Sauðárkrókur is about 290 km, a scenic 3 hr drive from Reykjavik. Situated in the northwest of Iceland Sauðárkrókur is the largest town in the Skagafjörður region. A short detour from the main ring road will bring you to this quiet fishing village with a population of nearly 3,000. The town of Sauðárkrókur is centrally located to many of the main attractions in the Skagafjörður area and nearby districts. So why not stay for a night or two and explore the town and surrounding areas before continuing back on to the main circle route.
Whilst here in town make sure you visit Sútarinn the only fish leather tannery in Europe. Guided tours of the factory are offered daily in the summer season and hides and designer/craft leather products are available for purchase.
Minjahús the local museum is open during the summer season from 1-7pm where you can view a range of historical exhibitions.
If you like to be more active then a horse-riding adventure maybe for you, the Skagafjörður area is renowned for its historic and contemporary association with the horse, it is not unusual to see horses roaming in large groups in this region. They say that there is an Icelandic horse to suit every level of rider from young to old, beginner to the more experienced. There are many horse-riding options for the area and you are sure to find one to suit your needs and abilities.
If you prefer water activities then a river rafting trip in Skagafjörður maybe just what you are looking for. Excursions are offered at different adventure levels from the more extreme to a gentler family experience.
If you are here during the months of September through to March it is highly likely that you will experience the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) as they are a common sighting in Iceland during this time. And if you visit in winter you can enjoy skiing trips on Tindastol just outside of town.
No matter what time of the year you visit whether it be summer when you can explore the wide open spaces and all it has to offer or the pure magic of Iceland in all her winter glory your sure to have an experience of a lifetime.