Hot springs can be found at Reykir, and Hveravellir. The river
Blanda has been harnessed with a 54 km2 reservoir in the moors.
The machinery for the hydroelectric power plant is housed 300m
below the surface of the earth.
There are two towns in the district: Skagaströnd, a fishing
village at the eastern side of the bay, lately better known for
country music, and Blönduós at the estuary of the Blanda river,
a center of commerce and services.
There are many historic sites in the district. Þingeyrar, where
the first monastery in Iceland was established in 1133, offers a
magnificent view of the area and a beautiful church built of
stone, which houses many historic pieces of art. The deserted
farm Þórhallastaðir in Vatnsdalur is best known for the
legendary Grettir´s wrestling match with the ghost Glámur. In
1830, the last execution in Iceland took place in
Vatnsdalshólar. By Highway No.1 by the stone Gullsteinn there is
a memorial of Þorvaldur the widely travelled, the first
Icelandic Christian missionary.