A hamlet has developed at Laugaras, where there is a very active thermal area and many greenhouses produce vegetables for the domestic market. The hamlet offers accommodation, good camping grounds and the domestic animal garden Slakki is popular among children of all ages. Laugaras is the domicile of the county physician and a health care centre.
One of the country’s most important historic sites, Skalholt, is located nearby. It was the seat of the bishops of the southern see for 740 years and a school was established there around the year 1056. Nowadays it is still a school centre, mainly used for all kinds of courses and adult education.
An excellent salmon river, Ida, runs past the hamlet. The second largest spring fed river, Bruara, north and west of Skalholt, offers good brown trout fishing. It had a natural stone arch, used by travellers and vagabonds to get to Skalholt. One of the bishops’ wives had it demolished to prevent the vagabonds from pestering the household.
Photo Credit: Visit South Iceland