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“Camping in a forest (in Iceland yes)”
Review of Holar Cathedral

Holar Cathedral
Reviewed 28 June 2018

This campsite in the Holar forest next to the cathedral is to die for. It does not offer electricity and is not very large but very secluded and quiet. The bathrooms are nice and this place it not pricey. It is close to many attractions including swimming in the almost infinity pool at Hofsos and a short drive to Grettislaug where one of our sagas took place. It is also just a short drive to Siglufjörður town on top of the peninsula where there is great to hike and play golf

Thank Binni-ice
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

It was here that the bishop of Northern Island resided until 1801. A fine solemn church with an impressing church tower. Don´t miss the reconstruction of wooden house. Now there´s a farmer´s school here.

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Holar is a small town, but packed with lots of interesting things to see. The town was the ecumenical capital of Northern Iceland until the reformation with the cathedral being the oldest stone church in Iceland. The interior is full of interesting art objects, with the baptismal font that was carved from soapstone that washed ashore from Greenland and an alter piece donated by a bishop that was executed in the 1500s. The bishop is buried on site and the bell tower was built as a memorial to him. Also on site is a recreation of the 14th century bishops house and the remains of a turf farm that were in use through the 1950s. Also nearby is the “Icelandic Beer Institute” or something similar to that title. The town is picturesque and well worth the detour, but I was unaware of any food options so bring some food and water to eat if needed. Well worth the visit and would go back for the solitude and quietness of the location.

Thank JHChicago2014
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

The journey to, and the setting of, the Church is stunning. Sadly the Church is now closed for the winter, as is the information office in Holar. Outside the Church is a notice claiming that it is open EVERY day 10.00 until 18.00. The information office is also closed even though the website again claims open daily. We were lucky and chose a sunny day for the trip so we were able to enjoy the setting. If there is poor visibility it would be doubtful whether the journey would be worthwhile.

Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

My wife and I were touring the peninsula for a day out of Akureyri. Saw the blurb about Holar on a local tourist write up. Decided to take a break and visit. Delightful two hour stop. First, the ride in was scenic. It is a good ways in from the main road. We stopped first at a superbly refurbished Viking House. We were lucky when we visited the cathedral as the pastor was there. A charming, retired bishop who gave us a personal tour and history of the cathedral. There are also original, several hundred year old grass roofed homes which you can walk through to gain an appreciation of what life must have been like with no modern comforts. There is also a horse museum and a small university in the village. And a micro brewery. The pastor said they sample a new brew batch every Friday evening. Unfortunately, is wasn't Friday and it was closed. If you have the time, it is worth a visit.

Thank bobk56
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