Leirubakki 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 recreation.
(Saga trail South Iceland)
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 100 persons.
Conference and meetings facilities for smaller groups at the hotel.
The Landmannalaugar nature reserve is only 60 km away.
The Haifoss waterfall (122 m) is at a 45 minutes’ driving distance
Hot tubs, sauna and the popular “Viking pool” are at hand.
Landsveit, 851 Hella
Tel. +354 487 8700 / +354 893 5046
Fax: +354 487 6692
Leirubakki is on the Saga trail for South Iceland.