Gaukshofdi is a headland along which River Thjorsa
runs where it can be forded when the water level is not too high. The
headland was named after Gaukur, who lived at Stong
in the Thjorsa Valley in the 10th century.
According to one of the Sagas,
he was killed on the headland by is foster brother, Asgrimur
Ellidagrimsson, because he seduced Asgrimur’s sister. In the 19th
century, bones and weapons were unearthened at the foothills of the
headland and assumed to have belonged to Gaukur.
It is easy to walk to
the top of the headland and the view from there towards Mt. Hekla
and the surrounding area is very good on a fine day. The main road
crossed the headland before it was moved down to the river.