In fact, River Blanda which runs through the town divides it into two distinct parts, with the older region located towards the southern side. The southern side, often referred to as the ‘old town’ has homes built during the 19th and 20th century and also showcases Hillebrandshús, which is said to be one of the oldest wooden houses in Iceland.
The tourist information Centre in East Hunavatnssysla is located in the old town. The northern part features more recent structures including companies, school, community centre, supermarket, sports facilities and an excellent swimming pool. Visitors will also admire a beautifully-designed church atop a hill that is shaped like a volcanic crater. There is also an older church in the town which was built around 1894. Though agriculture and tourism drive the town’s economy, the setting up of various textile units have provided the town with an additional revenue avenue. Blönduós now has a Textile Centre, which also offers residency programmes for international artists, besides a wool processing unit. Iceland’s only textile museum too is located in this quaint town.
Among some of the attractions include Hrútey, a tiny island which is located in the middle of the river, with a little walking bridge. The island, which is protected, is a nesting site for birds and remains closed during spring. Blönduós also has a small golf course, camping site, park and angling facilities, besides restaurants and hotels.
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