Holar is a school centre and a
parsonage in the Hjaltadalur valley. About the year 1106, it was
decided to divide the country into two sees and the proprietor of
Holar donated the place "For the sake of god and the necessity of the
holy church". Holar was the episcopal seat
for the northern see, and
cultural- and educational centre for almost 7 centuries (1106-1798).
The school was abolished in 1802. Many topographical names within the
Holar area remind of its history.
The present church was said to be fully constructed
in 1763, when it was consecrated on the 20th of November. In 1881, the district authorities of Skagafjordur
bought Holar and established an agricultural college there.
is now the seat of one of two ordaining bishops in Iceland. The
other one is seated at Skalholt, the original episcopal seat
(1056-1801). The episcopal seat has been the capital of the
country since 1801.
Natural hot water was pipelined to Holar from
the farm Reykir in 1980 and
1981. A detour into the Hjaltadalur valley to Holar is well worth
the time and to the farm Nedri-As, where archaeological excavations
lead to the discovery the
ruins of one of the oldest churches of the
The Holar University College is
a growing institution offering quality graduate and undergraduate
education and a strong research programme. The institution is an
internationally recognised centre for education and research in three
highly specialized fields; equine science, aqua-culture and aquatic
biology, and tourism studies.
The main goal of the Holar University College is to enhance knowledge
and professionalism in the economic sectors and cultural activities
related to its fields of specialisation. The institution contributes
significantly to the academic and professional communities both
locally and globally by high standards in teaching, vigorous research
programs, strong industry relations and active transnational
collaboration. Hólar University College offers excellent research and
Currently there are three academic departments:
Aquaculture and fish biology
Hiking Trails. All over the country, the old routes most
used in ancient times have sprung to life again as the modern hiking
trails. Many of them have already been marked and others have to
wait for the endeavours of the future generations, depending on their
interest in healthy outdoor activity.
North Iceland Saga Trail
58 km, Hofsos km <Holar>
Sauðarkrokur 37 km,
Varmahlid 48 km via Blonduhlid.