In ancient times Skalholt was the wealthiest, most populated and influential settlement in Iceland. This center of Christianity, culture and education enjoyed a heyday lasting 700 years from the mid-11th century until the end of the 18th.

When Christianity was made the state religion of Iceland in 1000 AD, the very first bishop of the country was ordained and settled at Skalholt in 1056. Today guests can visit the church built from shiploads of Norwegian timber from the 12th century, as well as a museum and sarcophagus of bishop Pall Jonsson carved from a solid block of sandstone.

During summer free classical concerts are offered in the church featuring contemporary music, and early Icelandic music with period instruments.