Arnarstapi is a rocky mound just south of road # 1 at the eastern end of the Vatnsskard mountain pass. The monument on its top commemorates the Rocky Mountain Poet Stephan G. Stephansson and the emigrants of the period 1870-1914, 16.200 people, who had to start anew abroad.
Most of them headed for North America (Canada and the Northern United States; See Hofsos / The Emigration Centre). The basso relieves depict the poet at different ages. The designer of the monument was the sculptor and woodcarver Rikhardur Jonsson. The panoramic view over most of the Skagafiord District on a fine day is excellent.
North Iceland Saga Trail