Skagafjordur fjord is an area central to Icelandic history and culture. It is the site of significant events during the 13th century civil war, called Sturlungaöldin or the Age of the Sturlungs. The area was also important in key cultural developments in the centuries afterwards.

There are many historical sites in Skagafjordur fjord and in recent years there have been archeological excavations. Graves from early Christianity in Iceland were discovered but also Viking graves.

Nowadays it’s one of Iceland‘s most prosperous agricultural regions. It has widespread dairy and sheep farming in addition to the horse breeding for which the area is famed. You might not believe this, but horses outnumber people in the area. There are quite many farms in Skagafjordur that offer horse shows and horse riding tours. It’s the ideal place to get acquainted with the versatile qualities of the Icelandic horse in its natural surroundings.

Things to do in Skagafjordur

There are several large glacial rivers in Skagafjordur, who are ideal for river rafting. The fjord itself is about 40 km long and 15 km wide, situated between Trollaskagi to the east and the Skagi Peninsula to the west. There are three islands there, Malmey Island, Drangey Island and Lundey Island (or Puffin island). Drangey Island was at a time the home of the infamous outlaw Grettir Ásmundarsson. Grettir is the main character in the saga Grettis saga.

Check out our complete guide to travelling in North Iceland.