A place in Iceland where the weirdest things are normal
Imagine driving the Ring Road in the North of Iceland at a leisurely pace and finding the need to change stations on your radio. Local stations in general never very entertaining but few expect blazing country music suddenly ripping through the quietness.
It is common knowledge among locals that when your car radio starts picking up Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Rich, Hank Williams and such artists crooning away you are getting close to the small village of Skagastrond. This small place doesn´t offer too much but what little is offered certainly would raise an eyebrow or two from any seasoned traveler.
It is here that the most famous local country & western musician operates his very own country & western radio station and restaurant to boost. Yup, you got it. There really is old-school country & western station run in the remotest of places in Iceland.
The owner Hallbjorn Hjartason is himself a singer and will gladly take requests or even grab a guitar if he´s in the mood but at the very least he´ll show you his country & western museum and take pride in doing so.
Lest you think that is it for the small village, think again. One of the oddest museums you can find on the whole island is the Skagastrond Museum of Prophecies. Ok, it is not a big one but very interesting indeed. There you can get deep knowledge about the very first person calling Skagastrond his home back in the day. That person was a famous fortune-teller and naturally you can get your own fortune told according to old legends.
Quite a feat for such a small community to offer such variety. The best part is the village is just 20 minutes off the Ring Road and a stop won´t take too long.
PS: don´t worry about directions. You will notice immediately.
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