Blönduós village is one of the towns by the Ring Road in the Northern Region in Iceland with a population of 865 in 2016. The town has always been a service center and a popular pit stop for those traveling from the south to the north in Iceland. Also for those on a road trip traveling the Ring Road and looking for great thing to see in the Icelandic nature. The village is placed near the Vatnsnes Peninsula and is a neighbor to some stunning natural wonders. Hvítserkur and Borgarvirki on the east side of Vatnsnes and many interesting natural wonders like Kálfhamarsvík and Kolugljúfur. Blönduós, which means the mouth of the river Blanda, is one of the busiest tourist stops in Iceland. For anyone travelling the Ring Road between the Northern Region and the Southern Region, it is a logical stop to rest, eat and fill the tank. It is also an ideal place to stay for a day or two and explore the fascinating nature and surroundings. One of the main characteristics of Blönduós is the river Blanda that splits the town into two cores, the one on the south side and the one on the north side.
An agricultural service village by the shore
Although mentioned in one of the Sagas as a landing place for boats, the town never became a fishing town in the typical Icelandic sense. It is probably the only town or village by the shoreline in Iceland that never developed into a fishing community. One reason might be the fertile soil and large farms in the surrounding area. Blönduós has from the beginning been more of a service center for agriculture and trading. The village is more like the inland towns of Selfoss and Hella in the Southern Region than some of the Fishing villages around the Icelandic coast.
Most of the homes are single family houses
Like many towns and villages around Iceland, Blönduós didn't emerge as a village until the late 19th century. There are few old houses in the village although there is a small cluster of older houses from the first half of the 20 century on the south side of the river. The beautiful little church is from the late 19th century. Most of the houses are single-family houses built in the fifties throughout the eighties. There is also an apartment building, but historically Icelanders prefer to live in single-family homes. Blönduós is like the majority of Icelandic towns and villages in the “warm” are. It is a "green" village heated with geothermal heating.
Blönduós offers good service to its residents
Most of the industry and livelihood in Blönduós evolve around service for agriculture and tourism. It is considered a good town to live in with good quality service for its residents. Education has always been a priority and Blönduós has good schools from preschool to secondary schools. The town also has good healthcare providing excellent healthcare for residents, the nearby agricultural area, and nearby towns. Early on Blönduós had a community center and also has an excellent sports facility and as most Icelandic towns and villages, a good swimming pool.
Blönduós offers good accommodation and a nice café for tourists plus a very nice camp site with great service and location. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Blönduós region.