Hjaltadalur Things to Do
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The church tower at Hólar is what makes Hólar so destinct in my eyes.
It is a memorial for Jón Arason, the last Catholic bishop in Iceland. The tower stands by the cathedral. It is 27 meters high and here Jón Arason is buried. The tower was consecrated on the 13th of August 1950, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jón Arason.
Hróbjartur Jónasson from Hamri í Hegranesi was the master builder of the tower, but Sigurður Guðmundsson designed it for free.
One can enter the tower and walk up the stairs to see the church bell.
As you enter there is the grave and a mosaic picture of Jón Arason. He was beheaded with his sons at Skàlholt on the 7th of November 1550.
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Gvendarbrunnur is a well named after Guðmundur góði Arason, Gvendur is a nick name for Guðmundur.
There is one well called Gvendarbrunnur at Hólar. And more in other places in Iceland. They are said to have healing powers as Guðmundur góði Arason blessed them.
The water reserve for Reykjavik in Heiðmörk is called Gvendarbrunnar.
Gvendarbrunnur at Hólar was reconstructed in the 1950s.
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There has been escavation work at Hólar for the past few years and over 40.000 artefacts have been found here.
You can find some of the artefacts on display in the old school. There is an exhibition there, free of charge, on the history of Hólar in Hjaltadalur.
You can find the escavation work all over the place, both next to Hólar and opposite the road.