The forest N˙psstaarskˇgar is on the land of N˙psstair, but N˙psstair is the easternmost farm in Skaftßrhreppur and is situated by Lˇmagn˙pur. At N˙psstaur there are remarkable old turf buildings that are believed to be typical for farms in Iceland in past centuries. The most noteworthy of these is the chapel, one of few remaining turf churches in the country. The beauty of the environment surrounding N˙psstaur is well known. The area reaches from the ocean and black sands and all the way to Vatnaj÷kull. Volcanic eruptions, glaciers and lakes have shaped the environment there, in addition to shaping diverse formations.
The forest N˙psstaarskˇgar is a beautiful copsewood that grows in the hills of Eystrafjall, west of Skeiarßrj÷kull and south of GrŠnalˇn. Diverse vegetation grows there and it's an area that's enjoyable to walk around. A rough track to the forest passes Lˇmagn˙pur and N˙psv÷tn. There is lots to see there and the landscape is grand, sure to embed itself in the mind of anyone who goes there. Wild sheep were there in the 19th century.
Westernmost at Skeiarßrsandur, N˙psv÷tn lakes are to be found. They are nourished by the rock stream N˙psß and the glacier river S˙la. S˙la flows down from the edge of Skeiarßrj÷kull glacier, at the corner of Eystrafjall mountain. The rivers merge into one river-bed some way above the bridge over N˙psv÷tn. When the main road was laid in 1974 both of the rivers were hindered with levees. In the first part of the 20th century, S˙la-debacles from the lagoon GrŠnalˇn were massive, around 5-10 thousand m│/sec, and when GrŠnalˇn emptied the water level lowered about 150-200 m. These days it will only lower about 20 m and the quantity of water will peak at approx. 2000 m│/sec.
A rough track to the N˙psstaarskˇgar forest passes Lˇmagn˙pur and N˙psv÷tn.
It is possible to camp and stay in the area, which is only about 12-15 km from GrŠnalˇn.
N˙psstaur, N˙psstaarskˇgar, GrŠnalˇn and the whole land of N˙psstair are listed as natural remnants.