Mon / mán. - Fri. / fös. 12-18 Sat. / lau. 11-14 (Oct.-Apr.) Bókasafn og sýningar / Library and exhibitions

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Open / Opið: 15th May / maí - 15th Sept./sept. 10:00-17:00 Opið fyrir hópa á öðrum tímum

akranesmuseum

Byggðasafnið í Görðum Akranesi Akranes Folk Museum


Akrafjall Akrafjall er eitt helsta kennileiti Akraness. Fjallið er talið auðvelt uppgöngu og er vinsæll áfangastaður göngufólks. Megintindar Akrafjalls eru tveir, Geirmundartindur (643 m) í norðri og Háihnúkur (555 m) í suðri. Á milli þeirra liggur Berjadalur, sem er aðgengilegur göngufólki. Göngutími upp fjallið er um tvær klukkustundir og liggur gönguleið frá bílastæðinu við vesturhlið Akrafjalls. Malarvegur liggur að fjallinu frá Akrafjallsvegi.

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The mountain Akrafjall is Akranes main landmark. It is relatively easy to climb and a popular destination for hikers. Akrafjall has two main peaks, Geirmundartindur (643 m) in the north and Háihnúkur (555 m) in the south. A hike to the top takes approximately two hours. Between the peaks is Berjadalur, a valley accessible for hikers. The trail begins at a car park on Akrafjall’s west side, close to Akranes. The short gravel path leading to the car park has an entry from Akrafjallsvegur (Route 51).

AKRANES LIGHTHOUSE / INFORMATION CENTER Breið Akranes TEL: 894 2500 info@akranes.is www.visitakranes.is Visitakranes Summer: Every day from 10am-6pm Winter: Tue-Sat from 11am-5pm

VisitAkranes AkranesLighthouse

GALITO RESTAURANT

Gallerí Bjarni Þór í hjarta bæjarins Opin vinnustofa og gallerí

Teikningar, málverk, vatnslitamyndir, skopmyndir Kirkjubraut 1, Akranes - listamadur@simnet.is www.listamadur.com - Sími 431 1964 / 857 2648

Stillholt 16-18 Akranes TEL: +354 430 6767/ +354 866 8442 galito@galito.is www.galito.is The restaurant Galito is located in the same premises as Akranes City Hall. Galito Restaurant offers a wide variety of á la carte courses as well as group menus. There is a dining hall and bar facilities for 80 people.

GARÐAVÖLLUR GOLF COURSE

HORSE CENTRE BORGARTÚN

Garðar Akranes TEL: +354 431 2711/ +354 896 2711 leynir@leynir.is www.leynir.is Open from 1st May - 30th Sept.

Æðaroddi 36 Akranes TEL: + 354 625 9025 hmborgartun@gmail.com www.borgartun.com

Garðavöllur, the Akranes Golf Course, is an 18-hole course in West Iceland. Renowned for its beautiful surroundings, good upkeep and excellent putting greens, the course is quite challenging. It has many bunkers in play, a fair amount of water and trees. For the past few years it has been one of the top 5 championship courses in the country. Very good practice area and service including club house and rent of golf cars and clubs.

Horse Centre Borgartún offers 1-2 hour riding tours in beautiful nature on the outskirts of Akranes. Our tours are a wonderful experience for all those who want to try riding the Icelandic horse. Whether you are novice or an experienced rider, young or old, these friendly horses with their nimble and willing nature are a pleasure to ride in their natural environment. We specialize in smaller groups with personalized service and we are open all year round. When the weather is not on our side we can always ride inside.

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Town festivals in Akranes Bæjarhátíðir á Akranesi Popular festivals are celebrated annually in Akranes. Chief among them are Irish Days, where the locals celebrate their historical connection with Irish settlers. The festival is held during the first weekend of July and the town is decorated in green, orange and white colors for the occasion. Various events are arranged, including street grills, a small amusement park, street theatre, concerts, shows, outdoor markets and more. The Norðurál youth football tournament for eight-year old boys is held every June in Akranes. Around 180 teams will participate in the tournament this summer, which is one of the largest of its kind in Iceland. The tournament is a fascinating scene where the future footballers of Iceland score their first goals. Vökudagar (Waking Days) is a growing cultural festival in Akranes, held each year in early November. Art exhibitions, concerts, dance shows, plays and lectures are among the many events of the festival. Írskir dagar eru haldnir hátíðlegir á Akranesi fyrstu helgina í júlí ár hvert. Bæjarbúar fagna arfleifð sinni með því að skreyta bæinn í írsku fánalitunum til að heiðra írska forfeður sem fyrst námu land

á Akranesi. Fjölbreytt dagskrá er á hátíðinni og má nefna götugrill, tívolí, götuleikhús, tónleika, dansleiki, sýningar og markaðstorg. Í júní fer fram hið árlega Norðurálsmót á Akranesi, en það er knattspyrnumót fyrir sjö og átta ára pilta. Alls hafa 180 lið frá 31 félagi boðað komu sína í sumar og er mótið eitt af fjölmennustu yngri flokka mótum landsins. Fjölskyldur keppenda fylgja þeim til Akraness og liggur við að íbúafjöldi bæjarins tvöfaldist á meðan mótið stendur yfir. Menningarhátíðin Vökudagar er haldin á Akranesi í byrjun nóvember ár hvert. Þá er boðið upp á fjölmarga viðburði víðs vegar um bæinn, svo sem listsýningar, tónleika, dans- og leiksýningar og fyrirlestra. Írskir vetrardagar fara fram í mars þar sem m.a. er hægt að njóta listsýninga, leiksýninga og tónleika. Írskir vetrar dagar er minni útgáfa af sumar hátíðinni þar sem bæjarbúar og gestir njóta sýninga,leiklistar og tónlistar sem er í boði.

LESBÓKIN - CAFÉ

MATARBÚR KAJU / CAFÉ KAJA

Kirkjubraut 2 300 Akranes TEL: +354 863 5793 lesbokincafe@gmail.com Lesbókin Café

Stillholt 23 300 Akranes TEL: +354 840 1665 matarburkaja@gmail.com matarburkaju

Lesbokin Café is a cosy café at best location in Akranes. Good coffee, waffles, cakes, soups and sandwiches as well as more great things. We offer a breakfast buffet daily from 07:30 until 10:00.

Lífrænt kaffi, te, bakkelsi og létta rétti Organic coffee, tea, baked goods and light dishes

We open at 07:30 and close at 18:00 and have free Wi-Fi.

Sumar opnunartími / Summer opening hours Má.-Fös. / Mon.-Fri. 8:00-18:00 Lau.-Sun. /Sat.-Sun. 12:00-16:00

AKRANES HI HOSTEL

AKRANES GUESTHOUSE

Sudurgata 32 Akranes TEL: +354 868 3332 info@staywest.is www.staywest.is

Vogabraut 5 Akranes TEL: +354 868 3332 info@staywest.is www.staywest.is

Open: 1st of June – 11th of August CREDIT CARD

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Attraction sites Akranes

Garðalundur is the name of Akranes reforestation ground. It is a popular and relaxing recreation area, with varieties of footpaths, benches, playgrounds and ponds. An impressive grilling pavilion is located in Garðalundur (for everyone to use, free of charge). Other attractions include playground equipment, a minigolf course, a beach volleyball court and a frisbee golf course. Harbor. As Akranes is a port town you cannot ignore a visit to the harbor, where you will find a rich history of the fishing industry and on your walk you can also witness when sailors bring home the yield of the day work, a unique experience. Information board at the outskirt of town. Your first stop before entering the town of Akranes is the information board on your right, there you can park your car and learn about the town through pictures and maps.

GALLERY GUESTHOUSE

TRAVEL TUNES ICELAND

Merkigerdi 7 Akranes TEL: +354 868 3332 info@staywest.is www.staywest.is

Smiðjuvellir 17 300 Akranes TEL: +354 623 9293 traveltunesiceland@gmail.com traveltunesiceland.weebly.com traveltunesiceland Upplifðu gömlu, góðu íslensku þjóðlögin í fallegum flutningi með tónlistarfólki frá Akranesi. CREDIT CARD

Discover the charm of Icelandic folk songs with local musicians in Akranes.

THOR PHOTOGRAPHY

SMIÐJULOFTIÐ / ACTIVITY CENTER

Esjubraut 9 Akranes TEL: + 354 823 2331 thor@thor-photography.com www.thor-photography.com

Smiðjuvellir 17 300 Akranes TEL: +354 623 9293 smidjuloftid@smidjuloftid.is smidjuloftid.is Smidjuloftið

Thor Photography specializes in photography tours of the unique landscapes of Iceland, and has a permit as a Tour Operator from The Icelandic Tourist Board. It is our goal to get you to unique locations at the right time for the best photographic results. We have visited our favourite locations many times, and can offer advice and guidance regarding photography, if wanted or needed.

Afþreyingarsetur með glæsilega aðstöðu fyrir hópa, klifurveggir, leiktæki, tónlistarflutningur, námskeið, hópefli ofl. Activity center with climbing walls, games, music and great facilities for groups.

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Hvalfjörður

Hvalfjörður Hvalfjörður is one of the longest fjords in iceland and has a diverse landscape. The coastline includes spits and coves marked with rich birdlife. Hvalfjörður fjord itself is a special area with ample hiking opportunities, such as the popular trail of Síldarmannagötur. At the innermost part of the fjord, in Botnsdalur Valley, resides the 198 meter waterfall Glymur, the highest nonseasonal waterfall in Iceland. World War II unveiled the fjord as an important naval stronghold. The British and American armies built a naval base, which played a key role in the Battle of the Atlantic. At Miðsandur, some of the buildings and parts of the base are still intact. In the northern part of Hvalfjörður is Hvalfjarðarsveit, a rural district with about 640 inhabitants. It is bound by the scenic mountains of Skarðsheiði in the north, and the peaks of Botnssúlur in the east.

Bjarteyjarsandur Farm

HÓTEL GLYMUR

Bjarteyjarsandur, 301 Hvalfjörður TEL: 433 8831 / 433 8851 / 891 6626 arnheidur@bjarteyjarsandur.is www.bjarteyjarsandur.is

(Route 5010 by way from Route 47) Hvalfjörður Tel. 430 3100 info@hotelglymur.is www.hotelglymur.is

Bjarteyjarsandur - A Family Farm Farmhouse Restaurant & Accommodation Opening hours: May 1st – Sept. 1st Daily from 11 to 17.

Opið allt árið um kring Open all year round

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Hvalfjörður er einn lengsti fjörður landsins og landslag hans er fjölbreytt. Strandlengjan er margbreytileg með vogum og töngum þar sem finna má fjölbreytt fuglalíf. Fjöllin umhverfis hann bjóða upp á margar gönguleiðir, t.d. hinar vinsælu Síldarmannagötur. Í Botnsá í Hvalfjarðarbotni er að finna Glym, 198 metra háan foss, þann hæsta sem rennur allt árið á Íslandi. Í seinni heimsstyrjöldinni byggðu Bretar og Bandaríkjamenn flotastöð í Hvalfirði sem lék lykilhlutverk í sjóorrustunni miklu á Atlantshafi. Á Miðsandi er að finna athyglisverðar minjar frá stríðsárunum. Í norðanverðum Hvalfirði er Hvalfjarðarsveit, dreifbýlishérað með um 640 íbúa. Sveitin markast af tignarlegum fjöllum Skarðsheiðar í norðri og Botnsúlum í austri.


By Miðsandur, deep in the fjord Hvalfjörður, rests the whaling station Hvalur hf. Miðsandur served as a naval base for the Allies’ Atlantic fleet during World War II and the remaining army huts are a reminiscence of the turbulence past. One of the country’s largest oil depots is also located in Miðsandur. Originally built during World War II, the oil depot was rebuilt and renovated by NATO during the Cold War.

KALASTAÐIR COTTAGES Kalastaðir Hvalfjarðarsveit TEL: +354 433 8970 / +354 840 1225 kalastadir@gmail.com www.kalastadir.com Three fully equipped cottages close to the seaside. You can relax in the easy chairs or the hot tub on the veranda and enjoy the magnificent view over Hvalfjörður. Ideal location for day trips to many of the tourist attractions in the south and west of Iceland.

Við Miðsand, innarlega í Hvalfirði, er að finna hvalstöð fyrirtækisins Hvals hf. Þar hefur verið rekin umfangsmikil hvalaútgerð á sumrin á sjálfbæran hátt. Um miðja síðustu öld var bækistöð Atlantshafsflota bandamanna í seinni heimsstyrjöldinni starfrækt á Miðsandi. Braggabyggðin minnir ferðalanga enn á þann umbrotatíma. Ein stærsta olíubirgðastöð landsins stendur einnig við Miðsand. Hún var byggð í seinni heimsstyrjöldinni og endurbætt af NATO á kaldastríðsárunum.

Hvalfjörður

Hvalstöðin Miðsandi

KAFFI KJÓS

Meðalfellsvegur 50 Tel: 566 8099 / 897 2219 / 868 2219 kaffikjos@kaffikjos.is www.kaffikjos.is Kaffi Kjós

Kaffi Kjós Cafe is located in the southern slope of Meðalfell where you can enjoy local refreshment in homey environment. Grocery store, restaurant and bar. Kaffi Kjós er staðsett í suðurhlíð Meðalfells, með góðu útsýni yfir Meðalfellsvatn. Þar er veitingasala, verslun og bar. Lögð er áhersla á að fólk geti notið veitinga í heimilislegu umhverfi. Veitingar: kaffi og heimabakaðar kökur , hamborgarar og ýmislegt fleira góðgæti. Kaldur á krana, rautt eða hvítt, allt eftir stemmningu. Verslun: Ýmsar nauðsynjar, sælgæti, ís , leikföng og fl.

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-Falleg sveit í alfaraleið - Beautiful countryside by the main road

ÞÓRISSTAÐIR

Þórisstaðir (Route 520) Camping Tel. 843 6713 jonvalgeir@gmail.com

(Route 5010 by way from Route 47) Tel. 430 3100 info@hotelglymur.is www.hotelglymur.is

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Verið velkomin Welcome HOTEL HAFNARFJALL

Hafnarskógur (Route 1) Borgarfjörður TEL: 437 2345 info@hotelhafnarfjall.is www.hotelhafnarfjall.is hotelhafnarfjall

Hestaleigan Draumhestar

Stóra-Aðalskarð Tel. 898 5569 / 848 5099 www.draumhestar.com draumhestar@gmail.com

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Hótel Laxárbakki Laxárbakki (Route 1) Tel. +354 551 2783 laxarbakki@laxarbakki.is www.laxarbakki.is

Hernámssetrið (Route 47) Tel. 660 8585 gaui@gauilitli.is www.warandpeace.is

War and Peace Museum


Hvalfjörður

Botn The valley in the bottom of Hvalfjörður has a straightforward name: Botn (meaning Bottom). It is home to Glymur, the highest nonseasonal waterfall in Iceland, with a vertical drop of 198 meters. Glymur is part of the river Botnsá, which runs from the lake Hvalvatn, beyond Hvalfell, which towers over Botn. Hvalvatn is one of the deepest lake in the country, approximately 160 meters at its deepest point. South of Hvalvatn there are four peaks named Botnssúlur. According to Icelandic legend the evil whale Rauðhöfði (Redhead), after drowning a priest’s sons, was bedraggled into Hvalvatn by the priest avenging his sons. The beast then died there in the water, hence the name Hvalvatn (literally Whale Lake). Innsti hluti Hvalfjarðar nefnist Botn. Þar er fallegur dalur sem er heimili Glyms, hæsta foss Íslands sem rennur allt árið, 198 metrar á hæð. Glymur er í Botnsá sem rennur úr Hvalvatni, handan Hvalfells sem gnæfir yfir Botnsdalnum. Hvalvatn er eitt dýpsta stöðuvatn landsins, tæpir 160 metrar þar sem það er dýpst. Suður af Hvalvatni eru fjórtindar fagrir sem nefnast einu nafni Botnssúlur. Samkvæmt íslenskri þjóðsögu endaði illhvelið Rauðhöfði ævi sína í Hvalvatni en skepnan hafði verið hrakin

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þangað af gömlum presti í Saurbæ í hefndarskyni fyrir að hafa drekkt sonum hans. Af þessu hlaut Hvalvatn nafn sitt samkvæmt þjóðsögunni.


Svínadalur North of Hvalfjörður lies the beautiful valley Svínadalur. The river Laxá runs through the valley. Laxá is a well-known salmon fishing river. The river runs from a basin higher in the valley where three lakes, Eyrarvatn, Þórisstaðavatn and Geitabergsvatn, lie. Fishing licenses can be bought for all three lakes. A tourist service is run in the valley which is accessible from the Ring Road and Hvalfjarðarvegur in the south and from Skorradalur valley in the north.

SUNDLAUGIN AÐ HLÖÐUM / SWIMMING POOL Hvalfjarðarströnd Tel: +354 433 8990 hvalfjardarsveit.is

Hvalfjörður

Í Svínadal er fallegt um að litast. Dalurinn gengur upp af Leirársveit í Hvalfjarðarsveit. Um hann rennur áin Laxá sem er kunn laxveiðiá. Hún rennur úr vatnasvæði ofar í dalnum þar sem þrjú stór vötn eru; Eyrarvatn, Þórisstaðavatn og Geitabergsvatn. Veiðileyfi eru seld í þeim öllum. Í Svínadal er rekin ferðaþjónusta. Þá rekur KFUM og KFUK stórar sumarbúðir í

Vatnaskógi við Eyravatn. Hægt er að aka inn í Svínadal frá Hringveginum og Hvalfjarðarvegi að sunnanverðu og frá Skorradal í norðri.

Sundlaugin að Hlöðum

Opnunartími: 5. júní - 25. ágúst 2019 Mán.-fös. kl. 12:00-20:00 Lau.-sun. kl. 10:00-20:00 Útisundlaug, heitir pottar og gufa. Outdoor swimming pool, hot tubs and sauna.

ÞÓRISSTAÐIR

Meðalfellsvatn Meðalfellsvatn lake gets its name from Meðalfell, 345 m high mountain towering over the water. To get to the lake from Hvalfjarðarvegur (Route 47), drive Route 461. Meðalfellsvatn is about 2 square km and is about 19 m deep. The lake holds fish and the most common catch is trout and, on occasion, salmon. Near the lake are a number of summer cottages and some reside there all year long. Meðalfellsvatn dregur nafn sitt af Meðalfelli, 345 m háu fjalli sem gnæfir yfir vatninu. Að Meðalfellsvatni er ekið frá Hvalfjarðarvegi um veg nr 461. Vatnið er um tveir ferkílómetrar að flatarmáli og um 19 metrar þar sem það er dýpst. Þar er nokkur silungsveiði og jafnvel laxveiði og töluvert fuglalíf. Umhverfis vatnið er fjöldi sumarbústaða og í sumum þeirra er búið allt árið.

Þórisstaðir (Route 520), Hvalfjörður / \ʳÎx{Ên{ÎÊÈÇ£ÎÊUʍœ˜Û>}iˆÀJ}“>ˆ°Vœ“

Meðalfellsvegur 50 Tel: 566 8099 / 897 2219 / 868 2219 kaffikjos@kaffikjos.is www.kaffikjos.is Kaffi Kjós

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Borgarfjörður

Borgarfjörður

Borgarfjörður is a vast district in the middle of West Iceland, enclosed by a mountain range. t is essentially the home of the Icelandic Sagas, beautiful landscapes and agriculture. The area is covered with bluffs or “borgir”, which rise here and there out of the lowland, with moors and developed hayfields in between. The landscape is raw on higher grounds, with hills, mossy lava fields, extinct volcanoes and eventually mountains and glaciers. Lakes and popular salmon rivers abound in the district. The region consists of various attractions. To name but a few are the hot spring Deildartunguhver (Route 50), the crater Grábrók (Ring Road) and Hraunfossar (Route 518), a peculiar series of waterfalls streaming out of the lava field Hallmundarhraun. Numerous museums and exhibitions of all sorts can also be found in the area. Almost 3.900 people live in Borgarfjörður, majority of them in Borgarnes. Others live in the rural area, most at farms, but some in the university campuses at Bifröst and Hvanneyri. Some also live in Reykholt. Borgarfjörður er hérað sem nær frá Mýrum í vestri að Langjökli í austri. Fjölbreytt náttúra héraðsins laðar til sín fjölda gesta á ári hverju. Héraðið

einkennist af klettaborgum sem rísa hér og þar upp úr jörðinni, með mýrarflákum og framræstu landi inn á milli. Þegar lengra er haldið inn Borgarfjörðinn taka við hálsar, mosagrónar hraunbreiður, kulnaðar eldstöðvar og að endingu fjöll og jöklar. Jarðhiti er nokkur í héraðinu og nýttur á ýmsan máta, m.a. í sundlaugum. Saga héraðsins er fróðleg og tengist Íslandssögunni sterkum böndum. Heimamenn eru duglegir við að heiðra söguna og er víða um héraðið að finna sýningar og söfn henni tengdri. Fjölmargar náttúruperlur er að finna í Borgarfirði. Nefna mætti Deildartunguhver í Reykholtsdal, vatnsmesta hver í Evrópu, gíginn Grábrók í Norðurárdal og Hraunfossa sem falla fagurlega undan Gráhrauni skammt frá Húsafelli. Í sama hrauni er hinn tignarlegi hraunhellir Víðgelmir Íbúar Borgarfjarðar eru nú nálægt 3.900 talsins. Flestir búa í Borgarnesi við gatnamót hringvegarins og Snæfellsnesvegar. Borgarnes hefur sinnt héraðinu sem þjónustumiðstöð í 150 ár og er þar að finna þjónustu af ýmsu tagi. Aðrir búa á bæjum í uppsveitum og þá býr drjúgur hluti í háskólaþorpunum á Hvanneyri og Bifröst og á sögustaðnum Reykholti.

HOTEL HAFNARFJALL Hafnarskógur (Route 1) Borgarfjörður TEL: 437 2345 info@hotelhafnarfjall.is www.hotelhafnarfjall.is hotelhafnarfjall Hotel Hafnarfjall is a small country hotel with 16 rooms and 5 bungalows with extraordinary view which honores nature and a relaxed atmosphere. All rooms have free WiFi.

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Welcome to Borgarfjordur Velkomin í Borgarfjörð In Borgarfjordur: History / Miklar söguslóðir Natural wonders / Náttúrufegurð Salmon rivers / Laxveiðiár Swimming pools / Sundlaugar Museums / Söfn Restaurants / Veitingastaðir All necessary services / Fjölþætt þjónusta

www.borgarbyggd.is - borgarbyggd@borgarbyggd.is


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Experience the amazing LangjĂśkull glacier from the inside A rare, once in a lifetime opportunity

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Borgarfjörður

Diverse Geology Fjölþætt jarðfræði West Iceland is diverse in terms of its geology. The region formation is mostly comprised of tertiary basalt formation. Other common minerals are glacial varve, dolerite and palagonite. The oldest stratum in West Iceland is about 13 million years old, located near Borgarnes. The strata is younger when turning northwest towards Stykkishólmur and southeast towards the active volcano zone in South Iceland. Two separated semi-active volcanic zones are in the region. One penetrates from Þingvellir national park to Langjökull glacier in the east, the other from Norðurárdalur in Borgarfjörður through Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The last volcanic eruption in West Iceland occurred near Hallmundarhraun in Borgarfjörður and Rauðhálsar in Snæfellsnes around 900 AD. Mossy lava beds are a common sight in the two zones, particularly in Húsafell and Snæfellsnes. Contained in the lava beds are impressive lava caves. Extinct volcanoes are numerous in the area. Notable ones are near Hafnarfjall, Sælingsdalur and Setberg in Grundarfjörður. Geothermal activity is widespread in West Iceland; most activity is in Borgarfjörður which is one of the most powerful low temperature fields in the country. The area around Reykholt is particularily active where the energetic Deildartunguhver hot spring is located. Additional geological wonders are the mineral springs in Snæfellsnes, the most famous at Ölkelda, and the glaciers Snæfellsjökull, Langjökull and Eiríksjökull.

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Jarðfræði Vesturlands er fjölþætt. Þar er að finna jarðminjar frá öllum skeiðum í jarðsögu landsins. Meginhluti svæðisins samanstendur af blágrýtishraunlögum frá tertíertímabilinu en önnur algeng jarðefni eru hvarfleir, grágrýti og móberg. Elstu jarðlögin er að finna við Borgarnes. Þau eru um 13 milljóna ára gömul. Yngri jarðlög er að finna bæði í norðvestur í átt að Stykkishólmi, þar sem þau eru liðlega sex milljón ára gömul, og til suðausturs inn að hinu virka gosbelti á Suðurlandi. Á Vesturlandi eru tvö aðskilin gosbelti sem enn teljast virk. Annað teygir sig frá Reykjanesi um Þingvelli og upp undir Langjökul á meðan hitt liggur eftir Snæfellsnesi endilöngu og inn í Norðurárdal. Síðast gaus þar um 900 en þá rann Hallmundarhraun og hraun við Rauðhálsa í Hnappadal á Snæfellsnesi. Mosagróin hraun eru algeng sjón á báðum beltum, sérstaklega við Húsafell og á Snæfellsnesi. Þar er tilkomumikla hraunhella að finna. Krökkt er af kulnuðum eldstöðvum í landshlutanum. Þær þekktustu eru kenndar við Hafnarfjall, Sælingsdal og Setberg við Grundarfjörð. Í Borgarfjarðardölum er jarðhiti og er það svæði eitt af þremur öflugustu lághitasvæðum landsins. Mestur jarðhiti er í Reykholtsdal og Deildartunguhver, sem vafalítið er þekktasti hver Vesturlands (en hann er einmitt vatnsmesti hver Evrópu). Á Snæfellsnesi er fjöldinn allur af ölkeldum. Einna þekktust er sú sem stendur við samnefndan bæ í Staðarsveit. Önnur markverð jarðfræðiteikn eru Snæfellsjökull, Langjökull og Eiríksjökull.


Swimming in Borgarfjörður

Borgarnes Swimming Pool / Sundlaugin í Borgarnesi - Tel. 433 7140 Mon.-Fri. / mán.-fös. Sat.-Sun. / lau.-sun.

06.00-22.00 09.00-18.00

Varmaland Swimming Pool / Sundlaugin að Varmalandi (Route 527) - Tel. 430 1401 Opið / Open: 1. júní / June - 19. ágúst / August Mon.-Sun. / mán.-sun. 9.00-18.00

Kleppjárnsreykir Swimming Pool / Sundlaugin á Kleppjárnsreykjum (Route 50) - Tel. 435 1140 Opið / Open: 1. júní / June - 19. ágúst / August Mon.-Sun. / mán.-sun. 9.00-18.00

Welcome to the pools! / Velkomin í sund!


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Hvanneyri

Hvanneyri (Route 511) is a small university campus with about 270 inhabitants located 14 kilometers east of Borgarnes. Hvanneyri is the home of the Agricultural University of Iceland but the village has been a centre of agricultural education and research for decades. Due to its tradition, the Agricultural Museum of Iceland is situated in Hvanneyri. The museum is located in the old University cowshed, named Halldórsfjós. The wool gallery Ullarselið is also in Hvanneyri, promoting ornaments and knits made by local craftswomen. Good walking trails are found all around Hvanneyri. Trail maps are available at the museum and the university office.

SKEMMAN CAFÉ Hvanneyri Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 868 8626 / +354 861 2945 skemmancafe@gmail.com Skemman Kaffihús Open: 1st June - 13th August, daily from 12-17, closed on Mondays. Follow the old stone path between the church and the cemetery and you’ll find a cosy café, located in the oldest house in the historical village of Hvanneyri. Our coffee is sourced from a small roastery called Reykjavik Roasters and our specialty are Belgian waffles with an Icelandic twist. We also offer other homemade treats.

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Þorpið Hvanneyri hefur í áratugi verið miðstöð menntunar og rannsókna á sviði landbúnaðar á Íslandi. Þar eru höfuðstöðvar Landbúnaðarháskóla Íslands og Landbúnaðarsafns Íslands. Safnið er til húsa í gamla kennslufjósi háskólans, Halldórsfjósi, en þar má fræðast á líflegan hátt um sögu íslensks landbúnaðar. Gallerí tileinkað íslensku ullinni, Ullarselið, er einnig á Hvanneyri. Þar bjóða handverkskonur í héraði upp á fjölbreyttar vörur. Á Hvanneyri er notalegt kaffihús og í nágrenninu er fjöldi góðra gönguleiða. Hægt er að nálgast gönguleiðakort í afgreiðslu háskólans á staðnum og á Landbúnaðarsafninu. Um 270 manns búa á Hvanneyri sem er í 14 km fjarlægð frá Borgarnesi.


LANDBÚNA�ARSAFN �SLANDS Sýnir sÜgu og Þróun íslensks landbúnaðar. Fróðleg sýning fyrir unga sem aldna Þar sem gamla og nýja sveitin mÌtast.

The Agricultural Museum of Iceland. Where the past and present countryside meet. Sumaropnun Summer Opening Hours 15.05 - 14.09: Alla daga kl 11-17 Every day from 11 am - 5 pm Vetraropnun Winter Opening Hours 15.09 - 14.05: Fim-lau kl 13-17 Thur-Saturday from 1 pm - 5 pm

Google Map: LandbĂşnaĂ°arsafn Ă?slands www.landbunadarsafn.is | +(354) 844 7740 ragnhildurhj@lbhi.is

ULLARSELIĂ? UllarseliĂ° er verslun meĂ° vandaĂ° handverk Ăşr Ă­slensku, nĂĄttĂşrulegu hrĂĄefni meĂ° ĂĄherslu ĂĄ ullarvĂśrur. UllarseliĂ° is a high quality handcraftshop with products from Icelandic material with an emphasis on wool and the old handcraft techniques. Sumaropnun Summer Opening Hours 15.05 - 14.09: Alla daga kl 11-17 Every day from 11 am - 5 pm Google Map: UllarseliĂ° www.ull.is | ull@ull.is | +(354) 437 0077

Vetraropnun Winter Opening Hours 15.09 - 14.05: Fim-lau kl 13-17 Thur-Saturday from 1 pm - 5 pm

HESPUHĂšSIĂ? HespuhĂşsiĂ° er opin jurtalitunarvinnustofa Ăžar sem GuĂ°rĂşn BjarnadĂłttir litar eftir gĂśmlum hefĂ°um. The Hespuhouse is an open studio where GuĂ°rĂşn BjarnadĂłttir hand dyes yarn according to the old traditions with natural plant dyes. OpiĂ° sumariĂ° 2019 jĂşnĂ­, jĂşlĂ­ og ĂĄgĂşst frĂĄ 12-18 LokaĂ° mĂĄnudaga. Open summer 2019 June, July & August from 12-18 pm Closed Mondays *OpiĂ° eftir samkomulagi utan Ăžess tĂ­ma og ĂĄ veturna. *Open upon request off hours and in winter.

SKEMMAN KAFFIHĂšS f @SKEMMANCAFE

Google Map: Hespa www.icelandcolors.com (For directions) hespa@hespa.is | +(354) 865 2910 &%)'#(N-/',% Ĺ?"g-#ĂŻ%''/((#60((3,#| Welcome to the little secret CafĂŠ in Skemman Hvanneyri.


Borgarfjörður

Landbúnaðarsafn Íslands

FUGLALÍF

Í FRIÐLANDINU ANDAKÍL Velkomin á gestastofu okkar á Hvanneyri

BIRDLIFE

IN THE ANDAKILL RAMSAR SITE Welcome to our visitor centre in Hvanneyri

landbunadarsafn.is | ragnhildurhj@lbhi.is | 00354 8447740

Hespuhúsið

Google Map: Hespa www.icelandcolors.com (For directions) hespa@vesturland.is | +(354) 865 2910

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TOURS WITH FUN-LOVING LOCALS www.tripiceland.com

Tours & accommodation Foodie tours - Active tours - Scenic tours


SELSSKÓGUR TJALDSVÆÐI / CAMPING

Deildartunguhver Deildartunguhver in Reykholtsdalur valley is the most voluminous natural hot spring in Europe. Each second, the spring spews about 180 liters of water, nearly 100°C. The water is harnessed for housewarming in Borgarnes and Akranes. The gushing hot spring is beautiful to look at whilst driving towards it from the road Borgarfjarðarbraut (Route 50), close to Kleppjárnsreykir. Krauma natural geothermal baths and spa are at Deildatunguhver.

Opið / Open from 17. maí / 17th May - 1. okt. / 1st Oct.

GUESTHOUSE HVÍTÁ Hvítárbakki 7 Borgarfjörður TEL: + 354 588 9122 /+ 354 692 3048 hvitarbakki@simnet.is www.icelandguesthouse.is Iceland Guesthouse Hvítá is nestled in the heart of Borgarfjörður. It is an ideal spot from which to discover all the beautiful nearby attractions. We offer a wide range of accommodation, from single to family rooms as well as a fully-furnished apartment for those who want more privacy. All family rooms have private bathrooms and modern facilities. Eight rooms have shared bathrooms. Beautiful mountain views in peaceful, tranquil surroundings.

Borgarfjörður

Deildartunguhver í Reykholtsdal er vatnsmesti hver Evrópu. Á hverri sekúndu flæða um það bil 180 lítrar af næstum 100 gráðu heitu vatni úr Deildartunguhver. Vatninu er veitt til húshitunar í Borgarnesi og leitt um 64 km leið til hitaveitu á Akranesi. Vellandi hverinn er fagur á að líta en ekið er að honum frá Borgarfjarðarbraut (þjóðvegi 50), skammt frá Kleppjárnsreykjum. Krauma náttúrulaugar eru við Deildatunguhver.

Selsskógur Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 789 8442 selsskogur@gmail.com Selsskogur

MILLI VINA GUESTHOUSE Hvítárbakki 3 Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 785 1082 / +354 776 1152 millivina@millivina.is www.millivina.is Luxury in its simplicity in a beautiful comfortable house. The guesthouse is located in relaxing surroundings in the middle of Borgarfjörður. It offers six rooms, access to a living room, dining room, TV room, two bathrooms and a kitchen. Surrounded by a beautiful garden where there is a hot tub with water from the hotspring Deildartunguhver, which has great health benefits.

Fossatún Country Hotel Fossatún Guesthouse Fossatún Camping Pods Fossatún Bistro Café

Fossatún, Borgarfjörður • TEL: +354 433 5800 info@fossatun.is • www.fossatun.is

HVERINN - SÆLUREITUR Í SVEITINNI Kleppjárnsreykir Reykholtsdalur Borgarfjörður TEL: 625 8888 / 863-0090 hverinn@hverinn.is www.hverinn.is hverinn-sælureitur

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Krauma Krauma is iceland’s latest geothermal bathing resort. This wellness complex features five outdoor baths fed by Europe’s higest flowing hot spring Deildartunguhver. The geothermally heated spring water is cooled to a perfect temperature using pristine, glacial meltwater from nearby Rauðsgil ravine. In addition to the baths Krauma features two saunas,1 tranquility space,PMresKrauma-128x93.pdf 3/27/2018 2:31:58 taurant and a bar.

Krauma - náttúrulaugar við deildartunguhver opnuðu 2017. Krauma er heilsulind sem samanstendur af fimm náttúrulaugum með hreinu og tæru hveravatni úr Deildartunguhver, vatnsmesta hver í Evrópu, og er kælt með vatni undan öxlum Oks, minnsta jökuls Íslands. Engum klór eða sótthreinsiefnum er blandað í vatnið en þess í stað er tryggð næg endurnýjun vatnsins í pottunum. Í Krauma eru einnig gufuböð og hvíldarherbergi, veitingastaður og bar.

Krauma is a natural geothermal bath & spa at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring.

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At Krauma Restaurant you can enjoy Icelandic cuisine in a relaxing athmosphere with a stunning view of the hot springs.

www.krauma.is


ODDSSTAÐIR

NES REYKHOLTSDALUR GOLF COURSE (9-HOLE)

Oddsstaðir Borgarfjörður TEL: 864 5713 / 895 0913 oddsstadir@oddsstadir.is www.oddsstadir.is

Nes (Route / Þjóðv. 518) Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 435 1472 / + 354 893 3889 info@nesreykholt.is www.nesreykholt.is

Horse rental, riding in beautiful and quiet surroundings. Accommodation with made-up beds and fully equipped kitchen.

STEINDÓRSSTAÐIR GUESTHOUSE

Kópareykir 1 Borgarfjörður TEL: 842 5237 Kopareykir@emax.is www.kopareykir.com

Reykholtsdal Borgarfjörður TEL: 435 1227 / 867 1988 steinda@vesturland.is www.steindorsstadir.is

Sheep & Horsefarm Kópareykir Our cottage (open all year/ 1-5 pers.) has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom (shower/WC/washing mashine) and an open livingroom with a kitchen. You are also welcome to use our hot tub. Wir sprechen deutsch!

We offer accommodation for 12 persons in 7 various room types with breakfast. Kitchen facilities for guests with all necessary utensils. / Gisting fyrir allt að 7 manns með morgunverði í fjölbreyttum herbergjum. Opið eldhús á staðnum með öllum nauðsynlegum áhöldum.

(5km)

Borgarfjörður

KÓPAREYKIR - SUMARHÚS / COTTAGE

5 km

STALDRIÐ VIÐ DEILDARTUNGUHVER

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Reykholt

Borgarfjörður

One of Iceland’s most notable historic sites is Reykholt (Route 518). In the years 1206-1241 Snorri Sturluson, a writer and chieftain, lived in Reykholt which still preserves cultural artifacts from that era. Among them is the ancient geothermal pool Snorralaug where Snorri is believed to have relaxed while resting from his to be historic writing. The cultural and medieval center Snorrastofa is located in Reykholt. Snorrastofa is the home of an interesting exhibition dedicated to the legacy of Snorri Sturluson. Guidance is offered to tourists, both by lectures and the new audioguide Snorri. A libray is also in Snorrastofa. The Church of Reykholt is also a popular concert hall where classical music plays the lead in the annual and ambitious Reykholt Chamber Music Festival at the end of July. A hotel is located in Reykholt in addition to a gas station with a mini-market. Opening hours of Gestastofa is from 1 May – 31 August every day 10 – 17 1 Sept. – 30 April weekdays 10 – 17 Reykholt í Borgarfirði er einn merkasti sögustaður Íslands. Þar bjó skáldið og höfðinginn Snorri Sturluson á árunum 1206 - 1241 og eru menningarminjar á staðnum frá þeim tíma. Má þar nefna hina fornu Snorralaug þar sem Snorri er talinn hafa slakað á og hvílt sig frá skrifum. Í Reykholti er starfrækt menningar- og miðaldasetrið Snorrastofa en þar er boðið

SNORRASTOFA

FOSSHOTEL REYKHOLT

Reykholt Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 433 8000 www.snorrastofa.is

Reykholt Borgarfjörður Tel: +354 435 1260 reykholt@fosshotel.is www.islandshotel.is Opið/Open: 1. maí/May 1. - 31. ágúst/Aug 31 Alla daga / Every day 10 - 17

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sept/Sept 1. - 30. apríl/April 30 Virka daga / weekdays 10 - 17 Á öðrum tímum eftir samkomulagi / Otherwise by arrangement

Fosshotel Reykholt is a romantic country hotel in the legendary settings of Reykholt in Borgarfjordur. Once the home of historian and poet Snorri Sturluson, Reykholt is one of Iceland’s major historic sites. Bounteous in captivating scenery the area is full of lava fields, waterfalls, mountains, craters and caves. The hotel has a nice restaurant and a bar. The hotel is ideal for guests that like to relax in the countryside, enjoy reading, writing and are interested in extending their knowledge of the Icelandic cultural heritage.


BREWERY BRUGGHÚS STEÐJA Steðji TEL: +354 896 5001 stedji@stedji.com www.stedji.com

Open: Monday-Saturday from 13:00-17:00

Opnunartími Gestastofu er frá maí – 31. ágúst daglega kl. 10 – 17 sept. – 30. apríl virka daga kl. 10 – 17

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upp á sýningar, fyrirlestra og leiðsögn fyrir ferðamenn. Nýtt leiðsöguapp, Snorri, var gefið út 2017. Öflugt tónlistarlíf er í Reykholtskirkju og sígild tónlist er í hávegum höfð á hinni árlegu Reykholtshátíð í lok júlí. Í Reykholti er að finna hótel og bensínstöð með lítilli matvöruverslun.

Snorrastofa í Reykholti Menningar- og miðaldasetur • Hljóðleiðsögnin Snorri Snorri, the Audio Guide • Sýningin Saga Snorra The Exhibition Snorri’s Saga • Upplýsingamiðstöð Information Centre • Menningardagskrá Cultural Programs

STURLUREYKIRHORSES Sturlureykir 320 Reykholt TEL: +354 691 0280 hrafnhildur@torg.is sturlureykirhorses.is Sturlureykir Horses/Visiting HorseFarm sturlureykirhorses

Stable Visit - Horseback Riding Open every day from 10:00 to 17:00.

Opið 1. maí–31. ágúst daglega 10–17 1. sept.–30. apríl virka daga 10–17 og eftir samkomulagi

Open 1 May–31 August Everyday 10–17 1 Sept.–30 April Weekdays 10–17 and on request

Snorrastofa s./tel. (+354) 433 8000 www.snorrastofa.is snorrastofa@snorrastofa.is

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Hraunfossar Hraunfossar eru ein fegursta náttúruperla Borgarfjarðar. Þar sprettur lindarvatn fram undan Gráhrauni, neðsta hluta Hallmundarhrauns, og myndar ótal litla fossa sem falla í Hvítá á um 900 metra kafla. Hraunfossar voru friðlýstir árið 1987 og einnig Barnafoss sem er í næsta nágrenni. Gönguleiðir liggja frá bílastæðinu að útsýnispöllum við Hraunfossa og Barnafoss.

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Among the most beautiful natural gems in Borgarfjörður are the waterfalls Hraunfossar. Spring water emerges from the lava bed of Gráhraun lava field, forming countless little waterfalls falling into the river Hvítá over a 900 meters long area. Hraunfossar have been preserved since 1987, along with the nearby waterfall Barnafoss. Trails from the car park (Route 518) lead to viewing platforms.

KLEPPJÁRNSREYKIR SWIMMING POOL

VARMALAND SWIMMING POOL

Kleppjárnsreykir Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 435 1140

Stafholtstungur Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 437 1401

kleppjarnsreykja.laug@borgarbyggd.is

varmalands.laug@borgarbyggd.is

Opið / Open: 1. júní / June - 18. ágúst / August Mon.-Sun. / mán.-sun. 9:00-18:00 A pleasant swimming pool, in close proximity to one of the most powerful hot springs in Europe, Deildartunguhver. An outside pool, hot tub and a gym.

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Opið / Open: 1. jún. / Jun. - 18. ágúst / Aug. Mon.-Sun. / mán.-sun. 9.00-18.00

Outdoor swimming pool with hot tubs. Beautiful hiking trails in the area.


Borgarfjörður

Hraunfossar Restaurant-Cafe

Veitingahús með meiru við Hraunfossa í Borgarfirði. Bjóðum upp á ljúffenga rétti, heita og kalda drykki, kaffi, kökur og fleira góðgæti. Minjagripir, „lókal“ listaverk og upplýsingar til ferðamanna. Frábær staður til að setjast niður á og njóta veitinga í heillandi umhverfi. Veiðileyfasala fyrir Arnarvatnsheiði. Opið allt árið. A new restaurant at Hraunfossar Waterafalls in Borgarfjörður. We offer delicious dishes, hot and cold drinks, coffee, cakes and varieties of treats. Souvenirs, local handicraft and art and information centre for tourists. The ideal place to relax in and enjoy food in charming surroundings. Fishing licences on sale for Arnarvatnsheiði heath. Open all year round. Sími: 435-1155 • www.hraunfossar.is • netfang: hraunfossar@hraunfossar.is •

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Arnarvatnsheiði Arnarvatnsheiði is A vast heathland between Borgarfjörður and Húnavatnssýsla. The heath is home to numerous lakes, large and small. Fish is plentiful in most of Arnarvatnsheiði’s lakes, where fishing has been carried out for centuries. The heath’s birdlife is rich, as it is the habitat of the Great northern loon and the Whooper swan, along with various species of waders, ducks and geese. In centuries past, the heath was often home to outlaws and convicts, as reported in Grettir’s Saga, one of the more renowned Sagas. Veiðifélag Arnarvatnsheiðar (Arnarvatnsheiði Fishing Association) supervises many lakes on the southern part of the heath, along with rivers, and brooks/creeks connecting the lakes. Veiðifélag Arnarvatnsheiðar sells fishing licences in its lakes and rivers. It also rents out three fishing lodges and two mountain cabins. Arnarvatnsheiði er heiðarland milli Borgarfjarðar og Húnavatnssýslu. Á heiðinni eru fjölmörg vötn, stór og smá, oft sögð óteljandi. Í þeim flestum er mikil fiskisæld og þar hefur verið stunduð veiði lengur en elstu menn muna.

Fjölbreytt fuglalíf er á heiðinni sem er kjörlendi himbrima, anda, gæsa og álfta auk fjölmargra tegunda mó- og vaðfugla. Á öldum áður héldu útilegumenn oft til á Arnarvatnsheiði, eins og getið er í Grettissögu. Fjölmörg vötn á sunnanverðri Arnavatnsheiði heyra undir Veiðifélag Arnarvatnsheiðar en þeim til viðbótar nær svæði félagsins einnig til allra fiskgengra áa og lækja sem í vötnin falla eða tengja þau saman. Félagið selur veiðileyfi í vötn og ár og leigir út þrjú veiðihús auk tveggja gangnamannaskála.

ARNARVATNSHEIÐI - stangveiðiparadís á hálendinu

Tilvalinn st v fallegu kálar, umhverfi. Til leigu eru þrjú veiðihús og tv annar fyrir u.þ.b. 30 manns og hinn fyrir 17. Við skálana er aðstaða fyrir hross. Allar upplýsingar um veiðileyfi á heimasíðunni www.arnarvatnsheidi.is í síma 8925052 eða

Opið / Open 15. júní / June - sept. / Sept.

ARNARVATNSHEIÐI (heath) - anglers’ paradise on the Highlands of Iceland The peace cape makes a great place to catch trout. For rent: three fishing lodges and two cabins, one for ca. 30 people and one for 17. The cabins include horse f

WWW.ARNARVATNSHEIDI.IS

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Fishing licences sold at veidi@arnarvatnsheidi.is or at Hraunfossar Restaurant-Caf www.hraunfossar.is ATH! Aðeins er fært á jeppum um heiðina ATT! The heath is only accessible by SUV


MOUNTAINEERS OF ICELAND

INTO THE GLACIER

DAILY DEPARTURES FROM HOTEL HUSAFELL

Húsafell 311 Borgarbyggð TEL: +354 578 2550 info@intotheglacier.is www.intotheglacier.is

+354 580 9900 ice@mountaineers.is www.mountaineers.is

Into the Glacier offers various tours to Iceland’s most significant new attraction, the man-made ice cave. The Ice tunnel and caves are located high on Iceland´s second largest glacier, Langjökull. You will get an amazing opportunity to explore the glacier and see it from the inside. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you will be taken to the hidden beautiful ice. Daily departures from Reykjavík and Húsafell.

Signýjarstaðir sumarhús / Cottage

Open all year round

Tel: 435 1218 / 893 0218 - signyjarstadir@simnet.is

Hótel Á is an old farm refurbished as a restaurant and guesthouse, located between Reykholt and Húsafell. Our guests eat in a cow-shed and sleep in a barn. All 15 rooms have private facilities and free internet access. We serve a set menu for dinner, in the restaurant with a wonderful panoramic view over the river Hvítá. We like it quiet and easy going.

Borgarfjörður

Kirkjuból Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 435 1430/ +354 691 5120 hotela@hotela.is www.hotela.is

Sumarhús til leigu. / Cottage with cooking facilities and hot tub. Glacier trips on Langjökull nearby, as well as lava caves. Waterfalls, Húsafell, Reykholt and hot spring Deildartunguhver. Golf courses nearby.

HÓTEL Á

Hestaleigan Áshestar býður upp á 1 - 1 ½ klst. langa reiðtúra með leiðsögn í fallegri náttúru. Áshestar horse rental offer a 1 - 1½ hour riding tour with guidance in a beautiful nature.

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Borgarfjörður HRAUNFOSSAR RESTAURANT - CAFÉ

THE CAVE

at Hraunfossar Waterfalls Hraunsás 4 TEL: +354 862 7957 / +354 435 1155 hraunfossar@hraunfossar.is www.hraunfossar.is

Fljótstunga Reykholt TEL: +354 783 3600 info@thecave.is www.thecave.is

A new restaurant and café at Hraunfossar Waterfalls. We bid you welcome and offer a buffet with a good choice of courses. Enjoy our coffee, cakes and sandwiches, hot and cold drinks as well as ice-cream. We also sell souvenirs and local art. Fishing licences for fishing at Arnarvatsheiði are available here.

A visit to this amazing underworld makes for an experience not to be forgotten. Come and discover the beauty that lurks in Iceland’s largest lava cave.

ÁSHESTAR Horse Rental Brúarás Geo Center is an information center & restaurant only 2 km from the amazing Hraunfossar Waterfalls. An ideal stop for delicious refreshments, home made cakes and locally sourced food.

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Brúarás (close to Hraunfossar) Borgarfjörður Tel: 435 1270 bruaras@geocenter.is www.geocenter.is

Stóri - Ás 311 Borgarbyggð (+354) 847 7051 ashestar.is

Áshestar

ashestar_horse_rental


Icelandic Goat Centre

Víðgelmir Lava Cave A guided tour to the lava cave Víðgelmir (Route 523) is among the most recent activities found in Borgarfjörður. The tour is operated by The Cave, a family owned business based at the nearby farm of Fljótstunga. Víðgelmir is known as the mightiest of Iceland’s caves. Just shy of 1600 meters/5250ft, the cave features amazing colours and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. This makes for an experience not to be forgotten. The Cave, led by the adventure guide Hörður Míó, offers a family tour for all generations to enjoy. See more on www.thecave.is.

Jun. - Aug. / Jún. – Ágú. 13.00 - 18.00 Háafell (Route 523) - Tel. 435 1448 & 845 2331 E-mail: haafell@gmail.com - www.geitur.is

GILJAR - HORSES & HANDCRAFT Giljar 320 Reykholt TEL: 691 8711/435 1118 josefinaeinar@gmail.com Small family-run horserental. Possible to view & purchase handcraft produced on the farm. Lítil og fjölskyldurekin hestaleiga. Hægt að skoða og kaupa handverk sem framleitt er á staðnum.

Borgarfjörður

ein athyglisverðasta nýjungin í ferðaþjónustu í Borgarfirði eru skoðunarferðir í hinn tignarlega hraunhelli Víðgelmi sem hvílir í Hallmundarhrauni í Hvítársíðu. Hellirinn er einn sá frægasti í landinu. Hann er um 1.600 metrar á lengd og einkennist af stórum hvelfingum og fallegum dropasteinum sem fanga augað. Skoðunarferðir eru í höndum fjölskyldufyrirtækisins The Cave sem stýrt er af staðarhaldaranum Herði Míó. Boðið er upp á fjölskylduferðir fyrir alla aldurshópa um hellinn sem gerður hefur verið vel aðgengilegur. Sjá nánar á www.thecave.is.

The home of the friendly Icelandic goat / Heimili hinnar vinalegu íslensku geitar Open farm and rose garden /

Open by arrangement / Opnunartími eftir samkomulagi

ICELAND’S MIGHTIEST CAVE VÍÐGELMIR

www.thecave.is

info@thecave.is

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Húsafell Húsafell is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland and has been for decades. In the area, visitors will find a geothermal swimming pool and hot tubs, camping site, golf course, a Bistro restaurant, a mini market, a gas station, a hotel and many other facilities. Surrounded by a natural birch forest, Húsafell is set in a picturesque lava and glacial landscape, a place well known for its history and warm weather. Visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities and hiking trails, often accommodated by eerie figures sculpted by Húsafell´s own world-renowned artist, Páll Guðmundsson. In Guðmundsson’s open workshop is a stone harp, a marimba made of shards of rock, used by SigurRós. Hotel Húsafell is an exclusive 4 star hotel. The hotel features a fine dining restaurant serving a Nordic menu, influenced by international gourmet cuisine. While dining, guests can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding lava, glaciers, nearby mountains and ravines.

Húsafell er einn fjölsóttasti ferðamannastaður landsins og þar hefur verið rekin ferðaþjónusta áratugum saman. Á Húsafelli er tjaldsvæði, sundlaug, golfvöllur, Bistró-veitingastaður, lítil verslun, bensínstöð, hótel og ýmis önnur þjónusta við ferðafólk. Náttúra Húsafells er einstök. Fallegur birkiskógur liggur milli hrauns og jökla með tilkomumikinn fjallahring í bakgrunni. Veðursæld er mikil í Húsafelli og margar fallegar gönguleiðir er að finna á svæðinu. Í steinum við Gamla bæinn og í gilinu þar fyrir ofan er að finna höggmyndir eftir listamanninn Pál Guðmundsson. Í vinnustofu Páls er steinharpan sem SigurRós hefur notað. Hótel Húsafell er fjögurra stjörnu hótel þar sem áhersla er lögð á náttúru, sögu, afþreyingu og listir. Þar er fyrsta flokks veitingastaður með útsýni yfir fjallahringinn á Húsafelli, hraunið, gilin og jöklana í nágrenninu.

HÓTEL HÚSAFELL

HÚSAFELL GEOTHERMAL BATHS & GOLF COURSE

Húsafell Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 435 1551 booking@hotelhusafell.is www.hotelhusafell.com

Húsafell Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 435 1552 booking@hotelhusafell.is www.hotelhusafell.com


Glaciers in Borgarfjörður Jöklar í Borgarfirði Langjökull is the second largest glacier in Iceland and covers area of 953 square kilometers. Snowmobile tours to the glacier and snow vehicles are available in addition to popular trips inside it. The view from the summit is beyond compare. In the neighborhood of Langjökull rises the shapely glacier Eiríksjökull, the highest peak in West Iceland. The name is derived from the outlaw Eiríkur from Hellismannasögur. Eiríkur is believed to have somersaulted his way from the cave Surtshellir to Eiríksjökull, when escaping from farmers who had attacked him and his band of robbers.

Húsafell Borgarfjörður TEL: + 354 895 1342 sveitasetrid@simnet.is Open all year. The Old Farmhouse has three storeys. On the ground floor is a kitchen, dining room and a living room. On the second floor are three double rooms with private facilities. On the third floor are two double rooms and one bathroom. There is a hot tub on the veranda.

Langjökull er næststærsti jökull landsins, 953 km² að flatarmáli. Boðið er upp á snjóbíla- og vélsleðaferðir upp á jökulinn, en einnig ferðir undir yfirborðið. Útsýnið af toppnum er óviðjafnanlegt og má þar sjá yfir nánast allt Vesturland. Í nágrenni Langjökuls er hinn formfagri Eiríksjökull, hæsti tindur Vesturlands, 1.675 metra hár. Jökullinn dregur nafn sitt af útilegumanninum Eiríki sem segir frá í Hellismannasögu, en sá átti að hafa farið á handahlaupum á flótta frá Surtshelli að Eiríksjökli þegar bændur réðust að ræningjaflokki hans. Ok var einn minnsti jökull Íslands en telst varla til jökla lengur. Íshetta Oks hefur dregist svo mikið saman á undanförnum árum að hún er nánast horfin. Á Oki er Blávatn, hæsta stöðuvatn landsins, 1114 m yfir sjávarmáli.

Borgarfjörður

GUESTHOUSE GAMLI BÆR

Ok, which was one of the smallest glaciers in Iceland, is in Borgarfjörður, south of Húsafell (Route 518). Ok is hardly considered a glacier anymore, as it’s ice cap has diminished with each passing year so it has just about disappeared. On Ok is Blávatn lake, highest lake in Iceland, at 1,114 m above sea level.

Icelandic Goat Centre The home of the friendly Icelandic goat / Heimili hinnar vinalegu íslensku geitar Open farm and rose garden / Opið býli og rósagarður Local food store / Beint frá býli verslun

HÚSAFELL CAMPING SITE Húsafell Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 435 1556 camping@husafell.is www.husafell.is

Open/Open from 1 June - 31 August / 1. júní- 31. ágúst. st

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Opið / Open: Jun. - Aug. / Jún. – Ágú. 13.00 - 18.00 Also open by request / Einnig opið skv. samkomulagi Háafell (Route 523) - Tel. 435 1448 & 845 2331 E-mail: haafell@gmail.com - www.geitur.is

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Glanni and Paradísarlaut The waterfall Glanni in Norðurá river lies directly south of Bifröst. A path from the car park and service centre leads to a viewing platform featuring the waterfall. Shoals of Salmon can be seen resting in the water, before they charge up the waterfall. A short walk from Glanni will lead you to a small hollow called Paradísarlaut, a true paradise on earth, hence the name Paradise Hollow. Paradísarlaut is a small lava cup where a gentle brook runs through a beautiful gorge into a small pond, a magical oasis.

HRAUNSNEF SVEITAHÓTEL

LÆKJARKOT ROOMS AND COTTAGES WITH KITCHEN

Hraunsnef Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 435 0111 hraunsnef@hraunsnef.is www.hraunsnef.is

Lækjarkot 311 Borgarnes Order at: info@laekjarkot.is Or Book on www.laekjarkot.is online booking (best price)

Open all year. Opið / Opening Hours: 12:00-21:00 alla daga/daily CREDIT CARD

HALLKELSSTAÐAHLÍÐ HORSE RENTAL Hallkelsstaðahlíð Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 862 8422 / +354 770 2025

sigrun@hallkelsstadahlid.is mummi@hallkelsstadahlid.is www.hallkelsstadahlid.is Open: 1st June - 31st December We offer 1-4 hour horse riding trips in beautiful surroundings for small groups. Riding lessons are also offered to individuals and groups. At Hallkelsstaðahlíð we breed, tame and sell horses. Guests have the opportunity to learn about Icelandic horses under supervision. Booking necessary by phone or through email. Fishing licences for the Hlíðarvatn lake are for sale and there is also a camping site.

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Beint suður af Bifröst er fossinn Glanni í Norðurá. Gönguleið er frá bílastæði og þjónustuhúsi að útsýnispalli þar sem sést vel yfir fossinn. Laxagengd er í Glanna og oft má sjá laxatorfur í hyljunum þar sem fiskurinn dvelur áður en hann leggur í fossinn. Frá Glanna er stutt gönguleið að hinni friðsælu og fallegu Paradísarlaut. Paradísarlaut er hraunbolli þar sem lækur rennur um fallegt gljúfur og niður í litla tjörn. Nafnið Paradís á afar vel við þessa fögru vin í hrauninu.

Lækjarkot offers cottages with two compact bedrooms, a dining room with a kitchen, shower and WC. The cottages can accommodate up to 4 adults. Lækjarkot also offers twin rooms with a private entrance. Includes a kitchenette, private shower and WC. Furthermore we offer a family suite for up to 4 people. All our guests have access to free WiFi.

BAULAN Borgarfjörður tel: +354 435 1440 baulan@baulan.is www.baulan.is

BAULAN

A restaurant offering hamburgers, pizzas, lambchops, hot dogs, hot and cold sandwiches, coffee, tea, beer and wine. There is a protected play area for children. Fuel station and car washing facilities available. During summer open Mon.-Sat. from 9-22 and Sun from 10-22. During winter open Mon.-Fri. from 9-21, Sat. from 9-20 and Sun. from 10-21.


Bifröst Bifröst is a lively university campus located at the Ring Road. All essential services are found at Bifröst, such as a café, mini-market and a gym along with a year-round open hotel. The atmosphere is very family-oriented with a kindergarten playground. The surrounding area is filled with varied hiking routes, and is both unique and spectacular with shrubbery covered lava fields all around; an area that becomes especially magical when dressed in autumn colors.

Bifröst í Norðurárdal er háskólaþorp sem iðar af lífi allan ársins hring. Þar er að finna alla nauðsynlega þjónustu í fjölskylduvænu umhverfi, kaffihús, litla matvöruverslun, líkamsrækt og leikskóla ásamt leiktækjum. Umhverfið er einstakt og fallegt með kjarri vöxnu hrauni allt um kring. Bifröst nýtur sín sérstaklega vel í haustlitunum. Margar skemmtilegar gönguleiðir eru í nágrenni Bifrastar og er þar rekið hótel allan ársins hring.

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HÓTEL BIFRÖST Bifröst Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 433 3050 / +354 433 3030 info@hotelbifrost.is www.hotelbifrost.is Hótel Bifröst contains 51 well-equipped, spacious guest rooms, all with superb views of the mountains and the lava fields. Guests can take a brisk walk on the exciting lava tracks to the top of Grábrók crater or towards Glanni waterfall.

Located on an Icelandic horse farm about 14 km from Borgarnes, Hestaland offers short, half-day and full-day horseback rides through the stunning landscape of Borgarfjördur. There is also a guesthouse where guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi and relax in a hot tub with views over the Snæfellsness Peninsula. Hestaland serves as a great home base from which to explore the surrounding area, with local natural attractions including the Deildartunguhver hot spring, Hraunfossar waterfalls, and Langjökull glacier, among many others.

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Sundlaugar í Borgarfirði

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a number of swimming pools are in borgarfjörður and each has its own charm. Borgarnes Swimming Pool is the largest one. The pool is a popular stopover for travelers throughout the year. It has a 25 m outdoor pool, three water slides, hot tubs, wading pool, 12.5 m indoor pool, sauna with steam directly from Deildartunguhver and a sunbathing area. An access to a gym is also available for purchase. Hreppslaug Swimming Pool is the oldest swimming pool in Borgarfjörður, built in 1928 and protected by law. The natural pool has three hot tubs and has warmed folks in the community and visitors alike for 90 years. The pool’s small service house was once the home of the districts library and a small spinning mill. The pool’s distinction is its natural environment and the hot water that flows from sources close to the pool. Varmaland Swimming Pool is in a beautiful setting in a small village located in the middle of a geothermal area. The pool has spacious and bright changing rooms and shower facilities, a 25 m outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness room and a sunbathing area. A camping site and a playground are nearby. The beautiful surroundings offer enjoyable outdoor activities and walks. Kleppjárnsreykir Swimming Pool is a cozy swimming pool in a small rural village. The pool has a 25 m outdoor pool with hot tubs, sauna and a fitness room. Nearby attractions include a horse rental and a 9-hole golf course. Organically grown vegetables from the area are available for purchase nearby and the surroundings offer varied hiking possibilities. The pool is located in friendly and quiet surroundings and is an ideal place to enjoy. Húsafell Swimming Pool is one of the most beautiful swimming pools in Iceland, and benefits from its situation in the middle of the natural beauty of Húsafell. The pool has two outdoor pools, hot tubs and water slides. The surrounding landscape is

unparalleled with sparse forests, lava and glaciers. Known for its mild weather, Húsafell attracts a large number of tourists every year. nokkrar sundlaugar eru í borgarfirði og hver hefur sinn sjarma. Sundlaugin í Borgarnesi er þeirra stærst. Laugin er vinsæll viðkomustaður ferðalanga allt árið. Þar er 25 m útisundlaug, þrjár vatnsrennibrautir, heitir pottar, vaðlaug, 12,5 m innilaug, eimbað beint úr Deildartunguhver og góð sólbaðsaðstaða. Líkamsræktarsalur er einnig í miðstöðinni sem hægt er að kaupa aðgang að. Hreppslaug er elsta sundlaugin í Borgarfirði, byggð árið 1928 og er friðlýst. Laugin hefur yljað sveitungum og gestum í 90 ár og á sínum tíma var þar m.a. bókasafn sveitarinnar og einnig lítil spunaverksmiðja. Sérstaða laugarinnar er hið náttúrulega umhverfi og sírennandi heitt vatnið sem kemur úr uppsprettum rétt ofan við laugina. Sundlaugin á Varmalandi er í fallegu umhverfi í litlu þorpi sem staðsett er í miðju jarðhitasvæði. Í sundlauginni eru rúmgóðir og bjartir búningsklefar og sturtuaðstaða, 25 m útilaug, heitur pottur, gufubað, líkamsræktarsalur og sólbaðsaðstaða. Við laugina er tjaldsvæði með leiktækjum og fallegt umhverfið býður upp á skemmtilega útivist og göngutúra. Sundlaugin á Kleppjárnsreykjum er notaleg sundlaug í litlu sveitaþorpi. Þar er 25 m útisundlaug með heitum pottum, gufubaði og líkamsræktarsal. Í nágrenninu er hestaleiga og 9 holu golfvöllur. Hægt er að kaupa lífrænt ræktað grænmeti af svæðinu og þar eru fjölbreyttar gönguleiðir. Laugin er í vingjarnlegu umhverfi og tilvalinn staður til að njóta í rólegheitum. Sundlaugin í Húsafelli er ein fallegasta sundlaug landsins og nýtur þess einnig að vera í miðri þeirrar náttúruperlu sem Húsafell er. Þar eru tvær útilaugar, heitir pottar og vatnsrennibraut. Landslagið í kring er óviðjafnanlegt með gróskumiklum skógi, hrauni og jöklum. Þar er veðursæld mikil enda laðar Húsafell til sín fjölda ferðamanna á hverju ári.


Baula

Baula er eitt þeirra fjalla sem hefur ásýnd pýramída í fjallahringnum í Borgarfirði. Það er líparítfjall og um 3 milljóna ára gamalt. Hæð þess er 934 metrar. Best er að ganga á fjallið frá Bjarnardal. Leiðin á toppinn er hins vegar brött og grýtt og einungis fær fólki í góðu líkamlegu ásigkomulagi. Góð verðlaun bíða hins vegar fjallgöngufólks á toppnum: frábært útsýni yfir Vesturland.

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Baula is one of the scenic pyramid mountains that surround Borgarfjörður. It’s an almost 3 million years old rhyolite mountain and measures 934 meters in height. It is possible to hike to its top from Bjarnadalur (Route 60), but only for people in good shape, since its slopes are rather steep and challenging. But a big reward awaits those who reach the top: a spectacular view over West Iceland.

LAMBALÆKUR GUESTHOUSE

Handverk og birki tré 310 Borgarnesi Heimasími: 437-1664 Farsími: 849-4836 Netfang: ritapall@simnet.is

Snæfellsnesvegur 5 km west from Borgarnes TEL: 437 1826 / 865 3899 enskuhusin@enskuhusin.is www.enskuhusin.is Lambalækur

GUESTHOUSE GISTIHEIMILI

MEYJARSKEMMAN LITLA BREKKA

ENSKU HÚSIN - GUESTHOUSE GUESTHOUSE

Litla Brekka Borgarfjörður TEL: +354 862 8946 / +354 437 1725 litlabrekka@simnet.is

By the river Langá 5 km west from Borgarnes TEL: 437 1826 / 8653899 3899 1826/865 enskuhusin@enskuhusin.is www.enskuhusin.is ensku husin

Meyjarskemman Litla Brekka offers accommodation in 1 double and 1 twin rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Free WiFi. Located close to main attractions of West Iceland, the Golden Circle, Reykjavík, The National Park in Snæfellsnes and Keflavík airport. Excellent choice for couples travelling together.

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Borgarfjörður

1 Borgarnes is the service and commercial centre of Borgarfjörður. Borgarnes is on the crossroads of the Ring Road and Route 54, which leads to Snæfellsnes. It is located on the peninsula Digranes which, according to the Sagas, was first settled by the viking Skalla-Grímur in the 9th century. Borgarnes was established as a trading centre in 1867 and celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. It grew rapidly and by the middle of the 20th century it had established

itself as a town. Its current population is about 1.950 inhabitants. Borgarnes is known for its peculiar landscape, which is marked by high and low bluffs all around the town. The lower section of the town, or “the lower-town”, is a popular destination, with walking trails along the coastline, the famous Skallagrímsgarður garden, playgrounds, a good swimming pool, restaurants, museums and last but not least, the majestic Borgarnes church.

B59 HOTEL & B59 HOSTEL

BORGARNES HI HOSTEL

Borgarbraut 59 310 Borgarnes TEL: +354 419 5959 info@b59hotel.is www.b59hotel.is hotel b59

Borgarbraut 9-13 Borgarnes TEL: +354 695 3366 info@staywest.is www.staywest.is

B59 hotel is a brand new 4 star hotel located in beautiful Borgarfjörður. Choose between a standard room, superior or suite. Within the hotel walls you can join us for dinner in Snorri’s Kitchen, or a drink in Snorri’s Bar. CREDIT CARD

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Borgarfjörður

Borgarnes er þjónustukjarni Borgarfjarðar, á krossgötum hringvegarins og Snæfellsnesvegar. Nesið sem bærinn stendur á nefndist Digranes að fornu en samkvæmt Íslendingasögunum nam víkingurinn Skalla-Grímur land á nesinu. Borgarnes varð löggiltur verslunarstaður árið 1867 sem leiddi til bæjarmyndunar eftir aldamótin 1900. Borgarnes er frægt fyrir sérstakt landslag en helsta einkenni bæjarins eru háar og lágar klettaborgir sem sjá

HÓTEL BORGARNES

má um allt nesið. Neðri hluti bæjarins, eða „neðri bærinn“, eins og hann er stundum kallaður, er vinsæll áfangastaður. Þar er að finna gönguleiðir meðfram ströndinni, hinn fræga Skallagrímsgarð, leikvelli, góða sundlaug, veitingastaði, söfn og síðast en ekki síst hina tignarlegu Borgarneskirkju. Íbúar Borgarness eru um 1.950 talsins.

ICELANDAIR HÓTEL HAMAR

Egilsgata 16 Borgarnes TEL: +354 437 1119 info@hotelborgarnes.is www.hotelborgarnes.is Hamar, 310 Borgarnes TEL: 433-6600 Hótel Borgarnes is a 3-star hotel located in the heart of Borgarnes.

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The Borgarnes Transportation Museum Samgöngusafn Fornbílafélags Borgarfjarðar The borgarfjörður vintage vehicle society transportation museum is one of borgarnes’ gems. Founded in 2011 by local enthusiasts, this museum has collected excellent examples of beautiful vehicles. Among them are 1930 Ford Coupé, 1936 Mercedes Bens and 1956 Ford Fairlaine; 1953 Farmal Cub and 1948 Allis Chalmers tractors and a 1947, 28 seat Ford bus. The museum is a must see for those who share an interest in vintage and classic cars.

Samgöngusafn fornbílafélags borgarfjarðar er einn af áhugaverðari viðkomustöðum í borgarnesi. Félagið var stofnað af miklum myndarskap árið 2011 og hefur síðan vaxið og dafnað og safngripum fjölgað. Meðal þeirra eru bifreiðarnar Ford Coupé árgerð 1930, Mercedes Bens 1936 og Ford Fairlaine 1956; dráttarvélarnar Farmal Cub árgerð 1953 og Allis Chalmers 1948 og 28 manna rúta af gerðinni Ford árgerð 1947. Safnið er ómissandi viðkomustaður áhugafólks um bíla.

GEIRA BAKERY (GEIRABAKARÍ) Digranesgata 6 Borgarnes TEL: +354 437 1920 geirabak@internet.is

Geirabakarí is a bakery located in Borgarnes, only an hour‘s drive from Reykjavík. The bakery offers a variety of cakes and pastries as well as club sandwiches, hot sandwiches and soup of the day. It also offers good quality coffee and tea or hot chocolate. If you are not very hungry but longing for a treat then Geirabakarí is the place to go with its comfortable surroundings and an amazing view.

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Allt fyrir ferðalagið og sumarbústaðinn Everything for the outdoor life

www.kb.is

Egilsholti 1, 310 Borgarnes Tel. 430 5500


Borgarfjörður

Golf in Borgarfjörður Golf í Borgarfirði Borgarfjörður is a popular destination for golfers. Four golf courses are in the district. Hamarsvöllur golf course in Borgarnes is currently the only 18 hole course in the area, serving today as an IGA competition course. A few kilometers to the north, next to Bifröst, is Glannavöllur golf course. It is a 9 hole course that draws its name from the nearby Glanni waterfall. A daring but popular 9 hole golf course is located in the beautiful area of Húsafell. In essence, it is a lake golf course, offering a great challenge. Last but not least is Nesvöllur golf course at Nes, near Reykholt. It is also a 9 hole golf course which spreads through the old hayfields at Nes.

LJÓMALIND FARMERS MARKET

BORGARNES TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM

Brúartorg 4 Borgarnes TEL: +354 437 1400 ljomalind@ljomalind.is www.ljomalind.is

Brákarey Borgarnes TEL: 862 6223 fornbilafjelag

Ljómalind Farmers Market is a fair trade, regional and seasonal co-op. Its aim is to offer a great variety of high quality arts and crafts, it also offers delicacies most of which are straight from the farm. All products are made in West Iceland. Summer opening hours daily from 10-18 and winter opening hours daily from 12-17.

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Í Borgarfirði eru fjórir golfvellir sem allir NjÓTA vinsælda. Hamarsvöllur í Borgarnesi er eini 18 holu golfvöllur héraðsins og er í dag keppnisvöllur GSÍ. Skammt frá Bifröst er Glannavöllur, 9 holu völlur sem dregur nafn sitt af fossinum Glanna. Í Húsafelli er svo 9 holu krefjandi völlur í fallegu umhverfi. Húsafellsvöllur er í grunninn vatnavöllur og reynir því töluvert á þá sem þar leika. Að lokum má nefna Nesvöll í Reykholtsdal sem einnig er 9 holu golfvöllur. Hann liggur um gömlu túnin í Nesi og er sannkallaður sveitavöllur.

Beautiful vintage cars, Open / opið: models, photographs, Jun.-Aug / júní-ágúst: stories and more. Every day / Alla daga 13.00 - 17.00 Fornbílar, módel, ljós- 1st Sep. - 31st May / 1. sept. - 31. maí: myndir, sögur og fleira. Sat. / lau 13.00 - 17.00


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Bjössaróló The lower town in Borgarnes holds a few secrets. Among them is “Bjössaróló”, a playground beautifully located between small hillocks. The playground is named after the honorable carpenter Björn Guðmundsson who began building the playgro-

Ein af perlum Borgarness er Bjössaróló sem finna má í neðri bænum. Róluvöllurinn er kenndur við smiðinn og sómamanninn Björn Guðmundsson sem hóf að byggja völlinn á efri árum, spölkorn frá húsi sínu. Tilefnið var „Ár barnsins“ sem Menningarmálastofnun Sameinuðu þjóðanna stóð fyrir árið 1979. Á Bjössaróló eru rólur, rennibrautir, rugguhestar og sandkassi, auk fleiri skemmtilegra leiktækja. Hægt er að ganga að Bjössaróló frá Englendingavík og frá Íþróttamiðstöðinni.

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und in honor of Unesco’s Inernational Year of the Child in 1979. Guðmundsson, which house was just next door, kept improving the playground during his retirement years. Bjössaróló contains swings, slides, rocking horses and a sand box, along with other playground amusements. There are two entrances to Bjössaróló; one from Englendingavík and the other from Borgarnes Swimming pool.

BORGARNES SPORTS CENTRE

ENGLENDINGAVÍK

Þorsteinsgata 1 Borgarnes TEL: +354 433 7140 sundlaug@borgarbyggd.is

Skúlagata 17 Borgarnes TEL: +354 555 1400 info@englendingavik.is www.englendingavik.is Englendingavik

The Sports Centre contains both an outside and an inside swimming pool, hot tubs, a steam bath which is fed with steam straight from the Deildartunga hot spring, a children’s pool and water slides. All in all, an excellent health spa. Open Mondays to Fridays from 6-22, Saturdays and Sundays from 9-18.

Restaurant is open all year Guesthouse is open all year We put our emphasis on að relaxed and cosy atmosphere to go with the spirit of the old buildings by the Bay. As for food we focus on fish and locally sourced materials. It is a real treat to sit on the terrace in the sun enjoying the panfish buffet, fresh salad and good wine. Opening hours daily from 11:30 to 21:00 (or longer).

BLÓMASETRIÐ GUESTHOUSE

BORGARNES MUSEUM

Skúlagata 13 Borgarnes TEL: +354 437 1878 blomasetrid@blomasetrid.is

Bjarnarbraut 4-6 Borgarnes TEL: +354 433 7200 safnahus@safnahus.is www.safnahus.is

We offer both accommodation in the warmth and quiet of our home where you share the kitchen, living room and bathroom. At site we also have beautiful one bedroom apartments where you can enjoy your privacy and peacefulness. Free WiFi. Please join us at our café / bar which is on the ground floor where you also find a quirky giftshop. Walking distance from museums and restaurants.

Among other things in the museum, there are two great exhibitions. One is Children Throughout a Century, which is a narrative of Iceland´s history in the 20th century; photographs play a major role. The other exhibition is called Oh to be a bird! and shows the birds of Iceland in very special surroundings, a sight to see. During wintertime the museum is accessible through the library.


Skallagrímsgarður

The serene Skallagrímsgarður garden in Borgarnes is a recreation area cultivated by the locals. The park has a special place in the hearts of inhabitants who use it for annual celebrations, most notably on June 17th, Iceland’s Independence Day, but also during the town festivals Brákarhátíð and Sauðamessa (Mass of Sheep). The park contains important artworks related to the history of the region, along with a famous grave mound deemed to be the burial place of the viking Skalla-Grímur, the settler of the area. The garden holds various paths, small patches of grass, a fountain, outdoor grills and benches. Skallagrímsgarður is the perfect place for peaceful stroll and a picnic.

BJARG BORGARNESI

EGILS GUESTHOUSE

Bjarg Borgarnes TEL: 437 1925 / 864 1325 bjarg@simnet.is bjarg borgarnesi

Brákarbraut 11 Borgarnes TEL: +354 860 6655 info@egilsguesthouse.is www.egilsguesthouse.is

Small and cosy family-run guesthouse in a renovated old farmhouse on the outskirts of Borgarnes town. Studio apartment, rooms with shared facilities and a cottage. CREDIT CARD

Egils Guesthouse is located in the old part of Borgarnes. We offer 5 rooms, some with private bathrooms and one apartment, which can accommodate up to 6 guests. Kaffi Brák is located at Brákarbraut 11 and it is open each day from 9-16 from 1st June- 31st August.

THE SETTLEMENT CENTER

WEST ICELAND INFORMATION OFFICE

Brákarbraut 13-15 Borgarnes TEL: +354 437 1600 landnam@landnam.is www.settlementcenter.is

Hyrnutorg Borgarbraut 58-60 Borgarnes TEL: +354 437 2214 info@westiceland.is www.west.is

Open all year, daily from 10-21 With two exhibitions - about the settlement in Iceland and Egils saga - along with a bright and airy restaurant the Settlement center is the ideal stop in Borgarnes. It is locatated in the oldest buildings in Borgarnes. You go through the exhibits with an audio guide available in 15 languages. “Great place and super friendly staff” (Trip Advisor)

Borgarfjörður

Skallagrímsgarður í Borgarnesi er fallegur lystigarður sem heimamenn hafa ræktað upp í áranna rás. Garðurinn skipar sérstakan sess í hjörtum Borgnesinga og þjónar sem samkomustaður á hátíðum á hverju sumri, til dæmis á 17. júní, á Brákarhátíð og Sauðamessu. Merk listaverk er að finna í garðinum sem tengjast sögu héraðsins auk sjálfs Skallagrímshaugs þar sem talið er að landnámsmaðurinn Skalla-Grímur hafi verið heygður. Í garðinum eru fjölbreyttir stígar, grasflatir, gosbrunnur, útigrill og bekkir. Skallagrímsgarður er tilvalinn áfangastaður.

The Tourist Information Centre is located in the Hyrnutorg Shopping Centre in Borgarnes and provides services for visitors to West Iceland. Free WiFi and a small shop with souvenirs, books, maps and postcards. From 1st June - 31st August open weekdays from 10-18, Saturdays from 10-16 and Sundays from 10-14. From 1st September - 31st May open weekdays from 10-18.

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Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes is the name of the long peninsula in the northwestern part of West Iceland. Snæfellsnes is a popular destination, especially for its geological uniqueness, with a glacier, lava fields, waterfalls, caves, mineral springs and craters along with a rugged coastline marked by cliffs and sandy beaches. The symbol of the area is the mysterious Snæfellsjökull glacier, which is located near the tip of the peninsula. Its mystique and majestic features have inspired many through the years, including the French writer Jules Verne and the Icelandic Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness. A National park was established around the glacier in 2001. Snæfellsnes is also known for its vivid wild-

UPPLÝSINGAMIÐSTÖÐ SNÆFELLSNESS

HÖMLUHOLT HORSE FARM

Félagsheimilið Breiðablik, Eyja og Miklaholtshreppi TEL: +354 435 6680 ragnhildur@snaefellsnes.is www.snaefellsnes.is

Eyja- og Miklaholtshreppur Snæfellsnes

Open all year from 9 - 15, 1st June from 9-17 Allt árið frá kl. 9 - 15, frá 1. júní kl. 9 - 17

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life. All around it and in the surrounding bays of Breiðafjörður and Faxaflói, there are prosperous fishing grounds to be found. Breiðafjörður has many islands of all sizes where birdlife is seemingly rich. Various species can be seen in the area, such as the white-tailed eagle, but also more common ones like puffins. Whales and seals are also a common sight in the area. The population of Snæfellsnes is almost 4.000. Majority of the people live in the fishing towns of Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur. Others live in the villages of Hellissandur and Rif, as well as on farms in the countryside, especially in the southern part of Snæfellsnes.

(Route 568, by-way from Route 54)

TEL: 435 6800 / 894 0648 gisligu@simnet.is www.homluholt.is


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Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes afmarkast af Hítará í suðri og Gljúfurá á Skógarströnd í austri. Nesið er einn vinsælasti áfangastaður landshlutans en þangað heldur fjöldi ferðamanna árlega til að skoða stórbrotna náttúru svæðisins. Úfið haf markar nesið í vestri þar sem Snæfellsjökul sjálfan ber við himinn. Mörgum þykir jökullinn sveipaður mikilli dulúð og hefur hann með tignarleik sínum snortið heimsfræga rithöfunda eins og Jules Verne og Halldór Laxness, sem nýttu hann sem sögusvið í verkum sínum. Snæfellsjökull og nágrenni hefur verið hluti af þjóðgarði frá 2001. Jarðfræði svæðisins þykir einstök og fjölbreytt. Finna má hraunbreiður, gíga, hella, uppsprettur og athyglisverð náttúruundur sem gleðja augað. Snæfellsnes er einnig þekkt fyrir fjölbreytt dýralíf. Góð fiskimið eru umhverfis nesið, á Faxaflóa og Breiðafirði. Sá síðarnefndi er þakinn fjölmörgum eyjum með fjölbreyttu fuglalífi. Fyrir vikið er hægt að sjá hinar ýmsu fuglategundir á svæðinu, til dæmis fágætar tegundir á borð við haförn en aðrar algengari, eins og lunda. Hvalir og selir eru einnig algeng sjón við skammt frá ströndu. Íbúar Snæfellsnes eru um 4.000. Flestir búa í sjávarplássunum Ólafsvík, Grundarfirði og Stykkishólmi. Hluti íbúa býr einnig í þorpunum Hellissandi og Rifi og á bæjum í dreifbýli, einkum á sunnanverðu Snæfellsnesi.

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Snæfellsnes

Þjóðgarðurinn Snæfellsjökull Snæfellsjökull National Park www.snaefellsjokull.is

GESTASTOFA AÐ MALARRIFI VISITOR CENTER AT MALARRIF Sími / tel: 436 6888 – 591 2000 Þjóðgarðurinn – Snæfellsjökull

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Snæfellsjökull Snæfellsjökull glacier is Snæfellsnes’ primary landmark. The glacier’s highest peak is 1.446 meters and is visible from afar, e.g. from Keflavík airport and Reykjavík. Locals believe the glacier to be supernatural. The myth has inspired many novelists and poets, including Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness and French novelist Jules Verne. Hiking Snæfellsjökull is a unique experience and its summit offers a spectacular view in all directions. Organized hiking and snowmobile trips onto Snæfellsjökull are available. It is important to only go on the glacier with an experienced guide   Snæfellsjökull er helsta kennileiti Snæfellsness og raunar alls Vesturlands. Hæsti tindur jökulsins er 1.446 metra hár og sést til hans víða, t.d. frá Keflavíkurflugvelli og höfuðborgarsvæðinu. Talið er að mikil orka streymi frá jöklinum og hefur hann orðið ýmsum skáldum og rithöfundum innblástur, svo sem nóbelsskáldinu Halldóri Laxness og franska rithöfundinum Jules Verne. Mikilfenglegt er að ganga á Snæfellsjökul, sem oft er nefndur konungur íslenskra fjalla, enda útsýnið af honum stórkostlegt til allra átta. Skipulagðar snjósleðaferðir á jökulinn eru farnar en mikilvægt er að fara á jökulinn með reyndum leiðsögumönnum.


Art Exhibition Snæfellsnes peninsula

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ÞITT ÖRYGGI – FOR YOUR SAFETY Til að auka þitt öryggi má á þessu korti sjá nokkra staði þar sem góð og örugg ferðahegðun skiptir meira máli. Kynntu þér kortið, aðstæður á staðnum og mundu að meta alltaf aðstæður. For your safety you can find on this map places where you need to take extra care. Be safe and check conditions when travelling. KIRKJUFELL MOUNTAIN Challenging and steep climb to Kirkjufell mountain. For experienced climbers only. KIRKJUFELL

Afar bratt og erfitt fjall t búnaður og reynsla alge

Difficult and very steep mountain. Only for expe

JÖKULHÁLS (F570) Vegurinn lokaður stærsta hluta ársins, oft illfær á sumrin. Kannaðu aðstæður á vegagerdin.is

Snæfellsnes

Difficult summer mountain road, only for 4x4 jeeps. Closed in winter. Check www.road.is

FJÖRUR/COAST LINE Fjörur á Snæfellsnesi eru oft mjög fallegar og gaman að heimsækja. Klettar geta verið lausir í sér en ráðlagt er að halda sig amk. 1 metra frá brúninni. In the beautiful nature of Snæfellsnes peninsula you often visit the coast line. Cliff edges can be loose so stay at least 1,5 meters away from the edge.

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S c RAUÐFELDSGJÁ Hrunhætta í gjánni og brattar og hálar brekkur umhverfis. Possibility of falling rocks in the canyon. Slippery and steep slopes around the canyon.

DJÚPALÓNSSANDUR BEACH Hættulegar öldur geta myndast. Vertu í öruggri fjarlægð og fylgist vel með börnum. Dangerous sneaker waves. Don‘t go too close to the water and keep an eye on children.

SNÆFELLSJÖKULL Sprunginn jökull allan ársins hring. Farið á jökulinn með réttan búnað og reynslu til jöklaferða. Glacer conditions all year. Travel recomended with licensed mountain guides.

The regional park and security board Svæðisgarðurinn og öryggiskort The Visitor Center OF Snæfellsnes and responsible tourism. Snæfellsnes regional park opens the Visitor Center of Snæfellsnes at Breiðablik in june. The Visitor Center will be open most days of the year, where there is access to toilets around the clock, and a manned shift is on site during the high season of the day. There, emphasis will be placed on sustainable and responsible tourism, which is based on local residents’ premises and will become a forum for tourism companies in Snæfellsnes, which

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will have the facilities to present their services there. Save Travel handles the provision of information on safety aspects in the Visitor Center, and maps have been prepared, where all safety information is provided to travelers in Snaefellsnes peninsula. Gestastofa Snæfellsnes og ábyrg ferðaþjónusta. Svæðisgarðurinn Snæfellsnes opnar Gestastofu Snæfellsness í félagsheimilinu Breiðabliki í júní. Gestastofan verður opin flest alla daga ársins, þar


FJALLGÖNGUR - MOUNTAIN HIKING Þegar farið er í fjallgöngur skal kanna aðstæður, skilja eftir ferðaáætlun og hafa réttan búnað og reynslu með í för.

til göngu. Réttur er nauðsyn.

When mountaineering always check conditions, leave your travel plan and have the right equipment and experience.

climb to the top of the erienced climbers.

Snæfellsnes

MALARVEGIR - GRAVEL ROADS

Malarvegir geta verið lausir í sér, holóttir og akstur á þeim krefst fullrar varúðar.

Slow down on gravel roads and remember that driving conditions are totally different from paved roads.

You are here Paved road Gravel road

A Full Size Version of this Map can be viewed at the Visitor Center of Snæfellsnes at Breiðablik.

The visitor center of Snæfellsnes at Breiðablik is open every day of the year, and there is access to toilets around the clock, but a manned shift during high season. It is a good place to start traveling around Snæfellsnes and get information on the many destinations and services available. Gestastofa Snæfellsness á Breiðabliki er opin alla daga ársins og þar er aðgangur að salernum allan sólarhringinn, en mönnuð vakt yfir háannatíma. Það er góður staður til að byrja ferðalag um Snæfellsnes þjónustu sem í boði er.

er aðgangur að salernum allan sólarhringinn, en mönnuð vakt er á staðnum yfir háannatíma dagsins. Áhersla er lögð á sjálfbæra og ábyrga ferðaþjónustu sem er byggð upp á forsendum heimamanna. Gestastofan verður aðal hliðið að Snæfellsnesi. Góð aðstaða verður fyrir ferðaþjónustuaðila á Snæfellsnesi til að kynna þá þjónustu sem er í boði. Save Travel sér um upplýsingagjöf varðandi öryggisþætti í Gestastofunni og útbúið hefur verið kort þar sem allar öryggisupplýsingar koma fram til ferðalanga á Snæfellsnesi.

www.snaefellsnes.is

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Bjarnafoss waterfall Bjarnafoss The project „Bjarnafoss í Staðarsveit - Access for all, allyear-round” received the Tourism Award in 2018. Bjarnafoss is a majestic waterfall that falls from the cliffs near Búðir in Snæfellsnes. The waterfall, along with the boulders on both sides and the huge slopes below them, is on the nature conservation register of West Iceland. The waterfall faces the road on the south side of Snæfellsnes, and not surprisingly, has attracted tourists to an increasing extent.

Verkefnið „Bjarnafoss í Staðarsveit – aðgengi fyrir alla allt árið“ hlaut Umhverfisverðlaun Ferðamálstofu árið 2018. Bjarnafoss er tignarlegur foss sem fellur fram af hamrabrúninni upp af Búðum á Snæfellsnesi. Fossinn, ásamt stuðlabergshömrum beggja vegna og gróskumiklum brekkum neðan þeirra, er á náttúruverndarskrá Vesturlands. Fossinn blasir við vegfarendum sem fara um þjóðveginn á sunnanverðu Snæfellsnesi og því ekki að undra að hann hafi dregið til sín ferðafólk í auknu mæli.

LANGAHOLT – GUESTHOUSE

SNORRASTAÐIR - COTTAGE Snæfellsnes snorrastadir@simnet.is www.snorrastadir.is TEL: 435 6628 / 863 6628

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؜ÀÀ>ÃÌ>`ˆÀJȓ˜iÌ°ˆÃÊUÊÜÜܰ؜ÀÀ>ÃÌ>`ˆÀ°ˆÃ Snæfellsnes snorrastadir@simnet.is www.snorrastadir.is TEL: 435 6628 / 863 6628

Snæfellsnes TEL: 435 6789 www.langaholt.is langaholt@langaholt.is langholt langaholt Sjávar & fiskrétta veitingastaður í fallegu umhverfi. Accommodation & seafood restaurant in beautiful surroundings. CREDIT CARD

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Welcome to our farm!

Come ride with us and explore the nature nearby. We can offer small, modest cottages if you would like to stay overnight.

Horse Rental and accommodation Eygló and Hjörtur farmers at Stóri-Kambur

356 Snæfellsbær TEL: +354 852 7028

info@storikambur.is www.storikambur.is/en HorseRentalStoriKambur storikambur


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Vakinn Vakinn is the official quality and environmental system for icelandic tourism. The aim of Vakinn is to enhance the quality, safety and environmental awareness within Icelandic tourism as well as to develop a sense of social responsibility. Certified companies are listed on www.vakinn.is.

www.gowest.is Vakinn er opinbert gæðakerfi fyrir íslenska ferðaþjónustu. Markmið með Vakanum er að auka gæði, öryggi og umhverfisvitund í ferðaþjónustu á Íslandi með handleiðslu og stuðningi, ásamt því að byggja upp samfélagslega ábyrgð ferðaþjónustufyrirtækja. Lista yfir vottuð fyrirtæki má finna á vakinn.is.

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BÖÐVARSHOLT HI HOSTEL

LANGAFJARAN COTTAGES

Böðvarsholt í Staðarsveit Snæfellsbær TEL: +354 435 6699 bodvarsholt@hostel.is www.hostel.is

Miðholt (with road 567) Snæfellsnes TEL: + 354 895 0798 helgamels@gmail.com langafjaran.com

Open: 15 May- 15 Sept. Böðvarsholt Country Hostel, is in the middle of everywhere on the south side of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This is a good place to stay when cruising around Snæfellsnes, located near Snæfellsjökull National Park. We offer a small homey hostel with five bedrooms, 2-3 beds each, two shared restrooms w/shower, dining room for 20 people with fully equipped self catering kitchen and outside BBQ available for our guests.

Three studio cottages, located 55 km from Borgarnes. The cottages include a full kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator, bathroom with WC / shower, TV, terrace with outdoor hot tub and BBQ facilities. Sea and mountain views. The cottages can accommodate 4 people. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including hiking.

HÓTEL BÚÐIR

LANGAHOLT GUESTHOUSE

Búðum 356 Snæfellsbæ TEL: 435 6700 hotelbudir.is HotelBudir

Snæfellsnes TEL: 435 6789 www.langaholt.is langaholt@langaholt.is langaholt

Snæfellsnes

Open /opið: Allt árið / All year round

Sjávar- & fiskrétta veitingastaður í fallegu umhverfi. Accommodation & seafood restaurant in beautiful surroundings.

WELCOME TO ANOTHER WORLD One of the most beautiful places in Iceland, just two hours drive from Reykjavik. A charming atmosphere, and a restaurant known for its exquisite cuisine. Check out our selection of gift cards at hotelbudir.is/gjafabref A great idea and well rembered for any occasion.

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Löngufjörur

Snæfellsnes

Löngufjörur beach is a light sandy beach on the south shore of Snæfellsnes peninsula. The beach is perfect for horseriding with a guide. If there is any one place horse-riders love in Iceland, it is Löngufjörur beach on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Contrary to most other beaches in Iceland, Löngufjörur beachy is a white beach - with a brownish hue and stretches for miles and miles. Some horse-riders say riding along Löngufjörur feels like riding through eternity. The sands are resistant, though soft on the hoof and seem to go on forever. During your ride, you’ll have the pristine Snæfellsjökull in front of you the whole time and the beautiful Ljósufjöll (Light Mountains) to your right. It is just you and your horse in harmony with Mother Nature. The only sound is the ocean waves gently washing ashore nearby. Löngufjörur eru ljósar skeljasandsfjörur á sunnanverðu Snæfellsnesi sem eru vinsælar til útreiða. Varasamt er að fara um nema með leiðsögn. Ef það er einn staður fyrir unnendur hestaferða á Íslandi þá eru það Löngufjörur á Snæfellsnesi. Sumir hestamenn segja að það að ríða meðfram

Löngufjörum sé líkt og að fara í gegnum eilífðina. Sandurinn er þægilegur og mjúkur á hófana. Meðan á ferð stendur hefurðu óspilltan Snæfellsjökull fyrir

SÖÐULSHOLT COTTAGES

TRAÐIR GUESTHOUSE / CAMPING

Söðulsholt Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnesvegur 356 Snæfellsbær TEL: 431-5353 tradir@tradirguesthouse.net www.tradirguesthouse.net

Opening hours / Opið frá 08:00-23:00

TEL: +354 895 5464 info@sodulsholt.is https://cottages.sodulsholt.is

STÓRI-KAMBUR HORSE RENTAL

LÝSUHÓLL

Stóri-Kambur 356 Snæfellsbær TEL: +354 852 7028 info@storikambur.is www.storikambur.is

Lýsuhóll Snæfellsbær TEL: +354 435 6716 info@lysuholl.is www.lysuholl.is

Opið / Open: 1. maí / May 1st - 30. sept. / Sept. 30 CREDIT CARD

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Six cosy, little summer cottages available, as well as rooms for rent all year round in two guesthouses with a hot tub. Restaurant on site. Horse riding tours offered. Swimming pool and hot tub nearby the farm.


KAST GUESTHOUSE Lýsudalur Snæfellsbær TEL: +354 693 4739 / +354 421 5252 kast@kastguesthouse.is www.kastguesthouse.is Kast Guesthouse offers 27 rooms: 17 double rooms, 2 triple rooms and 2 family rooms with private facilities and 6 double rooms with shared facilities. The rooms are very spacious and it is easy to add extra beds if necessary. Internet access is available. The guesthouse has an excellent restaurant. Horseback riding tours offered during summertime.

LAVA WATER (GISTING / ACCOMMODATION) Miðhraun 2 Snæfellsnes TEL: 893 3333 lavawater@lavawater.is www.lavawater.is

Snæfellsnes

framan þig og fallegu Ljósufjöllin(light mountains) til hægri. Bara þú og hesturinn þinn og móðir náttúra. Einu hljóðin eru öldurnar sem ómurinn af hafinu.

SNORRASTAÐIR - COTTAGE

RJÚKANDI KAFFI - RESTAURANT & CAFÉ

Snæfellsnes snorrastadir@simnet.is www.snorrastadir.is TEL: 435 6628 / 863 6628

Vegamót Snæfellsnes TEL: +354 788 9100 rjukandikaffi@rjukandi.com www.rjukandi.com Open: 15th May - 15th September, daily from 10-22 16th September - 14th May, daily from 10-18 CREDIT CARD

Rjúkandi Kaffi is our coffee shop which has a cosy, warm welcome. We have a great espresso coffee machine, homemade cakes and a café menu for hungry travellers. Rjúkandi Restaurant offers local cuisine with the best and fresh ingredients from mother nature, depending on what each month provides. The restaurant is open from 6 pm but has different closing hours, depending on the season.

LOCAL STORYTELLERS OF SNÆFELLSNES

LÝSUHÓLSLAUG / LÝSULAUGAR

Snæfellsnes www.peopleoficeland.is TEL: +354 848 2339

Lýsuhólsskóli / Lýsuhólslaug Snæfellsbær TEL: +354 433 9917 lysulaugar@snb.is Lysuholslaug

ragnhildur@snaefellsnes.is

Storytellers are local people on the Snæfellsnes peninsula that are ready to welcome people and tell stories, share knowledge and enrich the experience of visitors. You can enjoy guided history walks or visit storytellers almost anywhere in Snæfellsnes. We look forward to meeting you.

Open: June - September

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Arnarstapi and Hellnar Arnarstapi and Hellnar are two beautiful villages located in the southwest of Snæfellsnes. Arnarstapi (Route 5710) lies south of Snæfellsjökull glacier. The coastline boasts unusual rock formations and diverse birdlife, creating valuable photo opportunities. The harbour is also a unique sight, still used by local and touring fishermen. Hellnar (Route 5730) is close to Arnarstapi and the villages are connected by a walking trail. The coastline of Hellnar is spectacular, with cliffs such as Valasnös, which protrudes into the surf, and the cave Baðstofa.

SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK Visitor centre at Malarrif Snæfellsbær TEL: +354 436 6888 / +354 436 6860 / +354 591 2000 snaefellsjokull@ust.is www.snaefellsjokull.is Open: 25th April - 25th October, daily from 10-17 26th October - April/May, weekdays from 11-16 The Visitor Centre is full of information and facts about life around the glacier. The theme of the display is the fishermen of the ancient fishing stations in the area and their use of nature as a means of livelihood. All senses are appealed to as guests are encouraged to taste, smell and try out various parts of the display. It is possible for visitors of any age to find something fun and interesting to do at the Visitor Centre.

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Enginn sem ferðast um Snæfellsnes ætti að láta vera að heimsækja Arnarstapa og Hellnar sem búa yfir mikilli náttúrufegurð. Sunnan undir Snæfellsjökli er Arnarstapi, umvafinn sérstæðum bergmyndunum og fjölbreyttu fuglalífi. Þar er ágæt smábátahöfn og trillukarlar koma víða að til að róa á gjöful fiskimið við Snæfellsnes. Skammt frá Arnarstapa eru Hellnar. Fallega kletta er að finna við strönd Hellna á borð við Valasnös, sem skagar út í brimið og hellinn Baðstofu. Falleg gönguleið er á milli Arnarstapa og Hellna.

Glacier Tours Snæfellsjökull Stóri-kambur 356 Snæfellsbær

Opið frá 1. maí til 31. ágúst Open from 1st May till 31st August

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FOSSHOTEL HELLNAR Brekkubær, Hellnar Tel: +354 435 6820 hellnar@fosshotel.is islandshotel.is Open: 28 February - 31 October Accommodation in peaceful surroundings in one of Snæfellsnes Peninsula most beautiful spots. Located right beneath Snæfellsjökull Glacier, a national park that is said to be one of the seven great energy centers of the earth. All rooms include a private bathroom and TV. The restaurant faces the ocean and offers Icelandic cuisine with an international flair, serving food from 18:00 until 22:00. Various long and short hiking trails in and around Snæfellsjökull National Park. This hotel has everything people look for in a charming country hotel.

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Arnarstapi + Stykkishólmur + Dalir Tel: +354 695 9995 / 694 9513 gowest@gowest.is www.gowest.is

Snæfellsnes TEL: 435 6844 / 863 5042 fjoruhusid@isl.is fjoruhusidhellnum

Go West offers a variety of guided tours; glacier hikes, lowlands hikes, bike tours and a tailored tour just for you. You can find us on TripAdvisor and Arnarstapi.

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Small Café at Hellnar‘s beautiful rocky seaside. The menu consists of light dishes, cakes, pies, soup and various refreshments. CREDIT CARD

HJÁ GÓÐU FÓLKI / WITH GOOD PEOPLE Við Vegamót Snæfellsnes TEL: +354 892 5667 hjagodufolki@gmail.com www.hjagodufolki.is hjagodufolki Handverk úr héraði og blóm og salat úr gróðurhúsunum. Kaffi og léttar veitingar. Opnar 1. júní. Local handcraft and flowers and salad from the greenhouse. Coffee and light refreshments. Opens June 1st.

Arnarstapi Snæfellsbær TEL.: (+354) 865 6740 helgaoli@simnet.is You can find us on Instagram Open May 1st – September 30th from 10am till 9pm Open October 1st – April 30th from 11am till 4pm STAPINN is a friendly little resturant and coffee house at Arnarstapi. Our specialities are fish & chips with fresh cod, grilled hamburgers and fries, coffee, cakes and icecream. You can have icelandic beer at our bar in Stapinn. We have seats and tables outdoor where guests can sit in good weather and enjoy beautiful surroundings and Snæfellsjökull.

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On top of the world Á toppi heimsins

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Summit Adventure Guides is a collective of professional adventure guides, operating in Snæfellsjökull National Park in West Iceland. They arrange a selection of tours to Snæfellsjökull glacier and nearby areas, the glacier being the most prominent natural symbol of West Iceland. Summit’s specialties include ski tours, hiking, climbing and snowcat tours. Summit’s high standard of quality, small groups and all-inclusive tours is what makes them the adventure experts in Snæfellsjökull National Park. More information and booking on www.summitguides.is. Summit Adventure Guides samanstendur af hópi leiðsögumanna sem einblína á ævintýralegar ferðir um Snæfellsjökul og nærliggjandi svæði. Ferðirnar eru fjölbreyttar og skemmtilegar en leið-

sögumennirnir sérhæfa sig í skíðaferðum, göngum, klifri og snjóbílaferðum. Leiðsögumennirnir hjá Summit Adventure Guides leggja mikla áherslu á góða og persónulega þjónustu og bjóða því eingöngu upp á ferðir fyrir litlar hópastærðir þar sem allur nauðsynlegur búnaður er innifalinn. Frekari upplýsingar og bókanir á www.summitguides.is.

Vatnshellir Cave The Vatnshellir Cave is among the most popular destinations in Snæfellsnes. Visits to the cave are arranged by the professionals at Summit Adventure Guides who have extensive experience in guiding visitors along natural wonders in Snæfellsnes. The cave is an 8000 year old lava tube created in a volcanic eruption from a nearby Purkhólar crater family. The guided tours are operated all year round and are suitable for anyone looking for a fun and educative 45 minute cave tour. More information and booking on www.summitguides.is.

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Vatnshellir er einn vinsælasti áfangastaðurinn á Snæfellsnesi. Hellirinn myndaðist eftir hraunflæði úr eldgosi sem varð til í Purkhólum fyrir um 8000 árum. Reynslumiklir leiðsögumenn hjá Summit Adventure Guides bjóða upp á skipulagðar 45 mínútna ferðir um hellinn allan ársins hring. Hellaferð í Vatnshelli er skemmtileg og fræðandi upplifun fyrir alla sem hafa áhuga að kynnast myndun hraunhella og sögu þessarar einstöku náttúruperlu. Frekari upplýsingar og bókanir á www.summitguides.is.


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Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík Djúpalónssandur (Route 572) is a spectacular pebble beach surrounded by magnificent rock formations and covered with infinite black stones believed by some to have healing powers. Prosperous fishing village was formerly at the beach where fishermen tested their strength by lifting four peculiar rocks that still lie there. They offer guests an opportunity to prove their strength. The stones are: Fullsterkur (Full strength) weighing 154 kg, Hálfsterkur (Half strength) at 100 kg, Hálfdrættingur (Weakling) at 54 kg and Amlóði (Useless) 23 kg. From Djúpalónssandur, there is a 1 km trail leading to the cove Dritvík. From the mid 17th century to the 19th century, Dritvík had one of the biggest fishing villages in the country, with as much as 60-70 ships operating during high season. Djúpalónssandur er falleg malarvík umlukin mögnuðum klettamyndunum. Á árum áður gengu sögur af reimleika á Djúpalónssandi en þar var lengi vel útgerð og verbúðalíf. Enn má sjá minjar um dvöl sjómanna þarna. Menn reyndu krafta sína með því að lyfta fjórum aflraunasteinum sem liggja undir Gatkletti þegar komið er niður á ströndina. Steinarnir eru Fullsterkur (154 kg), Hálfsterkur (100 kg), Hálfdrættingur (54 kg) og Amlóði (23 kg). Enn þann dag í dag reyna karlar og konur sig við steinana.Frá Djúpalónssandi er gönguleið að Dritvík sem er í um eins kílómeters fjar-

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lægð. Í Dritvík var ein stærsta verstöð landsins á miðri 17. öld og allt fram á þá nítjándu. Talið er að um 60-70 bátar hafi verið gerðir út þaðan þegar mest var.


ACCOMMODATION IN ÓLAFSVÍK GUESTHOUSE NÁTTSKJÓL Located in ÓLAFSVIK, a quiet fishing village on the north coast of Snæfellsnes Peninsula at the foot of the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier.

Reservations tel: 867 8807 E-mail: nattskjol1@gmail.com Address: Brautarholt 2, Ólafsvik

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Hellissandur The village of Hellissandur (Route 574) is probably the first Icelandic village to be called a fishing village. The area has been inhabited since the middle ages. A recently refurbished maritime museum is located in the village. By the museum stands the so called “Sjómannagarður” (The Fishermen’s Garden), where guests can experience traditional fisherman’s’ living quarters. Above Hellissandur is the church site Ingjaldshóll. The church, built in 1903, is the first concrete church in the country. Various services can be found in Hellissandur, including a restaurant, café, hotel, shops, gas station, camping site and accommodations. Offices of Snæfellsjökull National Park are located in Hellissandur. The town inhabitants are close to 400.

Hellissandur er sennilega fyrsta byggð landsins sem kalla mætti sjávarþorp en þar er talið að þorp hafi staðið síðan á miðöldum. Þar er merkilegt og nýlega endurbætt sjóminjasafn sem gerir sögu árabátaútgerðar skil. Við safnið er svokallaður Sjómannagarður þar sem gestir geta kynnst hefðbundinni þurrabúð sem voru hýbýli fólks í sjávarþorpum á fyrri tíð. Fyrir ofan Hellissand er kirkjustaðurinn Ingjaldshóll en þar er fyrsta steinsteypa kirkja landsins, reist 1903. Ýmsa þjónustu er að finna á Hellissandi á borð við veitingastað, kaffihús, verslanir, bensínstöð og gistingu. Þar má einnig finna nýlegt tjaldsvæði í hraunjaðrinum og þá eru skrifstofur Snæfellsjökulsþjóðgarðs í þorpinu. Íbúar Hellissands eru um 400.

Rif North of Snæfellsjökull Glacier is the small village Rif (Route 574) with 150 inhabitants. It is characterized by its grand harbour and prosperous fishery, dating back to the 17th century. Conditions for bird watching in Rif are very favorable, and attract many tourists every year. Many hiking trails lie from Rif including a popular one that connects Rif to Hellissandur, a 3 km walk through one of the largest arctic terns nesting in the country. At Rif is a shop, café, hostel and a professional theatre. Rif is also the home to the annual Northern Wave International Film Festival, now in its 11th year. Þorpið Rif er norður af Snæfellsjökli. Einkenni þorpsins er stór og góð höfn og er myndarleg útgerð starfrækt í þorpinu. Rif hefur raunar verið útgerðarstaður frá 17. öld. Við Rifsós er að finna góða aðstöðu til fuglaskoðunar sem laðar fjölmarga gesti til sín á hverju ári. Gönguleiðir er að finna frá þorpinu t.d. vinsæla leið sem tengir Rif við Hellissand, sem er

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einungis í 3 kílómetra fjarlægð. Á Rifi er verslun, kaffihús, gistiheimili og atvinnuleikhús og þar er einnig haldin á hverju ári alþjóðleg kvikmyndahátíð. Á Rifi er eitt stærsta kríuvarp á Íslandi. Íbúar Rifs eru um 150.


WEST PARK GUESTHOUSE Gufuskálar 360 Hellissandur +354 837 7700 info@westpark.is www.westpark.is

West Park Guesthouse features 8 connected houses with 2 double rooms and 1 bunkbed room each. Every house has its own shared kitchen and bathroom along with a common area with great views of Snæfellsjökull Glacier.

GILBAKKI KAFFIHÚS Gilbakki Hellissandur TEL: +354 436 1001/ 864 6771 athb@hotmail.co.uk Gilbakki kaffihús

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Ólafsvík

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Ólafsvík, a beautiful town that lies beneath the mountainside, is the second largest town on the Snæfellsnes peninsula with close to 1,000 inhabitants. Ólafsvík is a thriving fishing town, with a good harbor and related undertakings. This lasting fishing town has a beautiful garden dedicated to fishermen who have lost their lives at sea and a stately church. Pakkhús Museum, a folk museum, is located in Ólafsvík housing exhibitions and a store, including a farmers market where locals sell their handcraft. All necessary services can be found in Ólafsvík, such as a camping site, swimming pool, information service, health service, supermarket, restaurants and shops and a 9 hole golf course. Walking trails are found near the town including an enjoyable walk along the ravine Gilið up the mountainside known as Ólafsvíkurenni, named after the settler Ólafur belgur, which holds a viewing dial.

Ólafsvík er næststærsti þéttbýliskjarninn á Snæfellsnesi með rétt um 1.000 íbúa. Bæjarstæði eru óvíða fegurri en í Ólafsvík og fyrir ofan bæinn er Ólafsvíkurenni sem dregur nafn sitt af landnámsmanninum Ólafi belg. Í Ólafsvík er góð höfn, öflug útgerð og fiskvinnsla. Reisuleg Ólafsvíkurkirkja vekur athygli flestra en hún hefur einstakan byggingarstíl. Í bænum er einnig fallegur sjómannagarður þar sem þeirra er minnst sem týnt hafa lífi við störf á sjó. Fjölmargar góðar gönguleiðir liggja um Ólafsvík og nágrenni. Gaman er að ganga meðfram Gilinu og upp með Ólafsvíkurenni en þar má finna sjónskífu á stað sem kallast Bekkurinn. Í Ólafsvík er skemmtilegt verslunar- og verkháttasafn í gamla Pakkhúsinu. Þar er líka handverkssala íbúa Snæfellsbæjar. Í Ólafsvík er tjaldsvæði, veitinga- og kaffihús, verslanir, sundlaug, líkamsrækt, upplýsingamiðstöð ferðamanna, heilsugæsla, og önnur nauðsynleg þjónusta auk 9 holu golfvallar.


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Öndverðarnes

Öndverðarnes (Route 579) is the westernmost point of West Iceland. It is covered with the lava bed of Neshraun, making the environment raw and picturesque. The impressive cliffs of Svörtuloft reside along the western coast of Öndverðarnes. The cliffs are notorious in the history of fishing in Iceland since many ships have been wrecked near the cliffs. A fishing settlement was located at Öndverðarnes centuries ago. The well Fálki is among the last remnants of the settlement.

Öndverðarnes er vestasti oddi Vesturlands. Nesið er þakið hrauni sem gerir landslagið hrátt og myndrænt. Tignarleg björg Svörtulofta standa úr sæ á vesturströnd Öndverðarness. Svörtuloft eru alræmd í sögu sjósóknar á Íslandi en þar hefur fjöldi skipa farist í gegnum aldirnar. Byggð var á Öndverðarnesi forðum en þaðan var róið á gjöful fiskimið sem eru að finna út af ströndum. Þekktustu leifar byggðarinnar er brunnurinn Fálki.

Lóndrangar and Þúfubjarg Lóndrangar and Þúfubjarg (Route 574) are two impressive cliffs that are remnants of a volcanic crater on the southwestern shores of Snæfellsnes. Birdlife is rich in both cliffs and consist mostly of kittiwake, common murre and razorbill. Bird watching site is located at Þúfubjarg, allowing visitors to follow the life on the cliff and the beautiful sight at hand. Visitors are advised to be cautious at the cliff. From the high road to the cliffs is a ten minutes walk.

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Lóndrangar og Þúfubjarg eru tvö tignarleg björg sem eru leifar af gíg sem nú er horfinn. Mikið fuglalíf er að finna í þessum náttúruperlum og þar má sjá langvíu, álku, ritu og fleiri tegundir. Góð aðstaða til fuglaskoðunar er á Þúfubjargi en þar er líka hægt að njóta útsýnis að Lóndröngum og Malarrifi. Mikilvægt er fyrir gesti að fara varlega við Þúfubjarg. Tíu mínútna gangur er frá þjóðveginum að björgunum.


NÁTTSKJÓL Brautarholt 2 355 Ólafsvík TEL: 867 8807 / 436 1492 nattskjol1@gmail.com

Eat, live, enjoy!

Open all year / Opið allt árið Ólafsbraut 19 | 355 Ólafsvík Tel, +354 436-6625 Follow us on facebook

SNÆFELLSBÆR INFORMATION OFFICE

Grundarbraut 2 355 Ólafsvík TEL: +354 431 1030 hraunrestaurant@simnet.is www.hraunrestaurant.com hraun.veitingahus

Kirkjutún 2 Ólafsvík TEL: +354 433 6929 info@snb.is www.west.is

Family owned restaurant, using local ingredients. Open: Sun.-Thurs. from 11:30 - 21:00 and Fri.-Sat. from 11:30-22:00

Opening hours: 1st May - 30th September daily from 8:00 - 19:00 1st October - 30th April weekdays from 12:00 - 16:00

ÓLAFSVÍK CAMPING SITE

ÓLAFSVÍK SWIMMING POOL

By the Waterfall Rjúkandi Ólafsvík TEL: +354 433 6929 / 844 2629 info@snb.is

Ennisbraut 9 Snæfellsbær TEL: +354 433 9910 info@snb.is

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HRAUN RESTAURANT

Open: May 1st - Sept. 30th Opnunartími / Opening hours: Mán. / Mon - Fös./Fri 7:30-21:00 Lau.-sun. / Sat.-Sun. 10:00-17:00

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Ólafsbraut Ólafsvík TEL: +354 433 6930 pakkhus@snb.is

Ólafsbraut 27 Ólafsvík Tel: 436 1012

Summer Opening Hours: Daily from 8:00-18:00.

Veitingar, bílavörur og ýmsar aðrar vörur. Gas station, pizza and grill. Free

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Grundarfjörður

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Grundarfjörður (Route 54) is a lively town set in an astonishing environment, surrounded by the sea and great and majestic mountains reaching for the sky. Among them is the shapely Kirkjufell, considered by many the most beautiful mountain in Iceland. The town has about 900 inhabitants and various services and industries, the main one being fishing. Tourism has become another cornerstone in Grundarfjörður, particularly during the winter. Accommodations are available in Grundarfjörður all year round and entertainment is bountiful, including golfing, fishing, whale watching, angling, hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. Information center in Grundarfjörður : www.facebook.com/grundarfjordurinformationccenter

Grundarfjörður er líflegur bær í fallegu umhverfi. Umhverfis Grundarfjörð standa mikil og tignarleg fjöll, þar á meðal hið formfagra Kirkjufell sem er af mörgum talið eitt fallegasta fjall landsins. Í Grundarfirði búa um 900 manns og er helsti atvinnuvegur bæjarins sjávarútvegur. Ýmis þjónusta og iðnaður er einnig í bænum og er ferðaþjónusta orðinn snar þáttur í atvinnulífinu, sérstaklega yfir vetrartímann. Fjölbreyttir gistimöguleikar eru í bænum en meðal afþreyingarkosta má nefna golf, veiði, kajakferðir, hvalaskoðun, sjóstangveiði, gönguferðir, hestamennsku og margt fleira. Upplýsingamiðstöð Grundarfjarðar: www.facebook.com/grundarfjordurinformationcenter


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Come and enjoy a truly amazing kayaking experience by the very famous Mt. Kirkjufell. We are social! Book your adventure now. www.vesturadventures.is

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Hrannarstígur 3 350 Grundarfjörður svansskali@simnet.is TEL: 847-3303 / 868-7688

Nesvegur 6 Grundarfjörður TEL: +354 438 6893 framnes@hotelframnes.is www.hotelframnes.is

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Nesvegur 5 Grundarfjörður TEL: +354 546 6808 info@lakitours.com www.lakitours.com

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Kirkjufell Hotel is a waterfront hotel situated in the small fishing village Grundarfjörður, the central point of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula West Iceland.

Folk artist with an open workshop and gallery. Open all year round from 9-21. Opið alla daga frá 9-21 allt árið.

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Kirkjufell - Unique and photogenic Myndarlega fjallið

Snæfellsnes

Kirkjufell at Grundarfjörður (Route 54) is one of Iceland´s most photogenic mountains. Kirkjufell at Grundarfjörður is one of Iceland’s most photogenic Mountains. It’s shape is unique, a symmetric free standing mountain reminding of a church tower which name means ‘Church Mountain’. The mountain reaches 463 m, dangerous for walking and only for hikers with experience and proper equipment. Kirkjufell is beautiful from all angles, from sea, from above the Snæfellsnes mountain range and last but not least, from the town. Thousands of people have travelled a long way to picture their own version of Kirkjufell.

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Kirkjufell við Grundarfjörð er líklega myndarlegasta fjall landsins. Kirkjufell við Grundarfjörð er eitt mest ljósmyndaðasta fjall á Íslandi. Lögun þess er einstök, það er samhverft, stendur frjálst og minnir á kirkjuturn, þaðan kemur heitið “Kirkjufell”. Fjallið nær 463 m, hættulegt er að ganga á það og aðeins

á færi göngufólks með reynslu og réttan búnað. Kirkjufell er fallegt frá öllum sjónarhornum, frá sjó, ofan af Snæfellsnesfjallgarðinum og síðast en ekki síst frá bænum. Þúsundir manna hafa ferðast langar leiðir til að mynda sína eigin útgáfu af Kirkjufelli.

Vestur Adventures Vestur Adventures is a family business in Grundafjörður, Snæfellsnes. Vestur Adventures offers kaykaing tours by the very popular Mt. Kirkjufell, the area prides it self of it´s natural beauty and wildlife. The kayaks are „sit on top“ kayaks, they are more stable then regular kayaks and are simple to row, therefore they are suitable for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. All neccesary equipments are provided such as drysuits, life jackets, undersuit, shoes and gloves. If you want to take your camera or phone with you, you can buy a waterproof cover

at the office to protect your equipment. Due to safety reasons, only children aged 16 and over can kayak on their own, but children aged 12-16 ride with an adult. Before every tour the guide will go through the basic kayaking techniques and safety on sea. Vestur Adventures offers a selection of tours, a day tour, northern light and midnight sun tours and this spring a kayak fishing tour. Vestur Adventures er fjölskyldufyrirtæki í Grundafirði á Snæfellsnesi. Vestur Adventures býður upp á einstakar kayakferðir í Grundarfirði umhverfis Kirkjufellið vinsæla, þar er mikil náttúrufergurð og fjölskrúðugt dýralíf. Notast er við „sit-on-top“ kayaka sem eru mun stöðugri en klassískir kayakar. Það er einfalt að róa á þeim fyrir reynda sem óreynda ræðara en farið er yfir róðratækni og allar öryggisreglur áður en haldið er af stað. Boðið er upp á allan búnað til iðkunar á staðnum, þurrbúninga, björgunarvesti, innri klæðnað, skó og hanska. Og ef þú vilt taka myndavélina eða símann með þá er hægt að versla hulstur á staðnum til að vernda búnaðinn. Vegna öryggisástæðna mega einungis þau börn sem eru 16 ára og eldri vera ein á kayak en börn á aldrinum 12-16 ára geta verið í bát með fullorðnum og boðið er upp á tvo kayaka með slíkum búnaði. Vestur Adventures býður upp á dagsferðir á kajak, Miðnætur sólar og Norðurljósa ferðir og eru að byrja með kajak veiðiferðir í vor.


GRUNDARFJÖRÐUR SWIMMING POOL

GRUNDARFJÖRÐUR CAMPING SITE

Borgarbraut 19 Grundarfjörður TEL: +354 430 8564 steini@gfb.is

Borgarbraut (by the Sports Centre) Grundarfjörður TEL: +354 831 7242 camping@grundarfjordur.is

Open: 19 May - 20 August

Open: 1st June - 15th September

A small, comfortable outdoor pool in a prime location next to the campsite. Two hot tubs and a wading pool for children. Open Mondays - Fridays from 7-21 and Saturdays - Sundays from 10-18.

A campsite with beautiful surroundings and a marvelous view. Located next to the swimming pool, which is also the information centre for the campsite. Wheelchair-accessible bathroom with electricity for campers.

GRUNDARFJÖRÐUR INFORMATION CENTRE

BJARGARSTEINN MATHÚS

Grundargata 35 Grundarfjörður TEL: +354 438 1881

Sólvellir 15 Grundarfjörður TEL: 438 6770 mathus@bjargarsteinn.is www.bjargarsteinn.is Bjargarsteinnrestaurant

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The Grundarfjörður Information Centre provides useful information about the area, offers internet facilities and houses Kaffi Emil. It also has two exhibits and an ongoing slideshow of photographs showing Grundarfjörður, past and present.

Open for dinner / Kvöldverðaropnun

GAMLA PÓSTHÚSIÐ

KAFFI EMIL GRUNDARFJÖRÐUR HOSTEL

Grundargata 50 Grundarfjörður TEL: 430 8043 gistipantanir@outlook.com www.topo.is

Hlíðarvegur 15 Grundarfjörður TEL: +354 895 6533 / +354 562 6533 grundarfjordur@hostel.is www.ubuntu65.com

Double and single rooms with shared and private bathroom and kitchen in the center of Grundarfjordur. Magnificent view.

HAMRAHLÍÐ 9 - GUESTHOUSE

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Open: 1st May - 30th September, daily from 9-18 1st October - 30th April, daily from 10-18

Set in the picturesque fishing village of Grundarfjörður, this guesthouse and hostel offers a choice of rooms with both shared and private facilities and also private apartments, all with free WiFi. Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen and a common living room with TV. Its central location on the Snæfellsnes peninsula makes it an ideal stop from which to enjoy the beautiful landscape and the multitude of activities that this area has to offer.

Grundargötu 35, 350 Grundarfirði KAFFI EMIL Tel: 897-0124 / 868-7688

Winter opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00 Summar opening hours: 8:00 - 18:00

Grundargata 35 Grundarfjörður Vinalegt kaffihús í Sögumiðstöðunni. Léttir réttir, súpur, TEL: 897 0124 kökur / 868 og 7688 heimabakaðar drykkir. Gott andrúmsloft þar sem gestir

Hamrahlíð 9 Grundarfjörður TEL: +354 824 3000 hamrahlid9@gmail.com

geta snætt, skoðað safnið og gripið í hljófæri. Winter Opening Hours Friendly Café in the Heritage Centre in Grundarfjörður 11:00-18:00 with a great view of street life. The café offers coffee, soups, Summer Opening Hours home baked cakes and various meals. A wonderful place where 9:00-18:00 guests can eat, explore history and play some music. CREDIT CARD

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Stykkishólmur has about 1.200 inhabitants. During the summer the population grows when tourists converge to the town to enjoy its spectacular town image. Stykkishólmur has numerous well preserved old houses and a view over hundreds of small nearby islands in the bay Breiðarfjörður, which is the town’s main attraction. Two companies now provide boat trips on the bay. Activites in Stykkishólmur are plentiful, including golf, swimming, sailing and visits to museums such as the regional museum in the Norwegian House, the Volcano Museum and the Library of Water. The recently refurbished Icelandic Eider Center is located in Stykkishólmur, a museum dedicated to the common eider duck and eider down farming in Iceland. Stykkishólmur is rich in culture and hosts many events all year round. All necessary services are found in the town, e.g. restaurants, hotels and smaller lodgings, camping sites, a health centre, a spectacular swimming pool and grocery stores.

Í Stykkishólmi búa um 1.200 manns en á sumrin margfaldast sú tala þegar ferðamenn streyma að til að njóta fegurðar í bænum við eyjarnar. Umfangsmikil ferðaþjónusta er rekin í Stykkishólmi og er þar Breiðafjörðurinn aðal segullinn. Tvö fyrirtæki bjóða upp á bátsferðir út á fjörðinn. Í Stykkishólmi er að finna fjölda gamalla, vel varðveittra húsa og er bæjarmyndin því einstaklega fögur ásýndum. Afþreyingarmöguleikar í Stykkishólmi eru fjölmargir. Má þar nefna golf, sund, siglingar og heimsóknir á söfn og listagallerí bæjarins. Í Norska húsinu er byggðasafn Snæfellinga og skammt frá er Eldfjallasafnið og Vatnasafnið. Þar er líka Æðarsetur Íslands, safn tileinkað æðarfuglinum og dúntekju á Íslandi. Menningarlíf er öflugt og ýmsir viðburðir haldnir allan ársins hring. Stykkishólmur hefur upp á margþætta þjónustu að bjóða; veitingahús, hótel og smærri gististaði, tjaldsvæði, heilsugæslu, glæsilega sundlaug og matvöruverslanir.


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HÓTEL FLATEY Flatey Island Breiðafjörður TEL:+354 555 7788 info@hotelflatey.is www.hotelflatey.is Open: 1st June - 26th August Hótel Flatey is situated in the centre of the old village on Flatey Island, in the very heart of Breiðafjörður. The hotel’s dining room and guest rooms are in converted warehouses flanking the old market square. Guests can savour the unique ambience of the island in cosy and welcoming accommodation and enjoy good and healthy food.

WELCOME

• Icelandic Shark Fin Soup • Fish and Chips • Icelandic Lamb • Gray Goose • Salmon • Coffee & Cakes • Drinks + more TRULY ONE OF A KIND RESTAURANT

FOSSHOTEL STYKKISHÓLMUR Borgarbraut 8 Stykkishólmur Tel: +354 435 2100 stykkisholmur@fosshotel.is islandshotel.is Fosshotel Stykkishólmur is a 3-star hotel in a fishing village of Stykkishólmur, sometimes called the town of thousand islands. All rooms come equipped with a private bathroom, telephone, TV, WiFi and hairdryers. The atmosphere of this town is set by beautiful old houses that make you feel like a time traveler. It is an ideal destination for those who are visiting the Snæfellsnes peninsula or exploring the spectacular wildlife around the islands. Free parking and an excellent restaurant.

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Flatey The island Flatey is a picturesque village in the middle of Breiðafjörður. Today only two farms are inhabited on the island but other houses are used as country houses in the summer. The village image is well preserved and the houses maintained in its original appearance and style. Most of them were built at the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th. Nowhere in Iceland is the atmosphere of the past as well preserved as in Flatey, giving the mystique feeling that time stands still. The ferry Baldur stops at Flatey on its way from Stykkishólmur to the WestFjords.

SJÁVARPAKKHÚSIÐ

ÆÐARSETUR ÍSLANDS (THE ICELANDIC EIDER CENTER)

Hafnargötu 2 Stykkishólmur TEL: 438 1800 info@sjavarpakkhusid.is www.sjavarpakkhusid.is

Frúarstígur 6 Stykkishólmur TEL: +354 899 8369 kingeider@kingeider.is www.eider.is eidercenter

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Í Flatey var miðstöð verslunar við Breiðafjörð á árum áður og mikil útgerð stunduð frá eynni. Í dag er búið á tveimur býlum í Flatey en eigendur annara húsa í þorpinu nýta þau sem sumarhús. Þorpsmyndin hefur verið vel varðveitt og er húsunum haldið við af myndarskap, en þau voru flest byggð í lok 19. aldar og upphafi 20. aldar. Óhætt er að segja að hvergi á Íslandi sé andrúmsloft fortíðar jafn vel varðveitt og í Flatey. Þar er eins og tíminn standi í stað. Á sumrin er rekið hótel í Flatey og staðið fyrir ýmsum uppákomum. Ferjan Baldur siglir frá Stykkishólmi að Brjánslæk með viðkomu í Flatey.

The Icelandic Eider Center is a modern museum and knowledge center which invites visitors to learn about the eider duck and the fascinating methods of eiderdown farming, both in the past and present. Located in the town of Stykkishólmur in Breiðafjörður Bay, which is the home of large eider duck breeding grounds and the most extensive eider farming worldwide.


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Fjörur Snæfellsnes eru fagrar, en geta verið sími/tel: 6969628 þar+354 sjávarfalla og stórar öldur varasamar. Mjög gætir gretamaria@outlook.com geta birst óvænt úr email: sléttum sjónum. Ferðamenn verða instagram: gretamariajewelry því að fara mjög varlega og gæta þess að gleyma sér ekki yfir útsýninu og fara of nálægt sjónum. Þá er voðinn vís. Ef aðgát er höfð í fyrrirúmi í fjörunum verður heimsóknin í þær sannarlega ánægjuleg.

SMIÐJUR sími/tel: +354 6969628 email: gretamaria@outlook.com instagram: gretamariajewelry

SMIÐJUR Gullsmiðja Gretu Maríu, Smávinir og Leir7 eru opin verkstæði þar sem hægt er að fylgjast með gerð ólíkra muna úr eðalmálmum, íslensku birki ogsími/tel: leir frá Ytri-Fagradal. Skartgripir, trémunir +354 8961909 og keramik í fjölbreyttu úrvali til sýnis og sölu. email: smavinir@simnet.is

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sími/tel: +354 8940425 The shoreline of Snæfellsnes is beautiful but email: leir7@leir7.is when dealing with the forces of nature you have to be www.facebook.com/leir7ceramic careful. There are strong currents in the sea and www.leir7.is tidal waves can appear out of nowhere. Tourists have to be very careful and keep a safe distance from the sea. If you keep safety first, a visit to the shores is a must when travelling around Snæfellsnes.

Gullsmiðja Gretu Maríu, Smávinir og Leir7 eru opin verkstæði þar sem hægt er að fylgjast með gerð ólíkra muna úr eðalmálmum, íslensku birki og leir frá Ytri-Fagradal. Skartgripir, trémunir og keramik í fjölbreyttu úrvali til sýnis og sölu. Goldsmith Greta María, Smávinir and Leir 7 are open workshops and studios where you can follow the artists at work creating from precious metals, Icelandic birch and local clay. Jewellery, woodwork and ceramic is all for sale in the workshop. OPIÐ:

Virka daga frá 14–17 og laugardaga frá 14–16. Velkomið að líta við á öðrum tíma eða þegar dyrnar eru opnar.

OPEN: Monday–Friday 14–17, Saturday 14–16. Feel free to pop by at other times when the door is open.

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Goldsmith Greta María, Smávinir and Leir 7 www.smavinir.is are open workshops and studios where you can follow the artists at work creating from precious metals, Icelandic birch and local clay. Jewellery, woodwork and ceramic is all for sale in the workshop.

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Breiðafjörður The bay Breiðafjörður is believed to have about 3.000 islands, islets and skerries. Tides there are strong with up to six meters variance between high tide and low tide. Breiðafjörður and the islands are renowned for their biodiversity, and are an important habitat for the White-tailed eagle. With its diverse landscape, bays and coves, Breiðafjörður is a vast natural resource. Many restaurants and hotels on the Snæfellsnes peninsula offer delicacies made of the catch found in Breiðafjörður.

SEATOURS

SEATOURS

Smiðjustígur 3 Stykkishólmur TEL: +354 433 2254 seatours@seatours.is www.seatours.is

Smiðjustígur 3 Stykkishólmur TEL: +354 433 2254 seatours@seatours.is www.seatours.is

Be adventurous! Seatours offers daily tours from Stykkishólmur. Experience some bird watching and try the Viking Sushi - fresh scallops straight from the sea. If you plan to go to the West Fjords, our ferry Baldur brings you and your car the whole way across the Breiðafjörður Bay - and also gives you the opportunity to make a stopover on the very small, but charming, Flatey island. Come, see and conquer in the world of a thousand islands.

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Talið er að Á Breiðafirði séu um 3.000 eyjar, hólmar og sker. Sjávarföll eru mikil í firðinum og er munur á flóði og fjöru allt að sex metrar á stórstreymi. Breiðafjörður og eyjarnar eru þekktar fyrir fjölskrúðugt lífríki og fjölda sjávardýra og fugla. Svæðið er til dæmis mikilvægasta búsvæði hafarnarins á Íslandi. Breiðafjörður, með sínu fjölbreytta landslagi, fjörðum, vogum og víkum, er sannkölluð matarkista. Í hana er sótt ógrynni hráefnis, allt frá skelfiski til fugla. Mörg veitingahús og hótel á Snæfellsnesi bjóða upp á sælkerarétti unna úr hráefni úr Breiðafirði.

Seatours offers daily tours from Stykkishólmur. Experience some bird watching and try the Viking Sushi - fresh scallops straight from the sea. If you plan to go to the West Fjords, our ferry Baldur brings you and your car the whole way across the Breiðafjörður Bay - and also gives you the opportunity to make a stopover on the very small, but charming, Flatey island.


AKKERI GUESTHOUSE Frúarstíg 1 340 Stykkishólmur TEL: +354 844 1050 akkeri@simnet.is



  Handverk eftir heimamenn – Local handicraft for sale Open all days / Opið alla daga: 12:30-18:00 (May-Sept.)

6 herbergja gistihús í miðbænum. Öll herbergi eru með sér baðherbergi. Guesthouse with 6 rooms, located downtown. All rooms are with private bathrooms. v/ Aðalgötu - Stykkishólmur Tel. 893 5588 / 438 1188 / 438 1530

VATNASAFN

VÍKUR GOLF COURSE

Bókhlöðustígur 19 Stykkishólmur TEL: 865 4516 vatnasafn@gmail.com libraryofwater.is

Aðalgata 29 Stykkishólmur TEL: +354 438 1075 mostri@stykk.is Open: 1st May - 30th September Víkurvöllur is a 9-hole golf course which lies south of Fosshotel Stykkishólmur. The club house is at the Stykkishólmir Campsite. The course makes for good walking, lies between two ridges and continues down to the beach. A well kept, challenging course.

SUNDLAUGIN Í STYKKISHÓLMI

TJALDSVÆÐIÐ Í STYKKISHÓLMI

Borgarbraut 4 Stykkishólmi TEL: 433 8150 sund@stykkisholmur.is

Vatnsási 18 Stykkishólmur TEL: 438 1075 mostri@stykk.is

Sumaropnun / Summer (Júní - ágúst / June - August.): Mán. - fim. / Mon. - Thu. 07.05 - 22.00 Fös. / Fri. 07.05 - 19.00 Lau. - sun. / Sat. - Sun. 10.00 - 18.00

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Opnunartími / Opening from 10:00-17:00

Vefsíða / Website: www.stykkisholmur.is/mannlif/tjaldsvaedi-stykkisholms Opið allt árið/Open all year.

Vetraropnun / (Sep. - maí / Sep. - May): Mán. - föst. / Mon. - Fri. 07.05 - 22.00 Lau. - sun. / Sat. - Sun. 10.00 - 17.00

ELDFJALLASAFN

BYGGÐASAFN SNÆFELLINGA OG HNAPPDÆLA

Aðalgötu 6 Stykkishómur TEL: 433 8154 safn@eldfjallasafn.is www.eldfjallasafn.is

Hafnargötu 5 Stykkishólmur TEL: 433 8114 info@norskahusid.is www.norskahusid.is

Opnunartími / Open from 10:00-17:00

Opnunartími / Open from 10:00-17:00

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The home of the puffin Heimili lundans Breiðafjörður is renowned for it´s birdlife and is one of the most important areas in Iceland for birds. It has even been listed as one of the most important areas in Europe regarding to birds. Birds nest in vast colonies and migrant species pass through Breiðarfjörður and can be seen on the shores. The marine ecosystem provides abundance of food for the birds. Two thirds of Iceland´s White-tailed eagles can be found in Breiðafjörður and it is the home of the largest part of the stock of many birds. The puffin is very popular and is one of the most common species in Breiðafjörður. It nests in vast colonies on the many sími/tel: +354 8940425 islands Breiðafjörður. Both Láki Tours and Sæferðir email: of leir7@leir7.is offer puffin tours in Breiðafjörður. www.facebook.com/leir7ceramic

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Fuglalífið setur8940425 svip sinn á Snæfellsnes, en sími/tel: +354 fuglalífið á Breiðafirði email: leir7@leir7.iser einstakt og eitt það mikilvægasta á landinu og raunar N-Atlantshafi öllu. www.facebook.com/leir7ceramic Fuglar www.leir7.is verpa þar í stórum byggðum og farfuglar á leið til og frá vetrarstöðvum koma við í fjörunum. Gnótt fæðu er fyrir fuglana sem byggja allt sitt á lífríki sjávar. Tveir þriðju hlutar íslenska hafarnarstofnsins verpa

sími/tel: +354 6969628 við fjörðinn og meginþorri dílaskarfa og toppskarfa. email: gretamaria@outlook.com Lundi er afar vinsæll hjá ferðamönnum, en hann er instagram: gretamariajewelry einn algengasti varpfuglinn í Breiðarfirði. Hægt er að fara í ferðir með Lákasími/tel: Tours og Sæferðum til að skoða +354 6969628 lundann, en lundinn verpir þéttum byggðum í grasi email: ígretamaria@outlook.com vöxnum eyjum og ekkiinstagram: skortir eyjarnar á Breiðafirði. gretamariajewelry Lundinn kafar eftir fiski og oft má sjá hann þegar líður á sumarið þar sem hann flýgur heim í hreiðrið með síli fyrir ungann.

SMIÐJUR

NESBRAUÐ

OCEAN ADVENTURES

Nesvegi 1 Stykkishólmur TEL: 438 1830 nesbraud@simnet.is nesbraudehf

At the harbour Stykkishólmur Gullsmiðja Gretu Maríu, Smávinir og Leir7 TEL: 2028 þar sem hægt er að fylgjast eru +354 opin 898 verkstæði oa@oceanadventures.is með gerð ólíkra muna úr Smávinir eðalmálmum, íslensku Gullsmiðja Gretu Maríu, og Leir7 oceanadventures.is birki og leir frá Ytri-Fagradal. Skartgripir, trémunir eru opin verkstæði þar sem hægt er að fylgjast Open: April - Sept. from 8:30-17:00. Winters: on request. ogmeð keramik í fjölbreyttu úrvali til sýnis og sölu. gerð ólíkra muna úr eðalmálmum, íslensku Ocean Adventures offers two kind of tours: 1,5 hour Puffin tour and 2 birki og leir frá Ytri-Fagradal. Skartgripir, trémunir hour Sea Angling tour. Visit the puffins and seals or catch your own Goldsmith María,úrvali Smávinir Leir 7 dinner. og keramikGreta í fjölbreyttu til sýnisand og sölu.

Gott úrval af nýbökuðum hágæða brauðum, bakkelsi, samlokum, súpu dagsins og gott kaffi. A wide selection of freshly-baked, high quality breads, baked goods, sandwiches, soup of the day and great coffee.

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Virka daga frá 14–17 og laugardaga frá 14–16. Velkomið að líta við á öðrum tíma eða þegar OPIÐ: Virka daga frá 14–17 og laugardaga frá 14–16. dyrnar eru opnar. Velkomið að líta við á öðrum tíma eða þegar

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OPEN: Monday–Friday dyrnar eru opnar.14–17, Saturday 14–16. free to pop14–17, by at other times when the OPEN: Feel Monday–Friday Saturday 14–16. door open. Feel is free to pop by at other times when the door is open.

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Ölkelda Við bæinn Ölkeldu í Staðarsveit er ósnortin ölkelda þar sem koltvísýringur kemur upp með grunnvatninu svo úr verður bragðgott og náttúrulega kolsýrt ölkelduvatn. Neysla ölkelduvatnsins hefur lengi verið talin heilsusamleg og það má drekka beint úr brunninum.

HÓTEL FRANSISKUS

KONTIKI KAYAK TOURS - DAILY DEPARTURES

Austurgata 7 Stykkishólmur TEL: +354 422 1101 fransiskus@fransiskus.is www.fransiskus.is

Austurgata 2 Stykkishólmur Phone: +354.691.5663 www.kontiki.is kayak@kontiki.is

The hotel offers 21 rooms, single, double and family rooms. The rooms have been beautifully designed with soft colours and a cosy atmosphere and they have a magnificent view over the harbour, the centre of the town, the mountains and towards the magnificent bay Breiðafjörður. The Fransiskus house was once a Catholic monastery and there is still a chapel inside the Fransiskus hotel, which is open to visitors.

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At the farm Ölkelda in Staðarsveit you can find “ölkelda”, which is an Icelandic term used to describe a place where naturally carbonated water can be found. Carbon dioxide is naturally dissolved into the groundwater, resulting in tasty, sparkling water which can be drunk straight from the well.

Price from: 9.900 kr Schedule: 09:00 - 12:00 - 15:00 Duration: 2 hours Level: Easy Phone: +354.691.5663 Booking: www.kontiki.is

SÝSLÓ GUESTHOUSE

HÓTEL EGILSEN

Aðalgötu 7 Stykkishólmur TEL: +354 831 1806 syslo@syslo.is syslo.is

Aðalgata 2 Stykkishólmur TEL: +354 554 7700 booking@egilsen.is www.egilsen.is

The Guesthouse stands on a hillside in the centre of the old town with a great view over Breiðafjörður bay in the north and its countless Islands. Within a few minutes walking distance from the guesthouse you will find a thermal swimming pool, shops, galleries, museums and restaurants. A golf course in only a short distance away by the seashore.

Hótel Egilsen stands by the harbour and is situated in a newly converted historic house in the heart of Stykkishólmur. Hotel Egilsen offers accommodation in small but very bright and comfortable rooms, with overhead power shower, iPad, and Coco-Mat beds. Every morning Greta´s famous homemade healthy breakfast is offered with fresh organic eggs from local farmers.

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Dalir Dalir (The Valleys) is a district which forms the northern part of West Iceland. Dalir draws its name from the almost endless valleys surrounding the village Búðardalur, the main service centre of the area. Búðardalur (Route 60) is located by the fjord Hvammsfjörður, which connects the Ring Road to the Westfjords region. Dalir are rural in character as most of the inhabitants work in agriculture – sheep herding in particular. The population is about 670 people. Along with the valleys, the district consists of mountains, hills, bountiful rivers and a beautiful coastline, offering varied options for hikers, photographers and anglers. A beautiful panorama of Breiðafjörður can be seen from many places in the district, especially at Fellsströnd and Skarðsströnd coastlines (Route 590). Dalir is rich in history. They were settled by the daring Viking woman Auður djúpúðga (Aud the Deep-Minded) in the 9th century. The stories of her descendants who lived in Dalir are also accounted for in the Sagas, most famously in Laxdæla Saga. The discovery of the Western Hemisphere is tied to Dalir’s history in the Saga of the viking Erik the Red and his son Leif Erikson the Lucky. They lived in Dalir before sailing across the Atlantic to the West. The museum at Eiríksstaðir (Route 586) near Búðardalur is dedicated to their story. Dalirnir liggja á krossgötum Vesturlands, Vestfjarða og Norðurlands, rétt utan hringvegarins. Í Dölum búa um 670 manns, þar af um 260 í þorpinu Búðardal við Hvammsfjörð, sem er þjónustumiðstöð héraðsins. Einkenni Dalanna eru þeir fjölmörgu dalir sem liggja inn til landsins frá Hvammsfirði. Höfuðatvinnuvegur svæðisins er landbúnaður þar sem sauðfjárbúskapur er fyrirferðamestur, en að auki skipar ferðaþjónusta stóran sess. Leiðir í Dali liggja úr Borgarfirði um Bröttubrekku, af Mýrum um Heydal, af Snæfellsnesi um Skógarströnd, af Ströndum um Laxárdalsheiði, Steinadalsheiði og Arnkötludal (Þröskulda) og leiðin til Vestfjarða er yfir Gilsfjörð. Landslag er fjölbreytt í Dölum. Svæðið einkennist af fjöllum, hálsum, fengsælum ám og fallegri strandlengju. Góða útsýnisstaði er að finna í Dölum, ekki síst á Fellsströnd og Skarðsströnd. Dalirnir eiga sér merka sögu. Landnámsmaður svæðisins var hin skelegga Auður djúpúðga sem nam þar land á 9. öld og byggði sér bú í Hvammi fyrir botni Hvammsfjarðar. Afkomendur eru frægar sögupersónur í Íslendingasögunum, einna helst í Laxdælu. Saga Dalanna tengist einnig landnámi Ameríku. Víkingarnir Eiríkur rauði og sonur hans Leifur heppni bjuggu í Dölum áður en þeir héldu vestur um haf og uppgötvuðu Nýja heiminn. Á Eiríksstöðum í Haukadal er lifandi safn sem er tileinkað landafundunum.

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Búðardalur is Dalir‘s service centre, located at Route 60. Its main economic life is dairy processing and service for inhabitants and tourists. A good camping site is located in the village and further service for tourists includes a supermarket, a guesthouse, a café and a restaurant. The population of Búðardalur is about 260.

Þjónustukjarni Dalanna er þorpið Búðardalur við Hvammsfjörð. Vestfjarðarvegur, sem tengir Vesturland við Vestfirði, liggur í gegnum þorpið og setur það í alfaraleið. Megin atvinnuvegur íbúa er þjónusta við landbúnað og ferðafólk. Gott tjaldstæði er að finna í Búðardal en þar er einnig matvöruverslun, gistiheimili, kaffihús, veitingastaður og upplýsingamiðstöð fyrir ferðamenn. Íbúar Búðardals eru um 260.


Seals in Búðardalur Selir í Búðardal The harbour seal, also known as the common seal, is the most common seal species in Iceland and can be found all around the country. However, it is less common in the north-east and eastern parts of the country than elsewhere. In Búðardalur, two sealpups were brought in to a newly-made fence with a swimming pool in 2017. The facility is located down by the harbor next to Leifsbúð.The pups, which are both believed to be males, come from the Family Park and Zoo in Reykjavik, where they were born. The pups are independent from their mother and get fish to eat like full grown seals. During the winter, they accumulate reserves. Svavar Garðarsson is working on this project in collaboration with the Family Parke and Zoo and municipality of Dalabyggð. All work on the installation, swimming pools and preparation of the coupons was done voluntarily. Please note that feeding the seals or climbing over the fence is not permitted. Landselurinn er algengasta selategundin við Ísland og má finna allt í kringum landið. Við Norðausturland og Austfirði er hann þó sjaldgæfari en annars staðar. í Búðardal komu tveir kópar til

haustdvalar í nýútbúnu gerði með sundlaug árið 2017. Gerðið er staðsett niðri við höfnina, rétt hjá Leifsbúð. Kóparnir, sem talið er að séu báðir brimlar, koma úr Fjölskyldu- og húsdýragarðinum þar sem þeir fæddust. Kóparnir eru óháðir móður sinni og fá fisk að éta líkt og fullorðnir selir. Á veturna safna þeir forða. Að verkefninu stendur Svavar Garðarsson í samstarfi við Fjölskyldu- og húsdýragarðinn og sveitafélagið Dalabyggð. Öll vinna í kringum uppsetningu gerðis, sundlaugar og undirbúnings undir komu kópanna var unnin í sjálfboðavinnu. Ekki er leyfilegt að gefa þeim að borða né fara yfir girðinguna.

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Klofningur A mountain spur known as Klofningur (Route 590) is a popular hiking spot that provides a vast view over the bay Breiðarfjörður. It reaches from the mountain Klofningafjall, between two beaches; Skarðströnd and Fellsströnd. On top is a viewing dial which encompasses place names of all visible landmarks. In order to get to Klofningur, one must take the road Klofningsvegur that stretches through a pass in the middle of the split. This pass once served as place of execution and as a sheepfold.

að finna sem aðstoðar gesti við að greina örnefni. Ekið er eftir Klofningsvegi til að komast að Klofningi og gildir þá einu hvort ekið er eftir Skarðsströnd eða Fellströnd. Vegurinn liggur gegnum skarð í miðjum Klofningi. Fyrr á öldum var skarðið notað sem aftökustaður en einnig sem fjárrétt.

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Klofningur á mörkum Skarðsstrandar og Fellsstrandar er heiti á lágum klettarana sem teygir sig út úr Klofningsfjalli. Vinsælt er að ganga upp á Klofning því þaðan er frábært útsýni vítt um Breiðafjörð. Hringsjá er þar

Protected areas in West Iceland Friðlýst svæði á Vesturlandi Several areas in West Iceland are protected. A protected area is defined as an area of land or sea dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources. The key protected area is Snæfellsjökull National Park. Within the national park are many well-known natural treasures, such as Djúpalónssandur, Lóndrangar and Vatnshellir cave and Snæfellsjökull glacier. Just outside the boundaries of the park are protected areas such as the coastline between Arnarstapi and Hellnar and the Búðahraun lava field. Other protected sites and areas in West Iceland are, to name a few: Flatey island, Eldborg crater, the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and the birch woods at Húsafellsskógur and Vatnshornsskógur. Two areas in West Iceland are on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance; Andakíll and Grunnafjörður. Regulations for protected areas vary from area to area, making it necessary for travelers to acquaint themselves with local situations and follow the conservation code. Á Vesturlandi eru nokkur friðlýst svæði. Friðlýst teljast þau svæði sem eru friðuð samkvæmt lögum um náttúruvernd. Til friðlýstra svæða teljast þjóðgarðar, friðlönd, náttúruvættir og fólkvangar. Eini þjóðgarðurinn á Vesturlandi er Þjóðgarðurinn

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Snæfellsjökull. Innan hans er að finna margar náttúruperlur, t.d. Djúpalónssand, Lóndranga, Vatnshelli og sjálfan Snæfellsjökul. Rétt utan þjóðgarðsins er Búðahraun, Bárðarlaug og ströndin við Arnarstapa og Hellna eru einnig friðlýst. Fleiri friðlýst svæði á Vesturlandi eru Flatey á Breiðafirði, Eldborg, Hraunfossar og Barnafoss og birkiskógarnir í Húsafelli og Vatnshorni í Skorradal. Tvö Ramsarsvæði er að finna á Vesturlandi; í Andakíl við Hvanneyri og í Grunnafirði í Hvalfjarðarsveit. Ramsarsvæði heyra undir alþjóðasamning um verndun votlendis, sérstaklega sem lífsvæði fyrir fugla. Á friðlýstum svæðum gilda umgengnisreglur, t.d. um veiðar og umferð, en þær eru breytilegar milli svæða. Mikilvægt er þekkja þessar reglur og virða tilmæli landvarða.


BÚÐARDALUR CAMPING - TJALDSVÆÐI

SÆLINGSDALSLAUG SWIMMING POOL

Búðardalur TEL: 767 2100 info@dalir.is

Laugum í Sælingsdal TEL: 434 1465 sundlaug@dalir.is www.dalir.is/sundlaug

Open all year. Vefsíða / Website: www.ungmennabudir.is/saelingsdalslaug

DALAHYTTUR

THE CASTLE GUESTHOUSE

Hlíð 371 Búðardalur TEL: +354 519 3225 / 869 8778 586 1025 info@dalahyttur.is www.dalahyttur.is

Brekkuhvammur 1 Búðardalur TEL: 865 3382 thecastle370@gmail.com thecastleguesthouse

Dalahyttur offers 3 huts with facilities for up to 3 in each unit. Each hut has kitchenet, sitting area, bathroom with shower and sleeping area. From the huts you can enjoy beautiful mountain views over 3 valleys. Dalahyttur is centrallylocated and suitable for a few nights stay to enjoy time in day trips around the West and South side of Westfjords.

Opnunartími / Open from 8-22 CREDIT CARD

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RJÓMABÚIÐ ERPSSTAÐIR Erpsstaðir Búðardalur TEL: 843 0357 / 868 0357 erpur@simnet.is www.erpsstadir.is Rjómabúið Erpsstaðir

At our lovely little farm Hólar you can expect to find a variety of animals, including; horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, a cow, ducks, sheep, chickens, turkeys, goats, a pig and even a raven! We would love to welcome you and show you around our farm, introducing you to Icelandic style farming. Feel free to pet the animals.

CREDIT CARD

Open: From 15 June to 13 August from 10.00 – 16.00 (closed Tuesday).

HÓTEL EDDA LAUGUM Laugar Sælingsdalur Búðardalur TEL: +354 444 4930 laugar@hoteledda.is www.hoteledda.is

Admission / Aðgöngugjald: 0-2 years free / 0–2 ára frítt 2-18 years 1.000 ISK / 2–18 ára 1.000 kr. Adults 1.500 ISK / Fullorðnir 1.500 kr.

Open: 7th June - 25th August

Hólar Búðardalur CREDIT CARD

TEL: +354 897 1674

holarfarmzoo@gmail.com

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Ólafsdalur Ólafsdalur by Gilsfjörður is one of the most remarkable cultural monument in West Iceland. There, the first farm school in Iceland was founded by Torfi Bjarnason in 1880 was operated until 1907. A total of 154 boys studied from all over the country studied at the school.. The majestic school building from 1896 stands in Ólafsdalur and is open to visitors during the summer with exhibitions, guided tours, etc. The remains of many other buildings are on site (a workshop, water house, cowsheds, sheepsheds, stables,, etc.). In Ólafsdalur, there are also geothermal mines that are considered remarkable on a national level (pavement, recharges and mooring facilities). In Ólafsdalur, there is a handsome memorial of Torfi and his wife Guðlaug, by the well-known sculptor Ríkharður Jónsson (1888-1977). Olafsdalsfélagið is constantly working towards the restoration of Ólafsdalur. Ólafsdalur við Gilsfjörð er meðal merkustu menningarminjastaða á Vesturlandi og við Breiðafjörð. Þar stofnaði Torfi Bjarnason fyrsta búnaðarskóla á Íslandi árið 1880 og var hann rekinn til 1907. Þar stunduðu 154 skólapiltar nám og komu þeir af öllu landinu. Tignarlegt skólahús frá 1896 stendur í Ólafsdal og er opið gestum á sumrin með sýningum, leiðsögn o.fl. Minjar um margar aðrar byggingar eru á staðnum (smiðja, vatnshús, fjós, fjárhús, hesthús, tóvinnuhús o.fl.). Í Ólafsdal eru

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einnig jarðræktarminjar sem eru mjög merkilegar á landsvísu (beðasléttur, hleðslur og vantsmiðlunarmannvirki). Í Ólafsdal er myndarlegur minnisvarði af Torfa og Guðlaugu konu hans eftir hinn þekkta myndhöggvara Ríkharð Jónsson (1888-1977). Ólafsdalsfélagið vinnur nú að endurreisn staðarins.


JÖRVI - LEIRVINNUSTOFA

GILJALAND

Jörvi Búðardalur TEL: +354 862 6102

Giljaland Búðardalur TEL: +354 434 1402 dalamenn@gmail.com

bjarnheidur.johannsdottir@gmail.com

Open: June 1st - August 25th

Opið skv. samkomulagi / Open upon request

Giljaland is an old farmhouse we have been renovating for a few years. Just recently we finished renovating an old hydropower station that now provides all the electricity we need. Accommodation in 4 rooms with made-up beds. Shared bathroom and cooking facilities. Giljaland is an isolated farm, where there is peace and quiet. Many hiking possibilities. We do our utmost to give our guests the help and attention that they need.

NÝPURGISTING / GUESTHOUSE NÝP

SAUDAFELL GUESTHOUSE

Nýp, Skarðsströnd 371 Búðardalur TEL: 00354 896 1930 thora@this.is www.nyp.is

Saudafell 371 Búðardalur TEL: +354 846 6012 / 897 9603 / 434 1660 saudafell@saudafell.is Saudafell Guesthouse Open / Opið: 15. maí - 15. september CREDIT CARD

Saudafell Guesthouse is a newly renovated old romantic farmhouse from the 19th century. There are 5 rooms with made-up beds on two floors to choose from with great view. Kitchen with all necessary equipment as well as a large living room area and 3 modern bathrooms. Breakfast is included and free WiFi in all rooms. Saudafell Guesthouse is an ideal place to enjoy the diverse landscape or simply relax.

VOGUR COUNTRY LODGE Vogur, Fellsströnd Búðardalur TEL: +354 435 0002 vogur@vogur.org www.vogur.org

In Seljaland we offer accommodation for groups of 18-20 people. The old house takes up to 8 people and the three little cottages can fit maximum 6 people. In another building, we also have two family rooms for up to 3 people with bathroom facilities. A little restaurant that seats 30 people is located on these premises. Reservations must be made in advance.

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SELJALAND Seljaland Búðardalur TEL: +354 894 2194 / +354 434 1116 niels@seljaland.is www.seljaland.is Open: 15th May - 15th August (and upon request)

Vogur Country Lodge offers accommodation in 24 DBL rooms with private facilities and 4 suites, a cosy restaurant, living room, hot tub and sauna. Horse rental nearby. During summer, boat tours are offered on Breiðafjörður Bay. Hiking trails, beautiful nature and magnificent views. The perfect place for nature lovers.

FERÐAÞJÓNUSTAN ÞURRANESI

HANDVERKSHÓPURINN BOLLI - ICELANDIC CRAFT

Þurranes Dalabyggð TEL: +354 867 7286 thurranes@gmail.com www.thurranes.is

Vesturbraut 12 370 Buðardalur TEL: +354 434 1410 bollihandverk@gmail.com bollicraft Handverk unnið af fólki í og úr Dölum. Lopavörur, útskornir hlutir, hekl, prjón, tölur úr kinda-hornum og beinum, leirmunir og fleira CREDIT CARD

Opið/Open: Sumar/Summer daglega/daily frá/from 10:00 - 18:00

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Guðrúnarlaug Natural Pool Guðrúnarlaug According to Laxdaela Saga, GUÐRÚn ÓsvÍfursdóttir used to dwell by a geothermal pool in Laugar in Saelingsdalur (Route 589). The pool is also mentioned in Sturlunga Saga and seems to have been used a great deal, due to the water’s healing powers. The pool was rebuilt by locals in 2009 and named Guðrúnarlaug. It is open all year round. A little Viking cabin stands next to it, making it easier for visitors to change clothes before bathing.

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Samkvæmt Laxdælu baðaði Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir sig í heitri laug að Laugum í Sælingsdal. Laugarinnar er einnig getið í Sturlungu en heimildir herma að hún hafi staðið þar uns hún hvarf undir skriðu á 19. öld. Laugin var endurgerð fyrir nokkrum árum af heimamönnum í Dölum og nefnd Guðrúnarlaug. Laugin er hlaðin eins og menn ætluðu að laugin hafi litið út að fornu, en við hana hefur einnig verið byggt skýli þar sem má hafa fataskipti.


Reykhólasveit svæðisins býr. Flestir búa í þorpinu á Reykhólum í Reykhólsveit sem er þjónustukjarni svæðisins. Þar er veitingastaður, matvörubúð, safn og gistheimili. Náttúra svæðisins er blómleg. Útfiri er hvergi meira á landinu en á þessum slóðum og er lífríkið á leirunum gósenland fugla. Víðáttumikið mólendi er einnig í nágrenni Reykhóla með mýrlendi, tjarnir og vötn. Af hlýst fjölskrúðugt fuglalíf. Heimamenn hafa enn fremur verið duglegir við að nýta það sem náttúra svæðisins hefur upp á að bjóða, t.d. í Þörungaverksmiðjunni á Reykhólum þar sem unnið er þang og þari úr Breiðafirði og í nýlegri saltverksmiðju Norður Salts á sama stað.

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Reykhólasveit district is at the crossroads of West Iceland and Westfjords. It is a rural area that stretches from the fjord Gilsfjörður in the east to Kjálkafjörður in the west and forms the north coast of Breiðafjörður. The district is very mountainous with beautiful narrow fjords cutting into the mountain range. The more rural eastern part is where the majority of the almost 280 inhabitants of the district live. Most live in the small village of Reykhólar (Route 607). In Reykhólar is a museum, supermarket, gas station, restaurant and accommodation. Natural conditions in the district are seemingly prosperous, with the low tide shoreline of Breiðafjörður, inland marshes and countless islets and rocks off the coast creating a favorable environment for birds. The locals have been provident in utilizing the materials provided by nature. A kelp factory is operated in the village of Reykhólar and also a recent salt factory, where raw material is gained from the bountiful Breiðafjörður.

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HÓLAR PETTING FARM

EIRÍKSSTAÐIR

Hólar Búðardalur TEL: +354 897 1674

Haukadal 371 Búðardal TEL: 899 7111 eiriksstadir@eiriksstadir.is www.eiriksstadir.is

holarfarmzoo@gmail.com

Opið/Open: Maí/May - september/September form 9:00 - 17:00

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