Hvammstangi, a town in the north-western region with a rich trading history since 1846, is situated next to Miðfjörður fjord on the Vatnsnes Peninsula. Located close to the Ring Road, it is about 198 km north of the capital city.
Hvammstangi, a town in the north-western region with a rich trading history since 1846, is situated next to Miðfjörður fjord on the Vatnsnes Peninsula. Located close to the Ring Road, it is about 198 km north of the capital city. Being a strategic service center for the adjoining region, Hvammstangi’s economy relies on fishing, tourism, administration services, small businesses and boasts of having the biggest sewing and knitting factory in Iceland.
Its role as a regional educational provider too has been acknowledged. The town has all major facilities including hotels, restaurants, supermarket, swimming pool, health center, banking services etc, besides and even a multi-facility cliff-facing campsite. It also has a trade museum, Bardúsa, which provides visitors a broad overview of the business functioning of early settlers and the town’s gradual development. If you are fond of watching Icelandic seals in their natural habitat, Hvammstangi, which is often dubbed as the seal capital of Iceland, is the perfect place, where you can see different varieties of seal.
The village also has a Seal Centre, which elaborates on their significance to Icelandic folklore, besides enlisting the seal varieties available around the country. The port-town, which has a waterfall nearby and offers an amazing view of Miðfjörður, also promotes sea-angling tours. Other attractions include a visit to the jagged rock Ánastaðastapi and the amazing 15-meter high basalt rock formation standing majestically in Húnafjörður Bay. Of course, various exciting options unfold as one proceeds towards the Vatnsnes Peninsula.
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