In the Region

The region where Geitafell is located is called Húnaþing-vestra. It is a large region and apart from some outstanding natural phenomena, it also has deep roots in the Icelandic Sagas. It has a lot to offer for tourists, ranging from museums to amazing waterfalls. Everyone should find something to suit their interests. Here are a few things we thought you‘d like to know.

Museum of Local History

This interesting museum is at Reykir in Hrútafjörður. It opened in 1967 and was from the start one of Iceland‘s top museums of its kind, even displaying authentic living rooms and communal sleeping quarters from nearby farms, dating back to the days of old.

Monastery of Þingeyrar

The many Sagas of the local Húnavetningar were probably written in the old monastery at Þingeyrar, Heiðarvíga Saga, Vatnsdæla, Hallfreðar Saga, Kórmáks Saga, Bandamanna Saga and Grettis Saga.

Grettissaga

Bjarg in Miðfjörður is the birthplace of the greatest outlaw in Icelandic history, Grettir Ásmundarson the strong. At Bjarg Grettir always found refuge with his mother Ásdís. Grettir was born around the year 1000 and died young. Many local names in the vicinity of Bjarg and indeed throughout the county, bear Grettir’s name.

Grettir was killed on the island of Drangey in Skagafjörður and his killers brought his head to his mother Ásdís who buried it under a stone in the field at Bjarg. A memorial honoring Ásdís was erected at Bjarg in1974. The memorial displays a bas-relief from Grettirs saga made by Halldór Pétursson.

According to the old Book of Settlement, Landnáma, Friðmundur the man whom the lakes Friðmundarvötn are named after, lived at Forsælu- dalur. It was at Forsæludalur that Grettir wrestled with one of Iceland’s most nototious ghosts, the one and only Glámur, and that was the end of him, Glámur that is.

Sturlunga Saga

Sturlunga Saga is all about the bloody power conflict of two clans in Iceland in the middle ages. It is the main source of Icelandic history during the 12th and 13th centuries.

Laugabakki

Laugarbakki is a village situated on the east bank of the river Miðfjarðará, in Húnaþing vestra. Laugarbakki has a shop, a swimming pool (that now has relax- ing hot tubs), and a community hall, which is popular for family gatherings during the summer.

Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur is a 15 meter high cliff sticking right out of the sea like a huge jagged tooth. The sea has eroded it, carving holes through its foundation and sculptured it in the unique shape it has today. According to the legend the rock is a petrified monster.

Borgarvirki

Borgarvirki is a natural phenomenon, altered by people in earlier centuries. In 1949, the main entrance was renovated . Borgarvirki is a volcanic plug, and the Icelandic sagas mention that in earlier centuries it was used as a fort during armed conflicts. Upon the fortress is a viewing dial. It is a must see for visitors travelling around the peninsula of Vatnsnes.

Breiðabólsstaður

Breiðabólstaður is a church and a historical site in the Vesturhóp region. The first laws of Iceland were written at Breiðabólstaður. In earlier times a printing house was located there and the farm was considered exceptionally productive. The Bar Association of Iceland has erected a memorial at Breiðabólsstaður.

Kolugljúfur

Kolugljufur is a stunning 2 km long and 20-25 meter deep gorge on the river Viðidalsa. The ascending salmon can go no further. The trip from road #1 is well worthwhile due to the scenery. The gorge was named after the giant Kola, a mythological character, who lived there in a cave, stealing livestock and the occasional farmer.

Hof in Vatnsdalur

Hof is a farm in east Vatnsdalur founded by “Old” Ingimundur Þorsteinsson who settled the entire Vatnsdalur from Helga- vatn and Urðarvatn. Ingimun- dur was among the rather few settlers of Iceland who did not flee from Norway.

Vatnsdalshólar

The hills of Vatnsdalur are thought to be uncountable. They are the remnants of a huge mudslide/avalanche from the mountain Vatnsdalsfjall which is prominent on the eastern side of the valley.

Vatnsenda-Rósa

A church is located at Efri Núpur and in its cemetery lays at rest the poet Vatnsenda-Rósa. Tourists often visit her tomb- stone. Rósa is known for her love poems which she wrote to her lover Natan Ketilsson who was murdered at Illugastaðir in Vatnsnes.