Kirkjubæjarklaustur has a long and interesting history. Irish hermits, “papar,” are believed to have lived there before the Norse settlement of Iceland. Tradition says that the area has always been inhabited by Christians, and that pagans were unwelcome. The 9th century settler Ketill the Foolish made his home at Kirkjubæjarklaustur and much later, Hildir Eysteinsson from Meðalland, a pagan, attempted to move there. When he set foot on the estate, he fell down dead, and was buried in Hildishaugur (Hildir’s Mound), a rocky hillock just east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. In 1186, a Benedictine convent was founded there and was active until disbanding during the Reformation in 1550. Many local names and folk tales reflect the presence of the nuns and ecclesiastical history throughout the centuries.