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Best of Westfjords Iceland July 18-25

By Staff

  • Hólmavík is the home to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft and the Sheep Centre.

This is the Westfjords Iceland section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.


Old school dance in Ögur
Want to experience a traditional “sveitaball”? The annual country ball in Ögur takes place tomorrow, Saturday, in the old community centre Ögur in Ísafjarðardjúp. The old building, which was built in 1926, has housed many dances – most famous of which is the Ögurball. Woollen sweaters, wellies and snaps are mandatory!

More information here.

Tasty eats
“Tjöruhúsið restaurant is located in one of the oldest houses in Ísafjörður which is now part of the maritime museum. The restaurant serves fresh, high quality seafood and is renowned for its quirky, laid-back atmosphere.”
Recommended by Thelma Hjaltadóttir, a receptionist at the district commissioner´s office in Ísafjörður.

Guided hikes around Geirseyrarmúli
Hermann Guðjónsson will take people on guided morning hikes around Geirseyrarmúli for five consecutive mornings (starting on Tuesday July 21st). The meeting point will be in front of the churchyard in Patreksfjörður at 6.30am each morning. According to Hermann, the hikes are relatively easy and suitable for all.

Scorcery and Witchcraft
The Museum of Icelandic Scorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík village is a must visit for all those travelling around the Strandir region. The museum also houses a small restaurant which is famous for its mussels.

All things sheepish
The Sheep Centre in Sævangur is only a short drive from Hólamvík village. The museum features all things sheepish: the history of the stocky, short-tailed Icelandic sheep that roam the open countryside during summer grazing season, lambing season and the annual rounding of the sheep to name a few.
After a tour of the museum one can sit down in Kaffi Kind (Café Sheep) and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while admiring the panoramic view over Steingrímsfjörður fjord.

The Sheep Centre is open daily between 10am and 6pm during the summer months.


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