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A village in Iceland you can hear before you see

Inside the Western House restaurant at Skagaströnd Iceland. PIC Kantríbær

Inside the Western House restaurant at Skagaströnd Iceland. PIC Kantríbær

It is such a small place you will need a magnifier to find it on a regular map. Even on Googlemaps you need to zoom to largest size to get a glimpse. Once you find it, bookmark, for a rather unusual experience when you do arrive in Iceland.

Actually, you might not need the bookmark. You could also keep your car radio on search once you enter Northwest Iceland. Sooner rather than later among the noise made by 99 per cent of local radio stations you will suddenly pick up old-school country music by the truckloads.

It is hard to describe the feeling of driving in lush country far North in Iceland and out of nowhere Nashville style music blasts out like its the most normal thing.

It amazes most foreigners and it has amazed locals for years on end. You see, in the tiny village of Skagastrond a guy has been running a country music station for decades. He does so from his own country and western restaurant. This guy has even made his own country music albums some of which have gotten pretty popular.

Do stop by and cast a greeting or two at Kantribaer, Countryhouse, bar and restaurant. If the lad in question, Hallbjorn Hjartarson, is inside he will take very kindly to most questions and most definitively take any requests for special country songs.

 

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