Although almost hidden and rarely mentioned anywhere today, Reykhólar has quite a unique place in Iceland’s history. For centuries, the farm Reykhólar was considered one of the most valuable estates in the country. Not only because it was an excellent farmland, but also because it owned hundreds of islands in the large fjord, Breiðafjörður, islands that added huge value to the farm. Accordingly many chiefs and wealthy families lived at Reykhólar and owned the farm throughout Iceland’s history, some of them even with a bigger ego than the estate itself. The small village is placed in a wonderful surroundings with spectacular landscape.
A tiny community struggling to provide basic service
Today Reykhólar is a tiny village with around forty homes and approximately 120 residents. Like many towns, villages and smaller communities around the country, Reykhólar manage to provide good basic service to its residents and the surrounding rural area, Reykhólasveit. There is a combined preschool, elementary and middle school, and a library. Since the town has geothermal heating, there is also a swimming pool. Like most tiny towns and municipals, Reykhólar has a sports center and a community center.
A first stop when visiting West Fjords in Iceland
The single largest employer in Reykhólar is the kelp factory that has operated in Reykhólar for decades. The production from the factory is sold to the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry. Others mostly work in the service industry such as schools, care for the elderly and the growing tourist industry. Reykhólar has the usual service provided to tourists traveling in Iceland. Here you can find accommodation, a gas station and a small restaurant and a café. At least during the summer months.
If you are going to visit the Westfjords in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Reykhólar region.