Introduction

Many a foreign tongue has been tied in knots trying to say Kirkjubæjarklaustur. It helps to break it into bits: Kirkju (church), bæjar (farm) and klaustur (convent). Otherwise, do as the locals do and call it ‘Klaustur’ (pronounced like ‘cloister’).

Klaustur is tiny, even by Icelandic standards – a few houses and farms scattered across a brilliant-green backdrop. Still, it’s the only real service town between Vík and Höfn, and it’s a major crossroads to several dramatic spots in the interior, including Landmannalaugar and Laki.