Sightseeing around Hagi and in Northern Iceland

To do in Hagi:

The land around Hagi is very rich in birdlife. Hagi has been blessed with a rich birdlife and many very rare birds have their breeding grounds on the land and it can be a thrilling experience to go birdwatching in Hagi.

There are two good routes to walk around the land. One short 30min walk takes you past the old “úthús”, pseudocraters and down to the river. River Laxá is one of the most famous salmon rivers in Iceland. A longer, 1-2 hour walk takes you further down with the river and onto the nesting area of several birds, among them the arctic tern. Both these walks could also be used to watch the midnight sun.

At Hagi we also have the Icelandic horse.

To do in Aðaldalur:

In Aðaldalur there are many things to see and do. Close to Hagi is the sheepfold Hraunsrétt, built in 1838. Hraunsrétt is made of lavarocks instead of timber or cement. Sheepfolds play a big part in Icelandic culture and it’s worth driving by it to see.

Grenjaðarstaður museum is a folkmuseum worth exploring. The oldest part of Grenjaðarstaður farm is from 1865.

Another place to visit is Laxárvirkjun, a hydropower station. It also features displays of art during the summer.

If you want to go horseback riding you can visit Garður, a  horse rental farm only 5 minutes from Hagi.

The old road from Sandur provides a great short sightseeing trip of the youngest lavafield in Aðaldalur. The 2000 year old lavafield originating from south-east of Mývatn, 50km away, now provides a beautiful backdrop to watching the Icelandic flora growing under the harsh conditions of northern Iceland.

The nearest swimming pool is in Heiðarbær, about a 10 minute drive from Hagi.

To do in North-Eastern Iceland:

Mývatn is perhaps the most famous place to visit while in Northern Iceland and is only 40 minutes away from Hagi. Most of the water in Mývatn comes from springs and it drains into Laxá river. Mývatn is a stop on the famous Diamond Ring. The Diamond Ring is a 7-10 hour drive through places like Mývatn, Húsavík – the whale-watching capital of the North – and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park with Dettifoss and Ásbyrgi.

You also have Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods) nearby which is the place where Þorgeir the Lawspeaker threw away his pagan idols into the waterfall before converting to Christianity along with his countrymen.