Lake Vikingavatn has an area of 2,4 kmē. It is rather shallow and
only 4 m above sea level. It has no visible discharge and road no. 85 passes just south of
it. The catch consists of brown trout and lake char. Board and lodgings are offered at the
farmstead Vikingavatn, which was an estate in the past and originally owned by a farmer
by the name Vikingur. He had a quarrel with the Norwegian king Harald fair hair, who sent
some men to Iceland to kill him. When they arrived, Vikingur was fishing on the lake.
They killed him when he returned to
shore by beheading him. They pickled
the head to preserve
it as proof for the king . On their way back, they
rode across the Reykjaheidi moorland and rested by a projecting mountain.
When they looked at the head, it yawned so frightfully, that they
buried it on the spot.
Lake Vikingavatn is also called Little
Lake Myvatn because
of the abundance of nesting duck species and other birds.
The distance from the
capital is 524 km by the Whale Bay tunnel and 45 km from Husavik.