former estate Herdisarvik, now abandoned, stood on the synonymous cove
on the southern shores of the Reykjanes Peninsula.
The steep cliffs of Mt Herdisarvikurfjall (329m) protrude behind
it to the north and several lava tongues in its slopes bear witness to
prehistoric eruptions in the area and some of them reached the sea.
Along the coastline are still a few obvious ruins of ancient
fishing outfits, which were declared inviolate in 1973.
to the legend, a woman, Herdis, lived in Herdisarvik in the past and her
sister, Krysa, in Krysuvik. They
did not see eye to eye and were constantly at each others throat.
Both sisters practiced witchcraft and constantly played tricks on
renowned poet and entrepreneur Einar Benediktsson spent the last years
of his life in his house in Herdisarvik.
In 1935 he donated it to The University of Iceland and union
professors sometimes spend their holidays there.