HISTORY
NATURE
 

THE CATHEDRAL

During the summer you are welcome to attend Sunday Mass at 14:00 led by Bishop Solveig Lára Guðmundsdóttir and concerts at 16:00.

The Church is open for tourists on week days for guided tours.

 

ICELANDIC HORSE HISTORY CENTRE

 

The museum of the Icelandic Horse History Centre displaying the history of the Icelandic horse is open from 10:00-18:00 from June 1st through September 15th.

TURF HOUSE

Nýibær is an example

of 19th century turfhouse

in northern Iceland. The use

of space, building materials and techniques are typical of their time and place. The farmhouse is open free of charge for all visitors during summer months.

 

HÓLAR UNIVERSITY

Hólar University is a growing institution offering quality education and a strong research program.

The institution is an internationally recognized center for education and research in three specialized fields: equine science,

aqua-culture and aquatic biology, and tourism studies. 

HÓLAR CAMPSITE

If you wish to be closer

to nature consider staying

at campground in Hólar surrounded by one of the oldest forest in Iceland. While staying at campsite you are welcome to drop by our restaurant for a tasty meal.

LONG TRAILS

Hólabyrða

The city is located at the foot of the Mt. Hólabyrða.

The trail is about 4 km to the top, 840 m elevation gain. Very strenuous and steep.

SHORT TRAILS

Gvenderskal

Gvenderskal is a ledge half way up to the top of Holabyrða, where bishop Guðmundur Arason was said to go daily

to pray.

The trails is 2 km one way,

400 m elevation gain.

 

HOT SPRINGS

Bishop's Pool

Small natural hot spring at the end of the valley near farm Reykir.

Unfortunately original pool

is currently overgrown but you can still see boiling river.

 

 

If you wish to know more about Hólar and its history, you are invited to follow Hólar History Trail.

The brochures about local history and area are also available in the University Building.

OTHER TRAILS

Grjótárdalur

 Follow the path upstream along the Grjótá river deep into the glacier valley to experience the beauty of this area and have a chance to see glacier.

ICELANDIC HORSES

Hólar is well known for its trained horses but also the ones that roam free on the fields in the valley. Their friendly attitude makes it easy to approach them during your short walks.

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If you wish to know more about local area, there is a map with description of the trails hang on the wall close to the main entrance of the University building, or you can purchase paper map inside or ask about trails and area in the reception.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

SWIMMING POOL

 

Located in University main building and is open 9 - 17

on week days.

You can enjoy open-air natural hot water swimming pool,

hot tub and sauna.

 

BEER CENTER

Bjórsetur Íslands is a brewpub run as a hobby bar. All the work at the bar is volunteering

so it is usually open on Friday evenings, but it happens that openings are canceled without notice.

 

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WINTER SEASON

SKIING

Cross-country skiing

Hólar Woods and the valley offers many opportunities for off-track skiing.

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Thanks to remote location and low light pollution the valley

is a great place to gaze

at spectacle of mystical Northern Lights during long winter nights.

 
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CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Hólar í Hjaltadal

where history meets beautiful

landscape of Northern Iceland

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