is a cove close to the mouth of the southern side of the
Bay, between the Stadarhlid Slopes and Mt Vebjarnarnupur.
The upper part of the Stadarhlid Slopes is precipitous and below
screes continue down to the sea, where the rock formations Mariahorn
(pyramid shaped) and Ofaera (a basaltic dyke with two holes) decorate
At low tides it is possible to walk through the hole closer to
land and sail small boats through the other one during high tides.
The beautiful surroundings are quite well vegetated during summer
and were relatively densely populated in the past.
The Stadardalur Valley between the mountains Geirsfjall and
Seljafjall is rather short and ends at the Ytraskard in the Snaefjallastrond area.
The precipitous mountain frame of the valley reaches 700 m above
mean sea level.
main basis of livelihood was fishing and fish processing, but all that
ended in 1962 when the last inhabitants abandoned the area and left the
Jokulfiord area totally desolate.
No sources reveal the exact beginning of the settlement of
The conditions for fishing outfits on the cove were relatively
good, but in the beginning of the 19th century the fishing hamlets with
better harbour conditions for larger vessels, which could not be pulled
ashore for their protection grew in size and the fishing outfits based
on open boats diminished. The
is still standing and maintained.
The Sturlunga Saga tells us about the brothers Atli and Thormodur
Hjalmarsson from Grunnavik, who fought with sons of Thorvaldur of the
Vatnsfiord Bay against Sturla Sighvatsson at Stakkgardur near Valleys
Hundadalir in the Dalir District.
visitors and summer residents in Grunnavik enjoy a walk past Mariahorn
Along the way is a narrow lowland stretch called Stadareyrar,
where ruins of old fishing outfits are still very obvious and to the
Stadur church is a clear track from Grunnavik to the Hofdastrond and the
Another clear track from the abandoned farm Nes in the slopes of
the Mt Snaefjoll Moorland continues to the shores of the large bay
STRANDIR SAGA TRAILS