parsonage and estate, outside the boundaries of the
NP, was the common assembly site of the parish in the
past. The estate was abandoned in 1966 and is the property of the
government. The present church was built in 1903 and is among the
oldest concrete churches of the country. When it was built, it
received a replica of the altarpiece of the Lutheran Cathedral of
The older altarpiece,
now decorating the Brimilsvalla-church, was a present form
Danish merchants in 1709.
Both The Book of Settlements and
The Bardar Saga mention the settler at Ingjaldsholl,
Ingjaldur Alfarinsson. He is said to have had a dispute with
the giantess Hetta, who lived in the Ennis-Mountain. She
left no stone unturned to harm Ingjaldur. Once she almost
managed to drown him when he was catching fish from his boat
off the coast. She used sorcery to magnify a storm to bring that about. A friend
of Ingjaldur, Bardur Snaefellsas, managed to come to his
rescue in time.
is mentioned in the Eyrbyggja Saga, was the son of Ingjaldur. He was
among the strongest men of the country, giant like and ugly until he
cast the pagan religion and was baptized. Still another Saga, The
Viglundar Saga, mentions a church at Ingjaldsholl in 1317 and a prayer
chapel up to that time. In 1477, a foreign vessel arrived at Rif, a
nearby harbour, during the summer.
According to legends from the late 15th century, a nobleman on board was no other than
Christopher Columbus, who had undertaken this trip to study the
journeys of Nordic seafarers to North America. He spent the whole
winter to do so.
West Iceland Saga