Skagaströnd is known as Iceland’s Country Town, is located on the east coast of Húnaflói bay. The small town boasts a beautiful landscape and a flourishing cultural life. Spákonufellshöfði is a popular outdoor recreational area with marked walking trails. Spákonufell mountain rises above the town, with staked out trekking trails that offer a stunning view of sea and shoreline. The Skagaströnd Museum of Prophecies offers exhibitions, story- and fortune telling, centred around Þórdís the fortune-teller, who was the first recorded inhabitant of Skagaströnd. Adding to the cultural life in Skagaströnd is the Nes Artist Residency, where international artists come to stay and work. Other services are overnight facilities, restaurant, café, country museum, grocery store, a good golf course, free camping site with excellent facilities and a small geothermal swimming pool.
Blönduós is the largest urban area in Húnaflói bay and 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. Blonduos’s main economy is acting as a serving centre, particularly for dairy products, as well as fishing, light industry and tourism. The town is a base for tours in the Húnaflói area and extends across the river Blanda, surrounding Hrútey Island. Hrútey is blessed with a varied birdlife and vegetation and is protected as a country park. The island is accessible by a pedestrian bridge where it is ideal to take a relaxing break or exercise. In Blönduós you’ll find a Handcraft and Textile Museum and a Sea Ice Exhibition Centre. Other services are a hotel, guesthouses, and self-catering accommodation as well as a camping site, restaurants, cafés, diner, super-market, garages, health care centre and a geothermal swimming pool.
Hvammstangi is the largest community in West Húnaþing, the towns trading history spans over 100 years. The Museum of Local Trade by the harbour displays this history. The town boasts of a good harbour from which seal watching and sea angling trips are organised. For the tourist, Hvammstangi is an excellent place to stop to enjoy the good swimming pool and camping site. Other services include crafts gallery, wool factory shop, supermarket , garages, guesthouse, a diner as well as a health care centre. From Hvammstangi is only a short travel to Vatnsnes with a wealth of varied historical sites, beautiful scenery, great views of the mountains at Strandir and last but not least a seal habitat within easy walking distance.
Laugarbakki village is situated in the west Húnaþing district, on the east bank of Miðfjarðará river, close to the Ring Road No. 1. According to the Saga of Grettir the Strong, horse fights took place on the river banks, at Langafit. Laugarbakki is a geothermal site, which sustains not only this friendly village but also that of Hvammstangi. Fishing licenses for the lakes and rivers at Arnarvatnsheiði can be obtained at Laugarbakki, which almost serves as a gate to the highlands. A greenhouse, primary school, sports hall and hot pots can all be found at Laugarbakki. Other services provided include a crafts workshop and a farmers market with handicrafts and local food inspired by the Saga Age, camping site, a and overnight facilities.