farm is situated on Lake Hofdavatn in the Hofdastond County, District
It was a church site and a parsonage for a time.
The first settler, Hofdi-Thordur Bjarnason, lived there.
His great grandson was Thorfinnur
Thordarson, who was among the first European
settlers in North America in the early 11th century.
He and his wife, Gudridur, had the son Snorri during their short
The family moved back to Iceland and lived at the farm Glaumbaer
in Skagafiord after their return.
grave with the earthly remains of five men was discovered just south of
River Hofdaa in 1952.
They showed signs of a battle or an execution and can probably be
traced back to a battle between the Icelanders and English traders or
fishermen in 1431.
Hofdavatn is the largest lake of the Skagafiord district, 10 km², just
east of the Thordur Promontory.
To the north and south the lake is separated from the sea by low
gravel isthmuses and it abounds with trout and char.
Plans for a large harbour for large freighters and fishing
vessels were made, but were never realized.
Picture: Headland Thordarhofdi.
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