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By Sara McMahon

  • What a view Inga Rut Pétursdóttir lives in Árskógssandur, North Iceland. She maintains that one of the best things about the town is the magnificent ocean view. Photo/Inga Rut

Inga Rut Pétursdóttir owns the charming , little concept store Sirka, located at Skipagata 6 in Akureyri. She lives in the tiny village of Árskógssandur, North Iceland, with her husband Einar Þorsteinn Pálsson, their three children, Júnía, Eyvör Elva, and Pétur Jökull, the dog Kasper and the cat Torres. Einar Þorsteinn also has a daughter, Kara, living in Reykjavík. Árskógssandur is a small fishing village located in the scenic Eyjafjörður fjord, with a population of roughly 120 people who, according to Inga Rut, are like her extended family.


How long have you lived in the area?
“I have lived here most of my life, both here and in Akureyri. I was born and raised here and so are my children.”

What´s the best thing about the area, why did you choose to live there?
“The best thing about the area is the stillness and the closeness to nature. When looking out the kitchen window, we sometimes spot whales swimming in the ocean. Another quality is the magnificent ocean view and the close proximity to the neighbouring villages of Akureyri and Dalvík. I may not always live in Árskógssandur, but it will always be my home.”


Inga Rut Pétursdóttir 

runs a charming store in Akureyri called Sirka.

Mention 4 places that are a must-see or do in the area and why?
1. The harbour area is always teeming with life when the fishing boats come in with their catch of the day. The ferry to Hrísey island also leaves from here, adding to the hustle and bustle, and then you have the children jigging on the docks.
2. Bruggsmiðjan brewery is located in Árskógssandur. They produce the craft beer Kaldi and a visit to the brewery is highly recommended.
3. There are beautiful hiking trails dotted around the area and a cozy little forest by the river where you can stop for a picnic.
4. The sunset from Árskógssandur is often absolutely stunning.

Does the area have a famous landmark?
“We have no famous landmark to speak of. But Hrærekur, the only king to be buried in Iceland, is buried right here. According to legend, Hrærekshóll (Hrærekur Hill), where the king is buried, is enchanted. Should the hill ever be leveled, the Stærri-Árskógur church will burn to the ground.”


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