Hvanndalabjarg is a 600 m high precipice between
the Olaf’s Bay and Angelica Valleys.
It is indented with gorges and gullies.
According to the legend about Rev. Halfdan Narfason at Fell in
the Slettuhlid County and the farmer of the Malmey Island on the
Skagafiord Bay, giants occupied the Hvanndalabjarg in the past. In the far past a curse was cast on the island Malmey.
No married couples could live on the island longer than twenty
years or the wife would disappear. This happened once and the farmer sought advice and help from
the Rev., who claimed not to be able to do anything to find the woman.
The Rev. was clairvoyant and knew what had happened and where
the wife was being kept.
farmer persisted and eventually the Rev. told him, that he would
definitely not want his wife back if he saw her again.
The farmer still persisted and begged the Rev. to take him to her. They set off, both
riding the same horse. They
rode until they reached the Hvanndalabjarg, where the Rev. knocked on
the sheer cliff. It
opened up and there stood a grim giant and the farmers’ wife, who
had become much bigger and very ugly.
The Reverend’s assertion came true, because the farmer lost
all interest in reclaiming his wife.
North Iceland Saga Trail