Farm Thvotta is the southernmost farm of the
Around the year 1000 the renowned Saga personality Hallur
Thorsteinsson, or Sidu-Hallur, lived there.
He received the priest and missionary Thangbrandur, who spent the
winter with him. Sidu-Hallur
and his whole household were baptized in the river by the farm and since
then it was named River Thvotta (The Wash River).
The farm gets its freshwater supplies from the so-called
Thangbrandur Well, where the missionary probably held services at St.
Michael’s Mass with the people of Thvotta attending the day before
they were baptized. A ruin
by the well was declared inviolate.
was a church site until 1754 and a parsonage for a long time.
The old cemetery is still obvious.
Mt Maelifell (487m) is closer to the sea and north of it are
Sellond (Summer Pastures).
whole area is rather colourful because of the rhyolite intrusions and
quite a few basaltic dykes decorate the landscape.
These formations were created by the ancient and extinct central
volcano, which has now mostly disappeared under the Alftafiord Bay.
Traces of several minerals were discovered in the area, gold,
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