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The best backup source for accommodation is Icelandic Farm Holidays (tel. 570-2700; www.farmholidays.is), which has several member farms in the Skagafjörður Valley south of the Ring Road, and the tourist information office at Varmahlíð.

Hós

If researching your family tree keeps you in Hofsós overnight, the Icelandic Emigration Center can find accommodation for you. Gistiheimilið Sunnuberg, Suðurbraut 8 (tel. 453-7310; June-Aug 7,700kr/$123/£62 double; Sept-May 5,500kr/$88/£44 double) has five acceptable rooms with private bathroom. Lónkot, 13km (8 miles) north of Hofsós, does not have private bathrooms but is a nicer place to stay, with beds going for 4,900kr ($78/£39) per person.

Siglufjörður

From June to August, the local sports center Hóll (tel. 467-1284), at the end of Langeyrarvegur past the museum, has inexpensive sleeping-bag accommodation in basic rooms for three to six people, with a communal kitchen and a campsite. Hvanneyri, below, is the only other non-camping option; though, if it's full, the Herring Era Museum can probably find someone to put you up.

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.