Historic Hólar

​An important centre of culture and learning throughout the centuries, Hólar became the episcopal see for North Iceland in 1106.

Today, it is home to the Hólar University and the iconic Hólar Cathedral, the oldest stone church in Iceland.

Visit Nýjibær, an old authentic Icelandic  turfhouse built in 1860, and learn all about the Icelandic horse in the Historical Centre of the Icelandic Horse.

If you are thirsty after a day of exploring, a visit to Iceland’s smallest micro-brewery, Bjórsetur Íslands, is an excellent destination!

Unique nature

Experience the beauty and tranquility of the Hólar forest and the historic Hjaltadalur valley.

Surrounded by majestic mountains, there are a number of hiking trails of various length around Hólar, enfused by the areas historic past.

Enjoy the thriving bird-life and the calm tones of this beautiful area

We are proud of the nature and history in the area and emphasise sustainability and responsible tourism.


Hólar í Hjaltadal is a small university village, only 11 km from the ring road, a 25 minute drive from Sauðárkrókur and an hour and a half from Akureyri.

Although an exciting destination on its own, Hólar is also a great place from which to explore the bountiful Skagafjörður area!