The farm Stong in the Thjorsardalur Valley was
devastated by the first documented Hekla eruption in 1104 along with
many other farms in the valley. In 1939, a team of Nordic archaeologists
started excavating a few of them and it was decided to preserve the
Stong excavation for visitors.
The Viking Farm, built in 1974-77 in the
valley, was based on the arrangement of the Stong farm. According to an
ancient, runic inscription found in Scotland, Gaukur trandill is said to
have lived at Stong and his concubine lived at the nearby farm
Steinastadir. Stong is easily accessible from the main road through the
valley. It is not advisable for small cars to for d the river near the
excavation. Visitors should rather use the pedestrian bridge.
gorge is nearby, and no one regrets walking a bit further to see this
oasis in the barren landscape.