KirkjubŠjarklaustur town

KirkjubŠjarklaustur town
KirkjubŠjarklaustur town is located in south of Iceland between VÝk town and H÷fn town. The town┤s log name is sometimes abbreviated as Klaustur. It is believed that even before the first Norse settlers came to Iceland, Irish hermits lived there and later a convent of Nuns, KirkjubŠjarklaustur, or KirkjubŠr Abbey was established there in 1186 and remained at KirkjubŠjarklaustur until the reformation in 1550. The name of the town derives it┤s name from the Abbey.


KirkjubŠjarklaustur is a trade and service center for a large farming community in its surroundings to the west and easy from the town. A supermarket, a bank, a post office a health care center as well as hotels and restaurants are to be found in the town.

Nearby Attractions

There are numerous tourist attractions found both within the town and some distance away. One of the main attractions is Kirkjkugˇlfi­ or äThe Church Floorô, located in the outskirts of the town. They are tops of columnar basalt formations that look like man-made tiles and therefore the name. However, there has never been a church located at the site. There is a marked parking lot close to the entrance to Kirkjugˇlfi­ by the side of road number 203, from where there is a short and easy walk to the site. Another popular attraction nearby is Systrafoss or "Sister Falls" is a beautiful waterfall found in the river Fossß, running down the mountain edge above KirkjubŠjarklaustur town. It is named after some of the Nuns or Sisters that lived at the Abbey in the past.