Hólar Keeps History Alive
Hólar’s small population belies its importance in Icelandic history. With nine centuries of history, it would need days to delve into its past and its achievements. Not only was Iceland’s first printing press brought to Hólar, but Christianity’s early efforts at instilling a strong educational spirit persist in this small university of about 250 students and the bishop’s seat of North Iceland. Hólar church has featured prominently in its history and traces its ancestry to 1106. The current church, built in 1763, houses relics from its illustrious past.
Small, fully equipped cottages and rooms are available to rent year round and can house 100 people in the summer. A campsite is serenaded by a chorus of birdsong, sheltered by trees protecting guests from the chilly winds that often blow in Iceland.
Undir Byrdunni, a restaurant meaning ‘Under the Mountain’, caters a summer buffet at each meal and local specialities like Hólableikja, made from locally-caught arctic char. A geothermal outdoor pool next to the restaurant provides a restful warm soak after dining.Hólar
Hólar • 551 Sauðárkróki
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