in the Oraefi County was among the largest and most important estates of
Eastern Iceland in the Past.
Njal’s Saga has one of its stages of events there, when Flosi
Thordarson lived there shortly after the year 1000.
Hildigunnur, the wife of Hoskuldur the chieftain of Hvitanes, was
his niece and Hoskuldur was the foster brother of the sons of Njall, who
raised him with them. Njal’s
sons killed Hoskuldur and Flosi was obliged to carry out the revenge.
This event resulted in the burning of Njal’s farm,
Bergthorshvoll, and his family’s death.
man named Ormur Ormsson (1241-1270), who lived at Svinafell, was the
last of the chieftains in Iceland to acknowledge Norwegian sovereignty
in Iceland. Later he and
Hrafn Oddsson were delegated commissioners of the Norwegian king in
Iceland. Ormur never served as one, because he drowned off the coast
Oraefi Area usually enjoys mild weather, but sometimes tremendous gusts
of wind come rushing down the mountain passes and sweep everything lying
loose away and sometimes caused property damage, accidents and losses of
lives. The glacier snout
Svinafellsjokull stretches its paw close to the farm, which is only
sheltered by a low hill and a high moraine. Svinafell offers the travellers a nice outdoor swimming pool
heated by the garbage incinerator of the area and nice camping grounds.
(Saga trail South Iceland)