From Bjarkalundur, Route 607 runs 15km southwest to REYKHÓLAR, a farming settlement home to just 120 people with attractive views out over Breiðafjörður to the Reykjanes peninsula. Although Reykhólar’s history can be traced back to the time of the sagas, there’s little reminder today of the village’s wealthy past, when it was considered to have some of the best farmland in all of Iceland; the village once made a handsome profit from selling the wheat grown on the three hundred or so offshore islands hereabouts and the surrounding areas on the mainland. It is one of the few places in the West Fjords to have a ready supply of geothermal energy, which today has been harnessed and provides the village with its main source of activity – the ugly Þörungaverksmiðja algae plant, located a couple of kilometres south of the village, that extracts minerals from seaweed to make toothpaste, soap and handcream. There’s little to do in the village except enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm waters of the outdoor swimming pool (Mon–Fri noon–10pm, Sat & Sun noon–8pm), which also has two hot pots.
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