first documented source mentioning this island is the “Book of
Settlements” in connection with the settlement of Island Flatey. The son of Thrandur in Flatey, Hergils hnapprass, settled
there and then his son, Ingjaldur.
According to the “Gisla Saga” he was driven away from there
by Borkur digri for having sheltered Gisli, when he sought him.
island probably was alternatively occupied and abandoned during the
centuries, but in 1783 farmer Eggert Olafsson with his family and others
resettled it. It remained
occupied until 1946. The
island property covers about 30 other islets where hay was made and
seals and birds were hunted. The
home island is not large enough to support so many people, 60
altogether, as lived there after the resettlement in 1783.
activity occurs on some of the islets, such as Reykey and Sandey.
One of the islets Oddbjarnarsker, played such an important role
in the economy of the whole Breidafiord Area, that it is mentioned
West Iceland Saga