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SOUTH ICELAND
SAGA TOUR


Road #1 lies through the whole area. There are many attractions and important historical sites in the South (The Book of Settlements, Njal's Saga and Sturlunga Saga). Recreational activities on offer are very varied and interesting.

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SOUTH ICELAND
SAGA TOUR
From Reykjavik
Legends and ancient saga

 
from Book of Settlements

REYKJAVIK TO SELFOSS
There are many attractions and important historical sites in the South (The Book of Settlements, Njal's Saga and Sturlunga Saga).


Drive over a part of the highland platea
u Hellisheidi
The main road around the country (# 1), which connects the capital area with the southern part of the country, lies across Hellisheidi.
stop at The Hellisheiði Power Plant Visitor Center, close to 
The former farm Kolvidarholl.

Then to Hveragerdi and Reykir This former manor is situated at the foot of Mt Reykjafell, continue to

Farm Arnarbaeli is really a part of a farm hamlet named The Arnarbaeli Hamlet.

Passing Mt Ingolfsfjall (551m) The mountain was named after the first Norwegian settler of the country, Ingolfur Arnarson, and he is said to be buried in the diorite mound Ingholl on the top of the mountain.

Then thrugh Selfoss to Laugdaelakirkja
Bobby Fischer resting places are at cemetery at Laugdaelakirkja

NJALS SAGA TRAILS
HVOLSVOLLUR & HELLA
AREA

The main stages of the renowned Njal's Saga


Continue to Thjorsa The first bridge was built in 1895.The Book of Settlements explains the denomination of the river.

Kirkjubaer:
The estate Eastern and Western Kirkjubaer (Church Farm) is located in the centre of County Rangarvellir. During the Saga Period it was one of the important stages of events of the Saga of Njall the Wise.

Continue to Hella and stop at Aegissida. is a farm on River Ytri-Ranga opposite to the small town Hella in the Southwestern Lowlands. In the home fields around the houses are 12 manmade caves in the undulating, hyaloclastite landscape. then to
Farm Bergthorshvoll ruins. According to the cronology of the Njal’s Saga the arson was committed in 1011.

Hlidarendi is a farm and a church site in the Fljotshlid County. The settler of the Fljotshlid Area was Baugur Raudsson. He lived at Hlidarendi.

Gunnarsholt was named after Gunnar Baugson, grandfather Gunnar from Hlidarendi, how lived there, According to the Book of Settlement

Farm Bergthorshvoll is also the domicile of a Lutheran Reverend in County West Landeyjar. 

Oddi was a manor and a parsonage as well as one of the most important centres of culture and education in the past.

Keldur is a farm and a church site in the Rangarvellir County. According to the Njal's Saga, the farmer Ingjaldur Holskuldsson occupied Keldur around the year 1000.

Stora Hof this estate is located near River Eastern Ranga in District Rangarvellir. The first settler of the area, Ketill Haengur Thorkelsson, claimed the area between the rivers Thjorsa and Markarfljot for himself, and later parted it to other noble settlers.

Thingskalar is an ancient place of the assembly of the district parliament of Rangarvellir, just east of River Ytri-Ranga.

Mt Einhyrningur, According to the “Book of Settlements”, those plains were settled by Sighvatur the Red.

The mountain „Thrihyrningur“ towers over „Fljotshlid“ The story says that the reconciliation was out at the Parliament at Thingvellir, after the killing of Hoskuldur and no way out except revenge.

Farm Eyvindarmuli in Fljotshlid County was a church site. During the Sturlunga Era, the farm was among the manors of the Oddaverjar dynasty, and during the earlier part of the 16th century, Holmfridur Erlendsdottir the Wealthy lived there.

EYJAFJALLAJOKULL GLACIER AREA
It derives its name from the Island Archipelago off the south coast,
The Vestman Islan
ds.


Continue along the south shore, with water
fall Seljalandsfoss

Seljaland cave, there are many man made caves in

the Southwestern Lowlands. Behind the ruins of the old farm at Seljaland is a rocky mound with three caves.



Asolfsskali is a farm and a church site at the foothills of Mts. Eyjafjoll (The Island Mountains).
According to The Book of Settlements, an Irish Christian, Asolfur alskik arrived in Iceland and built his lodgings there first.
 

SKOGAFOSS TO VIK IN MYRDAL
On March 20th 2010
(spring equinox), shortly before midnight, a half a kilometre long fissure opened up
and an eruption started
.


Next stop Waterfall Skogafoss. The first settler at
Skogar was Thrasi Thorolfsson.

The glacier snout Solheimajokull is the southwestern outlet of the Myrdalsjokull icecap.

"The Peter's Island" During the trouble some
"Sturlunga Period" in the 13th century an army of
200 men prepared its defence on its top.

Dyrholaey is a 120 m high and precipitous headland.  large, natural gate has been eroded through its southernmost part. In earlier times fishing outfits
 were operated from the lower parts of the promontory and ideas about a harbour construction
 have been weathered

Reynishverfi.
Gardar is the southernmost farm of Iceland.  West of it is the abandoned farm
Hellur, where there are several manmade caves carved into the soft hyaloclastites. 

Cave Badstofuhellir. The sandstone outcrop Hellnaskagi is on the property of the southernmost farm of the country, Gardar. Cave Badstofuhellir is best known for Reverend Jon Steingrimsson's stay there for a part of the winter of 1755.

Then to the small village Vik.
This is the southernmost coastal hamlet of the country and the only one without a harbour.

Before returning back  via Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri and through the Threngsli lava plateau between the mountains to Reykjavik.

VIK IN MYRDAL TO REYKJAVIK
These are two historic villages on the south coast.
EYRARBAKKI - STOKKSEYRI


We cross  Thjorsa river where first bridge was built in 1895. The Book of Settlements explains the denomination of the river.

Stop at waterfall Urridafoss In river Thorsa The Book of Settlements explains the denomination of the river: " A man named Thorarinn, the son of Thorkell from Alvidra, the son of Hallbjorn Hordukappi, sailed into the estuaries of Thjorsa and did not remove the carved bull's head from the prow of his ship".

The Baugsstadir farm near Stokseyri was named after the settler Baugur, who spent his first winter in Iceland there before he built his permanent farm in the Ranga Area

Thuridarbud in Stokseyri hamlet is a replica of the former fishermen’s accommodations and storage space, which depicts a part of the work conditions of the fishermen and named after the only female foreman in Iceland.
In Stokseyri is also a Ghost Centre
you can visit!

Kaldadarnes was and still is a large estate just east of River Olfusain the Floi County.  One of the oldest sources relating to it is the ferry deed granting the estate the ferry rights between Kaldadarnes and Arnarbaeli.

Hjalli is a farm and a church site in the Olfus County. Around the year 1000 it was occupied by one of the wisest and most learned chieftains of the country,

Returning back to Reykjavik through the Threngsli lava plateau between the mountains to Reykjavik.


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