town started developing before the middle of the 20th century, when most of
the rivers in the southwestern lowlands had been bridged. It is situated on
the banks of one of the best salmon rivers of the country and the
inhabitants base their livelihood on services rendered to the agricultural
surroundings, commerce, industry and tourism. Just southeast of the town is
a race course, where horse shows are held regularly and every summer in July
a very popular family festival takes place there. The town offers a good
hotel and cottages on the river banks, restaurants and all kinds of
recreational opportunities, such as sightseeing tours, horse rentals, dog
sledge tours and fishing.
East of town is an airfield, where The Gliders' Association holds its
competitions. The Bus Company Kynnisferdir
hf. serves this town and connects it with the capital in the
west, and Thorsmork and Landmannalaugar during summer. The distance from the capital is
about 94 km.
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