Kirkjubæjarklaustur

  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • The chapel at Kirkjubærjarklaustur vas built to honour the priest Jón Steingrímsson the Firepriest
    The chapel at Kirkjubærjarklaustur vas built to honour the priest Jón Steingrímsson the Firepriest
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
  • Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland
    Kirkjubærjarklaustur is a tiny village in the Sourhern Region in Iceland

The small village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Klaustur (The Monastery), has only recently advanced from a cluster of houses to a level of the village, or a hamlet. At least in a historical sense. It is one of the smallest villages in Iceland with permanent residents all year round. For many reasons, this village has quite a different history than most towns and villages.  It is not located on the shore, but inland, and has no access to the sea or fishing grounds. The village has one of the best climates in Iceland and fertile farms as neighbours. It is also neighbor to many natural wonders like Jökulsárlón, Fjaðrárgljúfur, and Lakagígar.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur got its name from Monasteries in Iceland's early history 

The farm was a Monastery as early as the ninth century, according to the Book of Settlement.  Around 1200, a nunnery was established and was in operation until 1550 when Iceland converted from Catholicism to Lutheranism.  Many names of places around Klaustur are traced to the time the sisters lived in the nunnery.

In the center of the largest eruption in historical times

Kirkjubæjarklaustur has had its share of disasters and eruptions throughout the centuries, both from Katla and Laki.  The chapel in the village was built in the seventies and honors the priest that served during the Skaftáreldar eruption at Laki. Legend has it that in times of despair when the lava was destroying everything in its path he held a mass and shouted with passion and anger as the glowing lava was expected to move to the church at any moment.  When the people came out of the church, the lava had taken another path. His sermon has ever since been named the Firemass and Jón Steingrímsson the Firepriest.

Kirkjubæjarklaustur remains one of the smallest villages in Iceland

In the seventies, the population started to grow as some governmental posts had been set up at Kirkjubæjarklaustur.  Some services for the agricultural community had developed and a slaughterhouse built. Today there is a primary and secondary school for children at Klaustur and surrounding rural communities. There is also good care for the elderly and a health center. 

A peaceful community in a rural area in Iceland

In recent years, the village is developing into the tourist industry as it is a prime location to visit some natural wonders, both around Klaustur and in the highland.  The community and neighboring area have a variety of quality accommodations and a camping site.

If you are going to visit the Southern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Kirkjubæjarklaustur region.

Below is the location of Kirkjubæjarklaustur on the map of Iceland

Tours and things to do in the Southern Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the North Region. A tour from Akureyri or Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon

Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting?  This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders.  And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn. 

Þórsmörk tour

Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland.  It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides.  It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum

This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water.  This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.