Formerly the main herring fishing town of Iceland. The Herring Museum, the largest maritime and industrial museum in Iceland, is located here. The Museum received the Micheletti European Museum Award in 2004.
The capital of the West Fjords, one of the largest fishery centres in the country. At Neðstakaupstað there are protected buildings dating back to the time of Danish Trading Associations. The oldest house is dated 1757.
One of the most historically significant places in Iceland and an Episcopal See for centuries. Hólar was also the Norths capital for over 700 years. A church has been present at Hólar since the 11th Century.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, with two tiers totalling 32m in height. Plans to dam the falls in 1900 were thwarted thanks to a campaign led by a local housewife, Sigríður from Brattholt, who fought tooth and nail against this development.