Skagafjörður has a rich background represented by a variety of historical sites, that are precious testimonies of the region’s history.
Not far from Hotel Varmahlíð, you will find many museums and exhibitions, closest to the hotel are the turf church at Víðimýri; the famous Glaumbær museum and the old stable at Lýtingsstaðir.
Víðimýrarkirkja church is one of Iceland’s very few turf churches to have been preserved. At the beginning of the 20th century, there was uncertainty about even its fate, but gradually people realized how invaluable it was as a cultural asset. The Keeper of National Antiquities himself, Matthías Þórðarson, took the initiative towards protecting the church, which was eventually purchased by the state and placed under the oversight of the National Museum. Víðimýri Church is still in use as a parish church.
Glaumbær Museum: For more than half a century the Skagafjörður Heritage Museum has presented an exhibition in the turf farmhouse of Glaumbær. Within the authentic buildings, everyday tools are displayed in their natural environment, bearing witness to vanished times and the daily activities of people in Iceland’s past.
Next to the Glaumbær turf house museum, you can enjoy a pancake and hot chocolate in the cozy old-fashioned tearoom.
Lýtingsstaðir – The Old Stable: Inspired by the long history of the farm Lýtingsstaðir, a horse stable and a storage room was built there in 2015.
The two gabled houses combine turf, stones, and wood, and they are masterpieces of traditional, even if nowadays very rare, Icelandic craftsmanship. Listen to the story of how horses were kept on farms in the old days and have a look at the display featuring old tools, tack, and other items connected with horses and farming.
More interesting history you can find at; 1238 The battle of Iceland and Puffin and Friends in Sauðárkrókur, the exhibitions and buildings at Hólar; the regional transportation museum at Stóragerði, and the Icelandic Emigration Centre at Hofsós.
You can obtain further information from the Varmahlíð Tourist Information Centre or from visitskagafjordur.is.