Vallanes, a church. Best known of pastors there was the poet Stefán Ólafsson (ca. 1619–88). After Hallgrímur Pétursson (see Saurbær, Borg) he was Iceland’s greatest poet in the 17th century. He did many translations into and from Latin. He was also a song–writer and an astronomer. The community centre Iðavellir nearby. Vallanes today, is one of Iceland’s largest farms growing entirely organic grains, fruits and vegetables.