Dalir is a family-friendly place to visit, combining historical and cultural attractions with an enchanting world of wildlife and nature. It is the ideal place to spend a few days away from the hustle and bustle of city life, to relax, be outdoors, discover and learn. Few parts of Iceland are as rich in history as Dalir where records go back virtually unbroken to the Settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries. In fact, Dalir deserves to be called a stepping-stone into the New World. Ancient Icelandic records tell how Eirík the Red, who in 985-6 AD pioneered the settlement of Greenland, lived in Haukadalur valley at a place called Eiríksstaðir. His son, Leif the Lucky, was born there and a reconstruction of his birthplace has been built there, based on the ruins of Eirík’s own farmhouse. The nature here is beautiful and is great for hiking and horse riding trips. Other activities include bird and seal watching, and swimming in geothermally heated outdoor pools. Visitors are also invited to explore the Dalir Heritage Museum as well as local farms, such as Erpsstaðir, where you can taste and buy local products and get to know the way of life in Dalir. Inexpensive trout fishing is available in Lake Haukadalsvatn and the lakes of Ljárskógar and Sólheimar

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Dalir
GPS Points N65° 6' 35.861" W21° 46' 3.741"
Postal codes

370,371

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Sveinn Kjartan Gestsson
Day Tour Provider
  • Staðarfell
  • 371 Búðardalur
  • 893-6633

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Stora-Vatnshorn
Farm Holidays
  • Stóra-Vatnshorn
  • 371 Búðardalur
  • 8940999
Hótel Ljósaland
Guesthouses
  • Saurbær
  • 371 Búðardalur
  • 776-4103, 776-4103
Á Camping Ground
Camping
  • Skarðsströnd
  • 371 Búðardalur
  • 663-1420, 854-8424, 434-1420

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Hótel Ljósaland
Guesthouses
  • Saurbær
  • 371 Búðardalur
  • 776-4103, 776-4103
The Fishing Spot
Restaurants
  • Vesturbraut 12a
  • 370 Búðardalur
  • 434-1110
Ytri-Fagridalur
Farm food direct
  • Ytri-Fagridalur
  • 371 Búðardalur
  • 893-3211
Nature
Klofningur mountain

From the mountan Klofningur is a panoramic view over Breidafjordur Bay, Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Bardaströnd. Viewing dial.

It is possible to hike up the mountain from the farm Stakkaberg.

Nature
Skógarstrond

Skógarströnd, the coast along Hvammsfjörður from Álftafjörður to the river Gljúfurá, where Dalasýsla county begins. Some small rivers, fishing in most of them. One valley leading into the mountain range is Heydalur, through which goes Road 55 to the Hnappadalur valley.

History and Culture
Hvammur

Around the year 890, Audur the Deep minded (djúpúdga) from Dogurdara settled the land between the outer edge og Hvammsveit and Skaumuhlaupsa in Hordudalur.

She built her farm at Hvammur and for a long time after her kin lived there. Audur was Christian.

The father of Snorri Sturluson, Sturla Thordarson (1115-1183), lived at Hvammur. He was of the ninth generation counting from Audur the Deep minded. His sons Thordur, Sighvatur and Snorri were born there.

Arni Magnusson (1663-1730), professor and collector of medieval manuscripts, grew up at Hvammur. Priests would remain at Hvammur. Since the Reformation until 1944 only 15 priests held the position.

History and Culture
History and Culture
Gudrunarlaug

According to Laxdaela saga, Gudrun Osvifursdóttir used to dwell by a geothermal pool in Laugar in Saelingsdalur. The pool is mentioned in Sturlunga saga and it seems to have been used a great deal.

The pool is believed to have been destroyed in a landslide. In 2009 a new pool was built near to the location where the old pool is thought to have been situated and named Gudrunarlaug.

A changing facility, referred to as a "house of modesty" in Icelandic, was also built at the same time.

Nature
Skardsstrond coast

The route via Klofningsvegur no. 590 runs through Hvammssveit, Fellsströnd, Klofningur, Skarðsströnd and Saurbær. Day-to-day it is called going around the coasts.

Until 1918 the boundaries of Skarðsstrandarhreppur were from Ormsstaðir to Fagradalsá, then the district split into Klofningshreppur and Skarðshreppur. The district boundary held until 1986 that Klofningshreppur split over Klofningur between Fellsstrandarhreppur and Skarðshreppur.

In Dagverðarnes, Auður Djúpúðga ate a breakfast in her search for her settlement columns. The current church in Dagverðarnes was built in 1934. Outside Dagverðarnes lies Hrappsey where the country's first secular printing house was operated.

Klofningur is a natural gap and the road runs through it. At Klofningur there is a sightseeing point and a good view over the islands and out to Snæfellsnes.

One of the oldest manor in the country is Skarð á Skarðsströnd. It is the settlement land of Geirmundur heljarskinn and the same family has lived there since the 11th century. Farmers church is in Skarð and there is, among other things, an altarpiece that Ólöf "the rich" Loftsdóttir is said to have given to the church. Below Skarð is Skarðsstöð. There is a lot of bird life and cultural monuments. Skarðsstöð was the first legalized trading center in Dalasýsla in 1884 and now houses a fishing port.

The community center Röðull is located below the road by Búðardalsá. In Röðull there are often exhibitions related to the life and culture of the people of Skarðsströnd. In the 18th century, Magnús Ketilsson, an magistrate and a great progressive man, lived in Búðardalur and did significant agricultural experiments and wrote a number of scholarly articles. Ytri-Fagridalur is the innermost town on Skarðsströnd and is the settlement land of Steinólfur "the low". Over there you can see Hafratindur, the mountain of Dalir.

Nature
Jorfi

Proverbial for its wild gatherings every autumn, which were eventually banned in 1708.

Nature
Dagverdarnes

Takes its name "Breakfast Ness" from the fact that Auður the Deep-minded, one of the first settlers, stopped to rest there one morning while searching for a place to make her home.

There is a little church at Dagverdarnes dates from 1934.

Nature
Hafratindur Mountain

The highest mountain peak in Dalir Region.

History and Culture
Eirik the Red´s homestead.

Eiríksstaðir is one of most historic sides of Iceland. Step back to the Viking Era and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of Eriks the Red's farm which is also the birthplace of Leif the Lucky who is said to have discovered America. Modern day vikings demonstrate the lifestyle of 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.

History and Culture
Skard

Skard is a farm and church site on Skardstrond. Many of the Icelandic Saga heroes come from here. Amongst them were Bjorn Thorleifsson, governor, and his wife, Olof-the-Rich Loftsdottir.

On the death of her husband by Englishmen in 1467, she is quoted as declaring: "shed no tears for farmer Björn, but gather men to avenge him..." This has become a famous quote in Iceland.

The Skard church was the main church of the area for a long time. The church was rebuild between 1914-1916 and there are many old relics to be found in it, among them a preacher´s stool from the 17th century.

Nature
Krosshólaborg

Auður djúpúðga ( Auður the Deep minded) was one of the settlers in Dalir. She was a Christian and had a cross raised at Krosshólaborg, where she went to pray. Her descentants considered Krosshólaborg a holy place. Women in Dalir set up a memorial of Auður, a stone cross in 1965. The remains of Auður´s first farm, Auðartóftir, are nearby.

Nature
Fellsstrond

The route via Klofningsvegur no. 590 runs through Hvammssveit, Fellsströnd, Klofningur, Skarðsströnd and Saurbær. Day-to-day it is called going around the coasts. The boundaries of Fellsströnd and Hvammssveit are around Hólsá and reaches Fellsströnd to Ormsstaðir, where Klofningur takes over.

It used to be populated on Fellsströnd, but now many premises are not inhabited. Icelandic forest service owns the land Skógar, from where there is almost continuous forest out to Staðarfell. Staðarfell is an ancient manor and church. A housewife school was there 1927-1976, an treatment home from 1980-2018 and there is a community home. Outside Ytrafellsmúli, the lowlands increase and there is some woodland and islands out from the coast. Flekkudalur and Galtardalur go in between the mountains and there lies Efribyggð. From Efribyggðarvegur there is a large and beautiful view of the islands at the entrance of Hvammsfjörður. Kjarlaksstaðir is the settlement land of old Kjarlak. After Flekkudalsá and Galtardalsá merge, it is called Kjarlaksstaðaá. Bjarni Jónsson grew up in Vogur and was called Bjarni from Vogi, after the farm. There is a monument about him by the highway.

History and Culture
Laugar in Saelingsdal

Gudrun Osvifursdottir, heroine of Laxdaela Saga, was born (973AD) and brought up at Laugar.

It is said that she used the hot water pool there a lot and also met there her followers Kjartan and Bolli.

There is a geothermal area at Laugar and a naturally-heated swimming pool was built there in 1932. The hot water is also used for heating up the buildings at the place.

At about 3 km from Laugar you may find the rocky hill Tungustapi, home of elves.

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