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Getting There

By Car -- The Ring Road passes to the south of Skagafjörður's major sights. Route 75 meets the Ring Road at Varmahlíð -- 294km (183 miles) from Reykjavík and 94km (58 miles) from Akureyri -- and proceeds north to the Glaumbær Folk Museum, Sauðarkrókur, and western Skagafjörður. From the Ring Road 5km (3 miles) east of Varmahlíð, Route 76 leads 97km (60 miles) to Siglufjörður, along the east side of Skagafjörður, past the roads to Hólar and Hofsós.

The only car rental agency in Sauðárkrókur is National/Bílaleiga Akureyrar (tel. 461-6000; www.nationalcar.is).

By Bus -- Trex (tel. 587-6000; www.trex.is) runs at least one bus daily year-round between Reykjavík and Akureyri, stopping at Varmahlíð. Reykjavík to Varmahlíð takes 5 hours and costs 5,800kr ($93/£46); Akureyri to Varmahlíð takes 85 minutes and costs 1,800kr ($29/£14). A bus between Varmahlíð and Sauðárkrókur runs at least twice daily, June through August, and is timed to connect with the Reykjavík-Akureyri bus. Another bus running between Sauðárkrókur and Siglufjörður stops at Hólar and Hofsós. Departures are every day but Saturday, from June through August, and are timed to connect with flights from Reykjavík.

By Plane -- Eagle Air (tel. 562-2640; www.eagleair.is) connects Reykjavík to Sauðarkrókur six times weekly from June through August (twice Tues and Fri, once Thurs and Sun) and five times weekly from September through May (twice Tues, once Thurs, Fri, and Sun). Flights are approximately 40 minutes and 7,180kr ($115/£57) one-way.

Visitor Information

Skagafjörður's tourist information office is in Varmahlíð (tel. 455-6161; www.visitskagafjordur.is; June 1-June 14 and Sept daily 9am-5pm, June 15-Aug 9am-7pm, Oct-May daily 10am-3pm), in a turf-roofed building next to the N1 gas station, and has a free Internet terminal. The website www.northwest.is has good listings of local services. For Siglufjörður, tourist information is at the Herring Era museum.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.