All posts filed under “Towns


Akranes gained municipal rights in 1942. The main activities are fishing, fish processing, commerce and industry. The Akranes football team ÍA has a strong influence on the inhabitants of the town and moods can swing according to who won the latest football game. Garðavöllur is […]


Akureyri is the second largest town, after the capital area of Reykjavík, and the centre of trade and services in northern Iceland. It is also a town of culture and education, often called a school town as it boasts many educational establishments, including a university. […]


The largest town in the Strandir region. Witchcraft played a significant role in this area in the 17th Century and this part of local history is wonderfully displayed in the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík.


The stone church was built in 1864-1865. There are many remarkable items in the church. The first cloister in Iceland was founded in 1133 in Þingeyri and it was also an ancient place of assembly.


In 1973 an eruption in Heimaey led to the injury-free evacuation of all of its 5000 inhabitants. One of the main fishing towns in Iceland. Diverse birdlife and nesting capital for the greatest variety of seabirds anywhere in Iceland.


Renowned seal-watching area. Hvammstangi is a pleasant town on the Vatnsnes Peninsula and home to the Seal Centre of Iceland.


The town is characterised by its soulful old houses. The ferry to Flatey and the West Fjords departs from Stykkishólmur.


Religious institution and former Episcopal See. Skálholt was the most important centre of education and government for many centuries. Summer baroque music concerts are held over five weekends in July and August.


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.


One of the most historically significant destinations in Iceland and home to the historian and poet Snorri Sturluson from 1206 – 1241. The annual Reykholt Music Festival is held the last week in July.