topographic name refers to the vegetated slope of a lava mound on the
ancient main route over the Kjolur Highlands between the southern and
northern parts of the country. Still
nowadays, a great number of bones of sheep and horses lie scattered all
over the slope to remind us of a tragic event in the past.
During the summer of 1780, a
plague had caused the loss of most of the sheep in the
Skagafjordur District. Two
brothers were sent along with a few workers from Farm Reynistadur to
the southern part of the country late that summer to buy a new
livestock. They were not
ready to head back with their flock until October 28th.
They had bought 180 heads of sheep and headed back across the
Kjolur Route with 3 workers and 16 horses.
When they arrived at the lava mound a blizzard caught up with
them and they had to seek shelter.
They pitched their tents and left the animals to cope on their
own. One of the workers
tried to continue to the north and later only his hand in a glove was
found in the canyon of River Blanda.
The four, who stayed behind all died in their tent, which was
found the next spring. When
a separate trip was made to fetch their bodies, the brothers had
disappeared. They were not
found until 66 years later.
proceedings were started in connection with the disappearance of the two
bodies, partly because the brothers had not used all the money they had
taken along for the purchase of the sheep.
None of the money was ever recovered and no culprit was ever
found. Only a few sheep and one horse made it to the north on their
own later that winter and next spring.
Twice one of the brothers appeared in his sister’s dreams
telling her where to find their bodies, but in vain.
The memorial on the lava mound was unveiled in 1971 by relatives
of the brothers.
HIGHLAND ICELAND SAGA