The museum exhibits a unique collection of homemade wool and textile items. It also contains beautiful Icelandic national costumes and artistic embroideries along with many of the tools and equipments used to produce them. The museum is the only one of its kind in Iceland. It was founded by the Women?s Union in the district and was opened at the centennial of Bl?ndu?s in 1976.
A short drive south from Blonduos is the Thingeyrar Church, built 1864-1877. This church is one of the most noteworthy churches in Iceland. It is built in the Romanesque style fram granite blocks almost one meter thick. The ceiling is painted with 1000 golden stars and the church has 1000 small windowpanes. Thingeyrar was through the ages one of the largest estates in the county. The farm and the church can be seen from Highway no. 1. It was decided to build a monastery at Thingeyrar, the first in Iceland, and it was was founded in 1133. It followed the monastic order of Benedicts of Nurcia but the old church was dedicated to Saint Nicholas. We know that a this monastery, which has now completely disappeared, many of the Icelandic sagas of old were written.
There is a small airstrip near the town but no scheduled flights these days. Highway no. 1 runs through the outskirts of town, and the busses from Reykjavik to Akureyri stop there every day. 244km from Reykjavik and 145 from Akureyri.
Warm wind- and rainproof clothing and good walking boots. The weather is typical Icelandic. Sometimes it can rain for days.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Can be bought at shops or drug store.
Photo Equipment: Goes without saying.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Yes, if you want to camp there is a good camping ground. A swimming pool is nearby. So pack your swimsuit.
Some of the best salmon rivers in Iceland are located in the district around Bl?ndu?s. Big River Blanda is one of them. Another is the river Lax? ? ?sum (one of the most expensive in the country), a short drive to the south from Bl?ndu?s, and Vatnsdals? in the beautiful valley of Vatnsdalur (Lake Valley), also a short drive south of town. 10 min. drive to the north is another Lax? (=salmon river), small but set in beautiful surroundings. It is the river of my youth as I grew up nearby. Off the beaten path and more northerly is another small river, Hall?. Trout is also plentiful in mountain lakes and rivers.
About 15-20 years ago the town council of Bl?ndu?s bought a small estate a few minutes drive north of town. This place is called Vatnahverfi (Lake District) because of its many small lakes full of trout. The grounds are very popular for trekking and trout fishing, and of course golfing. Because they built a 9-hole golf course there (par 35).