ICELAND TRAVEL GUIDE
The Husafell area
around Farm Husafell is a very popular summer resort among the
natives. It is a lovely,
wooded lava area with many holiday houses, a nice swimming pool and a
sauna, a small restaurant, a small shop, a petrol station, a golf course,
a horse rental and organized walks and longer tours, such as glacier
excursions and lava cave explorations.
In addition, holiday houses are rented and camping grounds are
available. The natural hot water for the swimming pool and other uses is
pipelined from the hot springs in the Selgil gorge nearby.
The hot water is very soft and has healing qualities.
Archaeological excavations on the property have revealed ruins of
farms from the 14th and 15th centuries, which give us
a good idea about the architecture of the time and how people lived.
One of the occupants of Husafell during the latter part of the 18th
century, actually the forefather of the present occupants, was Rev. Snorri
Bjornsson. He had moved there
from his parish in the utmost northwest, a very isolated area.
There are said to have been quite a few sorcerers there at the
time, and some of them were the enemies of Rev. Snorri.
After Snorri moved to Husafell they kept raising the dead and
sending their ghosts to kill Snorri.
well educated in the field of sorcery himself and put all of them, 81 they
say, down around the so-called ghost-pen near the farm, and ensured that
they would keep still. He was a
very strong man and kept physically fit by exercising every morning with
his grandmother. Among the exercises
was carrying a 180 kg heavy bolder around the sheep-pen several times,
which was almost impossible for others to repeat.
The old farm has been renovated and is used to accommodate visitors
with sleeping bags or in made up beds.
The old church has also been renovated and belongs to the farm, not
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