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MODRUVELLIR FARM

Region: North Iceland
Coordinates: 65.7699395° N 18.2486062° W

Modrufell is a farm in Hrafnagilshreppur county in district Eyjafjordur.

Magistrate Ari Jonsson, son of bishop Jon Arason, lived there. He was Sagas of Icelandaccompanying his father and brother at farm Saudafell in the Dalir District in West Iceland in the year 1550, when the three of them were arrested. They were brought to the seat of the seat of the bishop of the southern see, Skalholt and beheaded.

One of the four leper asylums of the country was built at Modruvellir. A few carved wooden boards from ancient houses on the premises have been preserved in the National Museum.

Above the farm is a rough area with big boulders, an example of one of many landslides in the area. One rowan tree existed at Modrufell for centuries. It was considered holy and became a source of myths and poetry. The oldest rowan trees of farm Skrida and town Akureyri are descentants from this tree.

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This manor and parsonage is situated in the mouth of the Horgardalur valley on the Eyjafjordur Bay. The church was built during the period 1865-1867 after a fire, which consumed the earlier one. The present church is an exact replica of the former one and no effort was spared to make it as elaborate as possible.

 

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