Farm Myrka is a former parsonage and a church site in the Horgardalur
One of the most popular ghost stories is related to the former
It tells us about the deacon of Myrka and a young woman he was
Their relationship was in the beginning stages, when he invited
her to spend Christmas at Myrka and said he would pick her up in time.
On his way he had to ford River Horga on horseback.
river was swollen and fast flowing, when he attempted the crossing,
failed and drowned.
His head was badly wounded by the ice.
He did not let death stop him from carrying out his promise and
fetched the woman and put her in the saddle behind him.
On the way, the clouds drifted away from the moon and she got a
glimpse of his bare skull. She realized then, that he was dead, but did not reveal her
When they arrived at Myrka, the deacon wanted to pull her into
his open grave in the cemetery, but she managed to reach for the rope of
the bell in the cemetery gate.
The deacon let loose his grip and plunged into his grave and
She, however, never recovered fully from this experience.
last church at Myrka stood there into the 20th century, when
the parish was united with the Baegisa parish further east.
The cemetery is still used and still has the gate with the bell.
North Iceland Saga Trail