Although at some distance from the main traffic and Ring Road Skagaströnd is a village worth visiting. It is also a logical stop if you are visiting the magnificent Kálfhamarsvík basalt column bay. It is also a great place to visit if you intend to take the loop from the ring road and travel to Sauðárkrókur and Siglufjörður. Like Blönduós the village 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. Somewhere in the cliffs, on top of the Prophetess Mountain that towers over the village Skagaströnd, is an enormous treasure chest loaded with valuables. What is more, the key stands in the keyhole. It was put there by Þórdís the prophetess many centuries ago. Since Þórdís was knowledgeable in witchcraft, the chest has a magic spell. Unless you can break the spell, you will only see the chest as part of the cliffs. Throughout the centuries, no one has been able to break the spell, so apparently the treasure is still there.
An old trading place that developed slowly
For the area around the southern and eastern part of Húnaflói, the bay east of the West Fjords, Skagaströnd was the trading place as far back as the 15th century. A trading place that served a large area. Even though the place developed into a small cluster of houses early, and even though it had a harbor and was considered a good landing place for vessels, it did not evolve into a larger town with service for the surrounding part of Iceland. Many towns with such history in trading became the center town for the area in the 20th century. This role was more or less taken over by the village of Blönduós, a bit south from Skagaströnd.
Skagaströnd is a fishing village
Although most of the trading and service developed at Blönduós in the 20th century, Skagaströnd continued to grow. Unlike Blönduós, it had a good harbor and fishing and fish processing developed, and is today the main economic base of the small village. Today Skagaströnd has taken an interesting path of development. The economic base is getting broader as the village is moving to new interesting fields like research in biotechnology. It has also opened a residency for artists and is starting to develop towards more participation in tourism.
A beautiful setting under the mountain Spákonufell
Skagaströnd is a neat fishing village with most of the service required by residents in a modern Icelandic village. The town has a Kindergarten, a primary and secondary school and a sports center. A community center, a church and health care center. The village has a charming location by the shore with the mighty mountain Spákonufell in the background.
For anyone traveling in Iceland in the Northern Region Skagaströnd has an excellent campsite and offers interesting hiking paths on the village mountain Spákonufell (Prophetess Mountain). The village also offers accommodation and has a restaurant and a pleasant café, Bjarmanes, the coffee house by the sea.
If you are going to visit the Northern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Skagaströnd region.