A five-hour drive away from the capital area, the North’s spectacular sights and vast unspoiled nature will amaze the most seasoned of travellers. Drive towards its coastline where the sun never sets and enjoy everything the North has to offer—from its many canyons and hiking trails, to more urban environments. Whether you choose to visit the up-and-coming town of Siglufjörður or fine-dine in the countryside; whether you go for a week-long hike in Fjörður or decide to travel all the way to Húsavík for a whale watching tour; whether you’ll be driving across the otherworldly landscape of Askja or the mellow hills of Mývatn, you’re inevitably bound to take on an adventure you’ll never forget.
This small, newly renovated café is almost on the shore of Lake Mývatn. “They do everything themselves, from smoking their trout to making their own mozzarella,” said the panel. Gaze at the windswept countryside through the vast floor-to-ceiling windows while you delve into one of their fragrant homemade cakes, or go pet the cows if you have little ones with you. They’ll be delighted.
Originally a slaughterhouse, Sjavarborg occupies a special place in the heart of Hvammstangi with a quirky but elegant atmosphere. You’ll find an entire page dedicated to eclectic noodle-based dishes, but the menu is rather classic, with choices for meat eaters and vegans alike. Go for the fish soup and sit by the windows at sunset.
Since the Moroccan-born master chef Jaouad Hbib began running the restaurant, Siglunes really turned things around. With a warm Mediterranean twist on Icelandic ingredients and an intensely flavoursome menu that changes every day, this exotic gem of the North is well worth a visit. Such is the restaurant’s reputation that you should book in advance.
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