valley is carved into the mountains on the southern side of the Dyrafjordur Bay.
Its river, Haukadalsa spills into the sea at Haukadalsbot. During the Saga Period Gisli Sursson of the Gisla-Saga
occupied the farm Holl in the valley.
He was exiled for killing his brother in law, Thorgrimur
Thorsteinsson, and was later killed near the farm Botn on the
Geirthjofsfjord Bay. Many topographic names in the valley remind of the Saga and
some have been examined. Two
ruins of farms were discovered and some evidence points to the fact,
that one of them was the farm of the chieftain Thorgrimur, who Gisli
The Saga coincides with many of those names and description
of landscapes in the valley. On
the cove Haukadalsbot was an authorized and a busy trading post from
1892 until the beginning of the 20th century.
Its fishing outfits triggered the development of a hamlet
where a primary school and a cultural community centre were
In 1899, British fishermen were caught fishing within the 3
miles’ limit in the bay and were approached the county sheriff, who
ordered them to sail to the nearest harbour.
The fishermen prevented the sheriff from boarding and in doing
that, they managed to drown three of his crew, when their small boat