West Húnaþing

Húnaþing Vestra or Vestur-Húnavatnssýsla district, as the region was known prior to the merger of municipalities in the area, is 2580 square kilometres in size. It is bordered by Hrútafjörður and Hrútafjarðará river on Holtavörðuheiði heath to the west, whereas in the south the border is near the watershed on Arnarvatnsheiði heath. The Gljúfurá river divides it from Austur-Húnavatnssýsla district in the east.
The Local Museum for Húnavatn and Strönd. The museum is located at Reykjaskóli school in Hrútafjörður. School dormitories are operated in winter. The museum has various notable artefacts on display from the Strönd and Húnavatnssýsla district. There is a special exhibition about shark fishing in Húnaflói Bay, an area of great productivity in the 19th and part of the 20th centuries. A shark fishing vessel, Ófeigur from Ófeigsfjörður, is on display. Ófeigur is a 10-oar vessel that was constructed solely from driftwood. An old sitting room is also on display along with many interesting artefacts related to farming life in times long past.

 Hiking trails:

  • Hveraborg is a thermal area at Tvídægra. Part of the hot spring emerges in Sika river, where it is possible to bathe in two natural hot pots. There is a lodge, and marked trails lead from the deserted farm, Fosssel.
  • Vatnsnes. Marked walking trails lead from west to east over Mt. Vatnsfjall, between Káraborg above Hvammstangi, where there is a good view, and Grundar. A marked sealwatching spot is at Svalbarði. The coastal landscapes are very diverse, and in bright weather the view to Strand is beautiful. A marked trail leads to Hvítserkur, a short distance from Ósar, where the chances of seeing seals are very good. Arctic tern nesting area.
  • Gauksmýri. Only a short distance to the bird-watching lodge at the pond. A special path for disabled people which leads to a bird watching house.

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