Sunday, September 30, 2012
Hólmavík. The main employee and the showman is Siggi who is a guide not only with his body but also with his soul fully. We were visiting as a group and were privileged to have theatrical sightseeing with all the important details while exploring Icelandic witchcraft. Now, Siggi is not only a great guide but also excellent cook and thus he spoiled us with muscles directly from the fjord and home-made bread and home-grown parsley and delicious sauce......hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. definitely recommended. We were there out of the main season but lucky with a nice autumn day so one could enjoy local hikes to the full. Afternoon was dedicated to a unique visit. We drove south of Hólmavík and ended up in Sheep´s museum. Well, I was having doubts about the place - hearing the name did not really make me imagine exciting place to visit. However, the reality turned out to be the opposite. Powerful story of a community house which was getting abandoned and neglected and then revived by local enthusiasts who proudly gathered local sheep farmers and created a really inviting place in the memory of sheep farming in Iceland, with special focus on local area of Strandir. Sævangur - this is what the house is called - has a small and cosy coffee bar where guests can sit down and relax over a cup of coffee and genuine Icelandic cakes and bread. Handicraft- and souvenir store placed in the lobby of Sævangur sells crafts made mostly by locals. And last but not least, just a stone-throw away from Sævangur one can watch seals and edier ducks and even visit natural hot pots in the vicinity, such as (Drangsnes and Krosnesslaug. We are really excited about Westfjords and recommend you to take good week or two to explore them and enjoy hikes and culture it has to offer.