farm is situated at the foot of a group of mounds, which were created by
a tremendous landslide when most of Mt Haafjall collapsed and reached
the opposite slopes.
Only a thin edge with a few pinnacles (1,075 m) remained and in a
depression between them and the collapsed part, Lake Hraunsvatn (see the
angling site) gradually appeared.
the poet and naturalist Jonas Hallgrimsson (1807-45) was born at Hraun.
It is disputed and many claim, that he was born at the farm
He travelled in Iceland in 1837 and 1839-42 to study the
country’s nature and collect material for material for the Icelandic
He was one of the founders of the magazine Fjolnir and among the
first to present romanticism in his works in Iceland.