This is the Part Two of the trip between Reykjavik and Akureyri. Don’t miss Part One! Click here.
From Hvammstangi, you can go around the peninsula Vatnsnes and visit the beautiful Hvitserkur rocks; we recommend you stay the night!
Reykjavik and Akureyri
Now you have gone two-thirds of the way between the Icelandic capital Reykjavik and Akureyri. Blönduós is on your way along road number one. Blönduós is a small town in the Bay of Húnaflói that lives mainly from agriculture, the fishing industry, and tourism. There you will find all the services you need – shops, a hospital, a sports and cultural center, a swimming pool, a camping site, a hotel, cafes and restaurants and even a golf course. Travelers can also discover a craft museum, a textile museum and an exhibition that will teach you everything about Arctic ice and glaciers
The city itself is near the glacial river, Bland originating from the glacier Hofsjökull and you can take a trip to the Bay of Húnaflói. Overlooking the town, you can also see the amazing architecture of the Church in Blönduós, which resembles a volcano crater. The church, designed by Maggi Jónsson, is open daily for tours, from mid-June to mid-August.
Blönduós and its surrounding area are fantastic for anglers since they have the best rivers for trout and salmon fishing. We advise you to get the proper information about what type of fishing permit you require in Blönduós because for some rich, popular rivers; the prices are astronomical.
About twenty kilometers from Blönduós on Route 715 in the Víðidalur Valley is the Kolugljúfur canyon and the waterfall Kolufoss that accompanies it. In such a beautiful area, we recommend to enjoy the best view, stand on the bridge that crosses the river Víðidalsá. This river is rich in salmon and attracts anglers from around the world.
Further along, the road number one is the city of Kolugljúfur in the fjord Skagafjörður, a frequent stop for those who want a bite to eat or to stretch their legs. Kolugljúfur is the last town before Akureyri, and you will find some particular shops, a petrol station, a post office, and of course a public swimming pool. If you want to take a walk, the way to the highest point of the hill Reykjarhóll is fun, and it’s one of the few times trees will surround you in Iceland. The tourist office will direct you if you want to go sightseeing in the area, and activities are numerous from hiking to horseback riding. The region is known for rafting, and central Bakkaflöt further in the valley, will delight the young and the old; you can also spend the night.
Soon you will meet the neck of Öxnadalsheiði (take caution when traveling there in winter). Half an hour before arriving at Akureyri, stop by the pleasantly warm bath at Þelamörk. A little over 400 kilometers have led you to the northern capital of Akureyri, where many surprises await you.
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