Portraits of Skagafjörður #2 – Lilja

Lilja has made her passion a career by becoming a designer, drawing inspiration from the magical and captivating environment of Skagafjörður. Her creations are an ode to the Icelandic Nature.

Lilja wearing one of her creations

Lilja wearing one of her creations

In which area of Skagafjördur do you live?

I live just outside Sauðárkrókur so I have access to the best of both worlds, the town and the country side.

What are you doing for a living ?

I own a small handcraft company named Skrautmen, that I established in 2013, and that is my main work at the moment and I absolutely love it. It’s really amazing to see your ideas come to life. I also found new interest in marketing and have been helping others to market their products and I find that really satisfying. And last but not least, I take some freelance teaching, but I have a BA degree in Sociology and my main focus was social statistics. My inner nerd blossoms through the teaching.

How do you spend your free time in Wintertime and Summertime, and which season do you prefer?

Free time you say? 🙂 In the winter I have found my childhood side again through my 5 year old daughter and love just to go out and have fun in the snow. And you know, go outside with a blanked, hot coco and watch the northern lights while you make snow angels or say an old story.

In the summer I have a checklist that I make every spring to do in Skagafjörður that summer. Last summer it was visiting all the pools and hot springs in Skagafjörður. This summer it is to visit several locations in the country side that I haven’t been to yet. And go bearfoot in the little stream we have beside our house. And of course to go and pick some berries, you have to pick berries.

When you go berry picking and the office cat is there as well ? #nwaiceland #northwestadventures #officecat #dramacat #catsofinstagram #cat #berries #gardening

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What makes Skagafjördur so unique for you ?

The people here and the endless beauty in the nature. I am so lucky most of my family and friends live here and the view, just from my house, is breathtakingly beautiful. And we have so many hidden treasures here in Skagafjörður that you could go on an adventure everyday.

What is your most memorable moment here?

Just one? Then I have to say all the picnics I have gone with my friends and family through the years, or our wedding last summer, that was absolutely wonderful.

Skagafjördur in 3 words ?


„Portraits of Skagafjörður“ aim at presenting you the best of our region,
by the ones in the best position to talk about it: locals! Every month, we
interview someone from Skagafjörður about his/her passion for the region.

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