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The Icelandic Horse History Centre

New at Hólar in Hjaltadalur is the recently opened Exhibiton of the Icelandic Horse - a part of the Icelandic Horse History Centre at Hólar. The Horse History Centre also offers guided tours for individuals and groups highlighting the stables and equestrian centre run by the University College at Hólar.

Opening hours: Week days: Saturdays: Sundays:
June 1st - September 15th.: 13:00-19:00 13:00-19:00 13:00-19:00
September 16th - May 31st.: 13:00-16:00 Closed Closed
During winter the centre is closed on Fridays. Also open on request.

The Icelandic Horse History Centre

Hólar, Hjaltadalur

GPS Points N65° 43' 57.866" W19° 6' 45.596"
Opening period All year
Categories Museums , Exhibitions

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Hólar in Hjaltadalur

Hólar is one of the most famous historical sites in Iceland and was, for many centuries, an Episcopal See. It was also the capital of North Iceland for over 700 years. There has been a church on the site from the 11th century, and the present Hólar Cathedral was consecrated in 1763. It is the oldest stone built church in Iceland.

Hólaskóli School, founded in 1882, was an agricultural school, but there is evidence that some form of school has been present at Hólar right from the time of the first bishopric. Archaeological research has been carried out at Hólar over the past years and more than 40 thousand items found, some of which are now on display in the old schoolhouse.

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