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When it comes to art and culture, there is plenty to choose from. From
„happenings“ to more classic art exhibitions, anything can be found in most parts of the
country and in the most unlikely places. Concerts are held at larger concert halls or even in
the performers’ living room.

Crafts & Design

All types of craft and design have become popular all over the country.
The variety is quite remarkable and it´s safe to say that the local´s creative spirit is very
active. Craft and design products are sold at special markets, specialty stores or via the artists’

Cultural Centres

Hosting all kinds of cultural events and educational programs for people of
all ages. Cultural centers are located in most parts of the country.


There is no shortage of different kinds of exhibitions, all over the country. They
are dedicated to anything from toys to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Art exhibitions
also vary greatly and may be found in all sorts of places.


Museums: Iceland has all kinds of museums. Most of them are pretty standard but others are
dedicated to more abstract things, such as ghosts and other curious phenomena.

What does West Iceland Sagaland stand for?

Whether you are travelling on foot, by bicycle, on horseback
or driving, your trip will be much more interesting with good
guidance or information about the places you visit.
• Interpretation and study of nature in West Iceland
• Geology of West Iceland
• Stories of outlaws
• Folk tales and stories of elves and trolls
• Social and cultural history of West Iceland
• Customs and employment in West Iceland
• Fishing stories of West Iceland
• Stories of the settlement and the heroes of the Icelandic sagas
• Stories of the university communities of West Iceland
• Stories of the development of West Iceland
• Stories of pilgrims and entrepeneurs
• Travel stories

Share your stories of your trip through West Iceland with your
family and friends.

Visitor Centres

Located at most of the larger and more popular nature sites, museums and
cultural establishments, visitor centers provide information and the chance to purchase

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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Map Hellissandur, Rif Grundarfjörður Stykkishólmur Búðardalur Dalir Arnarstapi Hellnar Snæfellsnes Bifröst Húsafell Reykholt Borgarfjörður Hvanneyri Borgarnes Hvalfjörður Akranes Ólafsvík Bjarteyjarsandur