What to do?

To most Icelanders the Strandir region is wrapped in an aura of mystery. According to lore it is not only home to ghosts, elves and trolls but witchcraft was also rampant here. In Hólmavík village (25 km) you can visit the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft that attracts a number of visitors each year. The Sorcerer´s Cottage located next door to Hótel Laugarhóll, a turf cottage, modeled after the dwellings of the common people in the 17th century, and a part of the Museum in Hólmavík, is also worth visiting.

Exciting Day Tours

Hótel Laugarhóll is very central in the Strandir area and a great place to stay whilst exploring the beautiful wilderness of Strandir, the eastern-most part of the Westfjords. If staying only for a few days you can go on a number of shorter day tours through neighboring regions in this remote and of the beaten track area.

For example drive up north to Árneshreppur, the smallest farming community in Iceland, and take a swim in the must see, warm swimming pool at the edge of the arctic ocean in Krossnes (80 km). On your way back to Laugarholl explore the ghostly herring factory in Djúpavík (44 km), don´t forget to bring your camera. A 15 min boat trip from Drangsnes (15 km) to admire the lovely puffins in Grímsey island and do some sea angling on the way back is a wonderful experience, www.malarhorn.is. 

Also Hike through the mountains, exploring beautiful waterfalls or just have a relaxing stroll and bird watching on the riverbank of Bjarnarfjarðará river.

To go whale watching from Hólmavík or horseback riding with Strandahestar, visit the eiderdown museum or the seaweed baths in Reykhólar, or drive for one hour and hike for an other to expolre Kaldalón and Drangjökull is great.

We like to point out to you a small, local, independent and licensed tour operator, Theme-travel, in Bjarnarfjörður, just across the river from Hótel Laugarhóll that specializes in the Strandir region of the Westfjords. Theme-travel is run by a local couple, Attí, the forester, and Maggi, the historian. We encourage you to check their website www.theme-travel.is for further information.

The Sorcerer´s Cottage

For centuries the area of Strandir has been closely linked to sorcery and witchcraft. The Sorcerer’s Cottage, which is a part of the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Hólmavík, stands next to Gvendarlaug and is a remarkable replica of a 17th century common people ́s homes in Iceland. Learn about sorcery and about the magic that these farmers used to exploit their victims. Find out about how they lived and how sorcery was practiced, but also learn how sorcerers were the main victims of a witch hunt in Iceland.

The Puffin Gem

Grímsey is the bigest island of shore in Strandir and a real bird paradise. A 15 min boat trip from Drangsnes (15 km) to admire the lovely puffins in Grímsey island and do some sea angling on the way back is a wonderful experience, www.malarhorn.is.