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Skemman Café

Follow the old stone path between the church and the cemetery and you'll find a cosy café, located in the oldest house in the historical village of Hvanneyri. Our coffee is sourced from a small coffee roaste called Reykjavik Roasters and our speciality is Belgian waffles with an Icelandic twist. We also offer other homemade treats.

Open 1st June - 13th August daily from 12:00 until 17:00. Closed on Mondays.

Skemman Café

Hvanneyri

GPS Points N64° 33' 35.058" W21° 45' 26.297"
Opening period 01/06 - 14/08
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Originally the home of Skalla-Grimur, father of Egill, hero of Egil´s Saga. Its full name means "rock in the marshes".

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West Iceland

Towns & Villages

The population centres in West Iceland are as varied as they are many. Ten places have over 50 residents and Akranes is the most densely populated with 6,500 inhabitants. 

All of the larger communities put ever-increasing emphasis on dynamic tourism where a wide selection of recreation and services are offered.   

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