Eiriksstadir is an abandoned farmstead in the Haukadalur valley.
According to the Eric Saga and the Greenlander Saga, Erik the red
lived there. He was the father of Leif the lucky, who discovered North
America in the year 1000.
brought up at Eiriksstadir to the age of six, when his family had to
emigrate to Greenland. In the year 985, a few men from the farm
Breidabolstadur near the farm Drangar had attacked his father after he
had collected a dept there rather forcefully. The result was the death of two
of the sons of the farmer at Breidabolstadur and Erik was exiled from
After having settled on
the west coast of Greenland, Erik probably got bored and
needed the company of more people. Thus, he sailed back to Iceland and
told everyone who would listen how outstanding it was to
live in Greenland. He managed to convince quite a few
families to accompany him back there to settle, but half of
the fleet of almost 30 ships was lost at sea. This was the
beginning of the Icelandic settlement of Greenland.
West Iceland Saga
The museum is
open daily during summer.
Tel.: 434 1118; 434 1132.
requests for visits are arranged by the Dalir
District Tourist Representetive
or by Magnina Kristjansdottir
Tel.: 434 1221.
cured shark and the Icelandic brandy, The Black Death, are also
arranged upon request.