Reykhólar is a small village located in the south part of the Westfjords in Iceland. It is a small and peaceful village with population around 120 people. The area is actually one of the hidden pearls of Iceland with beautiful scenery, numerous fjord and islands surrounding the area and an amazing birdlife where most bird species can be found.
Photo from www.westfjords.is
Since ancient time, Reykhólar was one of the largest estate farm in Iceland and has a very interesting history. Many of the most powerful and wealthiest people of Iceland have lived there in the past and Jón Thoroddsen (1818-1868) poet was born there.
There is a lot to see and do in Reykhólar, like interesting hiking trails, bird-watching areas and geothermal areas but Reykhólar actually means the Steam-Hill. It is also ideal to take a day trip from Reykhólar to see some of the wonders of Westfjords, including Látrabjarg and Rauðisandur beach. The only seaweed processing factory in Iceland, Þörungarverksmiðjan Thorverk is located in Reykhólar and it is possible to relax in an outdoor seaweed bath.
You will also find good accommodation, including camping area and hostel in Reykhólar as well as an outdoor swimming pool.
The drive from Reykjavík to Reykhólar takes about 3 hours (220 km). Take Ring Road Nr. 1 heading north and then road nr. 60 to the Westfjords. Turn on Reykholavegur road nr. 607 and then drive until Reykhólar.