Greinasafni: Sveitarfélög
Nothing in Sight but Nature
Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Skaftárhreppur District
If you travelling south on Road No. 1, you should stop when you enter Skaftárhreppur and take a look of the pearls of nature which are as unique as their history.

The Skaftárhreppur district derives its name from Skaftá river, which is 115 kilometres in length, rising beneath the Skaftárjökull glacier and flowing to the sea. Skaftárhreppur covers a very large territory, fully 7% of Iceland's total land area. With a population of only 447 inhabitants, there are about 15.5 km2 per person. You can be sure to find peace and quiet here, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind. The cornerstone of the local economy is the agriculture and animal husbandry, while tourism is a growing sector.

On Fire in the Basement
The geology of Skaftárhreppur has been evolving over the past centuries, creating marvellous pearls of nature caused mainly by volcanic eruptions and the sudden floods that come from the glaciers. The last two years have been especially noteworthy. In 2010, there was an eruption in Eyjafjallajökull and in 2011 in Grímsvötn. A lot of ash fell on Skaftárhreppur but the inhabitants united together and have now cleaned it up, so it is easy to enjoy peaceful surroundings and nature.

Hiking in History
There are numerous other wonders of nature in Skaftárhreppur. Systrastapi (Sister's Rock) is one of them, a steep-sided rocky hill west of Klaustur. Folklore says that two nuns were buried up on the rock after being burned at the stake for breaking their vows more than 1000 years ago. Systrafoss (Sister Falls) are beautiful twin waterfalls, surrounded by towering 65 year-old pines and is located in Klaustur. Then there is Eldgjá (Fire Canyon), a spectacular volcanic canyon 270 metres deep. 600 metres wide and over 70 km long. The newest attraction is Geo Hikes, consisting of a brand new 20 km marked hiking trail that circles Klaustur, with informative signs giving insights as how the unique geology in the area is constantly evolving.

A Touch of the Irish
Kirkjubæjarklaustur, with its 120 inhabitants, is the centre of commerce, service and industry.  The town’s name, which is often shortened to Klaustur, refers to long and interesting story of Irish hermits who are believed to have lived at Kirkjubær before the Norse settlement of Iceland. Tradition says that it has always been inhabited by Christians and the pagans were not welcome.

Soothe the Stress Away
There is nothing to beat a refreshing swim and relaxing dip in a hot pot - especially after a day’s hiking, regardless of weather. The outdoor swimming pool at Klaustur has recently been rebuilt into a high-quality pool.

Skaftárhreppur
Klausturv. 15 • 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustri
+354 487 4840
sveitarstjori@klaustur.is
www.klaustur.is

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