Reykhólar is a place of natural beauty and historical interest. There is a lot of geothermal heat in the surrounding area, which is very fertile.

The farm here – one of the biggest and richest in Iceland’s history – was perhaps so prosperous because of the diversity of natural wealth in the area: from the abundance of seals, fish and mussels, to the collection of seaweed and eider down.

The church at nearby Staður is maintained by the National Museum of Iceland. It was built in 1864 and is unusual in that it was one of the first wooden churches to be painted, rather than tarred, and is quite well preserved.