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Reykhólar (Iceland)
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Coordinates 65 ° 27 ′  N , 22 ° 12 ′  W Coordinates: 65 ° 27 ′  N , 22 ° 12 ′  W
Basic data
Country Iceland


local community Reykhólahreppur
Residents 120 (January 1, 2019)
Reykhólar at Breiðafjörður
Reykhólar at Breiðafjörður

Reykhólar (Isl. Reykhólar "smoking hills") is the capital of the municipality of the same name Reykhólahreppur in the south of the Vestfirðir region in northwest Iceland . On January 1, 2019, the place had 120 inhabitants.


The place is located on Breiðafjörður on the Reykjanes peninsula , south and at the foot of Reykjanesfjall . The place is located in a geothermal area .


Climate diagram of Reykhólar

The annual mean in Reykhólar is 3.9 ° C, the rainfall 543 mm. The highest temperatures are reached in July.


Settlements on the site of today's Reykhólar can be proven since the time of the conquest . In the Middle Ages, the farm and the property belonging to it were considered to be one of the richest in the country and its owners were influential men. A large number of islands in Breiðafjörður belong to the original Reykhólar farm, which means that the owner had a lot of additional income from hunting - especially for seals -, fishing and eider breeding.

The Grettislaug natural pool is located in this area , named after the figure of Grettir from the saga of the same name . Characteristically, the legendary hero stayed at the rich farm for a winter, where he performed heroic deeds such as fighting with berserkers and carrying a bull from the boat to the mainland.

Culture and sights

Reykhólar Church

The Reykhólakirkja was built 1,963th

Economy and Infrastructure

In 1974 a seaweed processing factory was built about 2 km outside the village.


The distance to Reykjavík is approximately 234 kilometers by road. Road 607 leads to the village .

Web links

Commons : Reykhólar  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Jens Willhardt, Christine Sadler: Iceland . 3rd updated and revised edition. Michael Müller, Erlangen 2003, ISBN 3-89953-115-9 , p. 611.