What to do in Hvammstangi
Halfway between Reykjavík and Akureyri, only three minutes from the Ring Road one can find this little gem of a village, and turning is worth it! Hvammstangi (pronounced: Kvamm-stown-gee) is the western starting point of the new tourist route Arctic Coast Way as well as a gateway to the Vatnsnes peninsula.
What’s not available here you don’t need
Before we explore the sights that can be found around Hvammstangi, let's stock up on everything we need in the town’s legendary supermarket. The Kaupfelag is one of very few cooperatively operated grocery stores left in Iceland and for over 110 years now, it has successfully been serving its customers under the motto „what’s not available here, you don‘t need.“ It’s true.
Treasure Hunting in Local Shops
Scattered around town one can find even more treasures: KIDKA,one of the largest knitting factories in Iceland and its wool factory shop, the old Trade Museum and local handicraft shop Bardúsa as well as the craft and souvenir shop Verslunin Hlín. Whatever you search for: you‘ll find it.
Where walking -”distance” is too much of a word
While crossing the town on its main road takes barely 10 minutes by walking, it has extraordinarily much to offer for its size (700 inhabitants). The supermarket also marks the “city center” encompassing the harbor, Seal Center as well as Bank, Post Office, and the fish restaurant Sjávarborg.
A few roads up, a surprisingly large swimming pool with a waterslide, 3 different hot tubs, and a gym take care of wellness needs and fun entertainment for kids.
A Camping place to stretch one’s legs
A walking path along the river leads up to the idyllic campsite and its hiking paths. Hikes in different lengths eventually offer a breathtaking view over the town, the fjord and on good weather days, over to the Westfjords.
The Vatnsnes Peninsula and more Next-door attractions
Hvammstangi is perfect for relaxing and getting used to the stress-free Icelandic small-town life, but it is also the ideal basecamp to explore the Vatnsnes peninsula and more beautiful treasures around:
The 90-kilometer-long coastline around Vatnsnes is home to the Instagram-famous sea-stack Hvítserkur (also called dinosaur rock), a large seal colony and one of Iceland's most famous murder cases
one of Iceland's most famous murder casesdating back to the 1830s.