valley is one of the Bruar Valleys, mentioned separately on the web. At the turn of the 19th century, a young, married
couple built a farm there near the geothermal area. The valley looked very promising, well vegetated with good
meadows for haymaking. However,
no one had ever built a farm there before.
The young couple worked hard and managed to increase their
livestock of sheep somewhat.
woman gave birth every year until 1906 and only two of the children
survived as was usual at the time. In
the spring of that year, a sudden blizzard drove their sheep and a number
of other sheep they had been taking care of into the nearby glacial river.
young farmer went out to try to round up the sheep and drive them back to
their sheds. He did not succeed and
committed suicide by eating strychnine.
His wife and her mother found him too late to do anything to
prevent this tragedy. The young mother had to leave her children with the
grandmother to fetch help. She
walked 20 km to the nearest farm, Bru.
The family then moved away from the valley and no one has lived
there since. The farmer at
Bru claims, that anyone, who stays alone in the refuge hut in the valley,
cannot escape noticing the young farmer still roaming about.
71 km <Laugarvalladalur>
22 km, Egilsstadir