long abandoned farm Haugsnes in Blonduhlid is a historical site on the plains near
River Djupadalsa in the Skagafiordur District.
It was a farmstead for
centuries in the past, when the most bloody and fatal battle of the
Sturlunga age in the 13th century took place there. Two
rival chieftains lead their armies together there on the 18th
of April 1246. They ruled the northern part of the country, one the
western and the other the eastern part and both wanted to expand their
Thordur kakali, the ruler of the
eastern part, had the upper hand in the battle, and executed his
opponent, Brandur, on a spot of the plains, Rodugrund, where a
crucifix was erected in his memory.
Sturlunga Saga describes the battle in some detail and alleges, that
no other battles of these unsettled times had claimed so many human
North Iceland Saga Trail