Skagafjörður is an exceptionally beautiful county / municipality, the fjord and the settlement. The fjord is from Húnsnes at Skagi to Straumnes in Fljót, south of Siglufjörður, on the western side of the northern Iceland. The history in the north was greatly shaped by the influence of the episcopal seat at Hólar in Hjaltadalur, in addition, there were large estates of rulers for centuries in Skagafjörður, such as at Reynistað, Flugumýri, Ás at Hegranes and in Glaumbær. Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, an explorer, lived there. She was born around 975, but she not only went to Greenland, and what is now Canada and the United States, where she gave birth to her son Snorri Þorfinnsson, but she also walked south across Europe to visit the Pope himself in Rome. Today, Skagafjörður is one of the most powerful agricultural and fishing regions in the country, where sheep, cattle and, of course, the Icelandic horse play a central role. Skagafjörður is about 40 km long and 30 km wide, and at the bottom of the fjord on the west side is the settlement’s main settlement, Sauðárkrókur. Well over half of the municipality’s population of 4,090 lives there, and the number has increased by six since last year. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga jumped north, because autumn, yes and winter is and can be exceptionally beautiful in Skagafjörður.

Flower parade in the center of Sauðárkrókur at the end of September

There are several rocks and islands in Skagafjörður, the best known is Drangey which is on the upper left, on the right is Þórðarhöfði

Horses and autumn colours, in Laxárdalur

Walking towards Fjall in Hjaltadalur

The church at Hvammur underneath Mount Tindastóll

The top of Mælifell in the autumn light of September

Skagafjörður : 24/09/2022 : A7R IV, A7C, A7R III – FE 1.4/24mm GM, FE 1.2/50mm GM, FE 1.8/135 GM Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson