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Þjórsárstofa

Þjórsárstofa

Þjórsárstofa is a visitor centre with information about the area, services and entertainment, the people and history, land and nature. In Þjórsárstofa visitors can view short films free of charge. One has the river Þjórsá as the main theme and shows the beautiful scenery from were it springs from under the Hofsjökull glacier and flows into the Atlantic ocean. The other short film shows the bright northern lights over Iceland.

Food and drinks

Árnes community centre has halls, restaurant and café/bar which serves a delicious local food such as breakfast, lunch, coffee and homemade cakes during the summer season. Our facilities hold 70 seats but can expand for bigger groups if ordered in advance

The farmer´s market

In Árnes community center is a small farmers market with local meet, sweets, jewellery and some more interesting things made by neighbours in the area.

The camp site

Þjórsárdalur valley where you find many natural wonders, historic sites and diverse nature. The camp site has spacious green flat with 36 electrical connectors. Also, there are a good side areas including a flat right by the pool, which can accommodates smaller groups. Toilets, showers and washing machine. Hall indore available for group gathering. In Árnes you find a bistro and a café, farmers market, swimming pool, football field, hostel and a shop. Also the Þjórsárstofa visitor centre, a information centre and a multimedia exhibition about Þjórsá river and surrounding area.

Þjórsárstofa

Árnes, Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur

GPS Points N64° 2' 32.674" W20° 15' 4.994"
Telephone

486-6115

Opening period 01/06 - 31/08
Service Open in the summer Accessible for the phisically impared Place of interest Home catering Camping ground Swimming pool Handy craft for sale Bar

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History and Culture
23.00 km
Skalholt Church

Situated in the lower part of the Biskupstungur valley between the rivers Hvítá and Brúará, Skálholt is one of Iceland's places of special historical interest. For seven centuries it was the scene of the most dramatic events which shaped the political, spiritual and cultural life in Iceland. Its early history is traced back to the 11th century when religious disputes were at their sharpest in Iceland. Within two centuries of the settlement of Iceland, the first bishopric was founded at Skálholt in 1056 for South Iceland, and soon a second at Hólar in 1109 for North Iceland.

The man who chose Skálholt as the site of the first Episcopal see in Iceland was Ísleifur (1006 - 1080), son of Gissur the White. Skálholt had earlier been his patrimonial estate and his grandfather, Teitur Ketilbjarnarson, was the first settler there. According to an old account, Skálholt was at that time "the largest town in Iceland". Ísleifur's father, who was a wealthy aristocrat and a redoubtable political figure as well, played a decisive role in the Christianization of Iceland and the future status of the church. He built the first church in Iceland at Skálholt around the year 1000.

In the 12th century bishop Klængur Þorsteinsson built a great cathedral at Skálholt. It was a sumptuous edifice made of timber shipped from Norway. For centuries Skálholt was the centre of learning and culture in Iceland, a status which lasted up to the Reformation in 1550.

In 1954, a team of archaeologists, while digging up the foundations of the old cathedral, came upon a sarcophagus which was believed to contain the skeleton of Páll Jónsson, one of the most powerful bishops of Skálholt. His sarcophagus, together with a few relics found at the scene, is now on display in an underground vault beneath the new memorial church built during 1956-1963 on the site of the old cathedral. All churches in Scandinavia contributed financially to its construction.

The last Catholic bishop of Iceland, Jón Arason, was executed at Skálholt in 1550, along with his two sons. He had opposed the Reformation imposed upon Iceland by King Christian III of Denmark. Today, a memorial stands at the site of the execution. Arason's Episcopal robes are on display at the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavík.

Today, Skálholt is visited for the new cathedral, the tomb of bishops, the museum, and the collection of ancient books in the tower. A public high school is at Skálholt.

Nature
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Hjalparfoss Waterfall

Hjalparfoss is a beautiful, two stepped waterfall near the confluence of Rivers Thjorsa and Fossa in the Thjorsa Valley. The surrounding area is called Hjalp (Help), because the travellers across the Sprengisandur Route found great help in reaching a vegetated area to graze their horses after a long journey in the barren interior.

As elsewhere in the valley, the signs of the eruptions of Mt. Hekla are very prominent by the waterfall, ashes everywhere.

Nature
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Haifoss and Granni

The waterfall Háifoss is situated near the volcano Hekla in the south of Iceland. The river Fossá, a tributary of Þjórsá, drops here from a height of 122 m. This is the second highest waterfall of the island.

From the historical farm Stöng, which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Hekla in the Middle Ages and reconstructed, it is possible to hike to the waterfall along the Fossá (5 to 6 hours both directions). Above the waterfall, there is also a parking lot, so the hiking can also be made in the other direction.

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Towns & Villages

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