First printing press


Jón Arason, the last Catholic bishop in Iceland, brought the first printing press to Iceland. The press was first situated at Breidabólstaður in South-East Iceland, but later moved to the bishop seat at Hólar in North Iceland, one of Iceland‘s main centres of learning. The exact year of the press arriving in Iceland is not known, but it was around 1530.

At this time, paper was imported for the first time to Iceland and this radically changed book making that had relied on calf-skin up until this time.