is an old farm site occupied since soon after the first years of the
settlement of the country in the 9th century.
According to old manuscripts, the powerful chieftain and
historian Snorri Sturluson owned Leirubakki and exploited the farm for
cattle breeding as he needed a great number of calf hides for his
scribes to record the Sagas. Around
the middle of the 19th century the area was rather densely
populated, but gradually the number of farms declined as erosion set in.
Conventional farming continued at Leirubakki until 1990, when new
owners started organizing the present tourist accommodations and
Mt. Hekla has erupted
several times since the mid-20th century, most recently in February
2001. A Hekla centre is now in the process of being built at Leirubakki.
The opening is planned in June 2002. Leirubakki, south
Iceland, is a paradise for nature lovers in summer and winter alike. In
the vicinity are endless options for riding, snowmobiling, angling,
hiking and many other kinds of outdoor activities.
The following is on offer the whole year round.
The Hekla center has now opened. The
exhibition and restaurant is open daily from 10-22.
It is nice to enjoy the
charm of a mountain hut - with modern conveniences.
Catering - meals,
refreshments. Barbecue and self-catering.
Room for 50 persons in
beds and sleeping bags.
Horse rental and riding
tours: Fjallafakar (Mountain horses), Leirubakki.
A riding hall for
practice and instruction.
Scenic routes for horse
riding and hiking.
Banqueting hall seating
Conference and meetings
facilities for smaller groups at the hotel.
nature reserve is only 60 km away.
The Haifoss waterfall
(122 m) is at a 45 minutesí driving distance
tubs, sauna and the popular "Viking pool" are at hand.