Hockey was first played in Iceland at around 1950, on ponds and rivers. The weather made it very hard to play, so Icelandic hockey did not develop for some time. In 1987 the first outdoor ice arena was built with an artificial surface, and a second was built three years later. The first indoor arena was built in 1997, and a second was built in 2000.
The league was formed in 1991, with three teams. The league season usually starts at the beginning of October and ends in March/April. As of 2012, there are six teams competing in the league.