Road no. 1
passes the farm Stora-Gilja in the Hunavatn District in the North.
first Christian missionary, Thorvaldur Kodransson the widely
travelled, was born there. He travelled about the country shortly
before the year 1000 with a Saxon bishop, Frederick, and tried to
were not ready to accept the new religion at the time and their effort
was mostly in vain. The Saxon bishop, however, managed to convert
Thorvaldur's father, who was a true believer in the old, pagan gods.
He mainly placed his trust in a ghost in a big stone near the farm and
was not convinced in the power of Christ until the bishop delivered
such a powerful sermon by the stone, that it split open and the ghost
In 1981 it was
celebrated, that a millennium had passed since the first
attempt was made to Christianize the Icelanders and the
crucifix and the monument were unveiled near the big
stone, formerly occupied by this pagan ghost.
Pic.: Goldstone near Stora-Gilja