Hellnar was founded in the mid-16th century. The village’s population peaked in the early 18th century when 150 to 200 people – primarily fishermen and farmers – lived here. Their first church was built in 1833 and then replaced with this one in 1945. In the background is Mt. Stapafell. The pyramid-shaped, volcanic mountain has an elevation of 1,725 feet. According to folklore, it is home to reclusive elves.