If you are interested in bird-watching, the small village of Reykhólar is the perfect hub. The sea closest to shore is very shallow and with a high tidal range. These conditions, combined with the marshes and ponds found inland create a bountiful biota and a perfect environment for a rich bird life.
There is a unique perquisite exhibition at Reykhólar, a museum dedicated to the gifts of nature, and their utilization, in the Breiðafjörður area. From a historical perspective, it shows how birds, seals and fish provided the farmers and fishermen with food and clothes, helping them to get through famines and hardship in the past.
The village is also famous for its kelp factory, the only factory in Iceland that processes seaweed. The products are used in food, animal fodder, fuel, fertilizers and for medicinal purposes, to name just a few.

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Reykholar
GPS Points N65° 26' 44.849" W22° 12' 25.830"
Postal codes

380

Population

271

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Hotel Bjarkalundur
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  • Reykhólasveit
  • 380 Reykhólahreppur
  • 434-7762, 434-7863
Seljanes - Ancient cars
Museums
  • Seljanes
  • 380 Reykhólahreppur
  • 434-7720, 894-1011
Grund - Ancient tractors
Museums
  • Grund
  • 380 Reykhólahreppur
  • 434-7830, 894-1011

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Miðjanes
Farm Holidays
  • Reykhólasveit
  • 380 Reykhólahreppur
  • 434-7787, 893-7787
Hotel Bjarkalundur
Hotels
  • Reykhólasveit
  • 380 Reykhólahreppur
  • 434-7762, 434-7863

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Stadur
Farm food direct
  • Staður
  • 380 Reykhólahreppur
  • 434-7730, 893-1389
Hotel Bjarkalundur
Hotels
  • Reykhólasveit
  • 380 Reykhólahreppur
  • 434-7762, 434-7863
Nature
Geothermal spring path

The hiking path to the geothermal hot spring Einreykur is really fun and educatonal to walk. The hiking trail starts at the swimming pool and you head towards east. the inhabitants of Reykhólar have put boardwalks over the wetlands so that you can walk through the area with dry shoes. The wetlands and the ocean, at low tide, is a paradise for bird watchers. Many species gather around in the area in search for food. You could even find bird watching sheds along the hiking trail.

Nature
Bjartmarssteinn

Vaðalfjöll, the mountains above Bjarkalundur, and Bjartmarssteinn are beautiful and special rock formations that you can't find in many other places. People in Reykhólar believe that Bjartmarssteinn has something to do with elves, also referred to as the hidden people, and stories say that it is their trading post in Breiðafjörður.

Nature
Flatey island

Breiðafjörður is the second biggest fjord in Iceland as it stretches 70 km where it is widest. Where the fjord gets more shallow there are almost uncountable number of islands but if we would have to guess a number, they would be around 2800. Many of those islands were inhabited few decades ago but now almost all are uninhabited. Flatey is the one exception. Flatey is the biggest of the islands in Breiðafjörður. It also is the only island in Breiðafjörður where inhabitants live the whole year round. The inhabitants count as many as 6 persons but during summertime the population multiplies. Many of the other islands in Breiðafjörður used to be inhabited not so long ago like Hvallátur, Svefneyjar and Akureyjar. All the islands have one thing in common. They are all made by the force of glaciers in the ice age. The islands are mostly flat and the geological layers are similar to the ones on the Westfjords. In most of the islands there are many plants and the birdlife is diverse with puffin, eider and black guillemot being the kings of the fjord along with the White-tailed-Eagle. The history tells us that the people that lived in Breiðafjörður never had to deal with shortage of food because of the plentyful gifts of nature such as birds, fish and shells. When there were bad conditions and food shortage was common in Iceland, people fled to Breiðafjörður bay where there was plenty of food for everyone.

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