The old estate Illugastadir on the Vatnsnes
Peninsula is a historic place. It was the stage of a double murder
tragedy in the early 19th century when two men were killed
in a fire started by a young couple on March 13th, 1828.
The two unfortunate, young people who killed the two men, stole all
valuables, and set the fire to hide their tracks, were members of a
larger group of enemies of the proprietor of the farm. After the
misdeed, they were caught and sentenced to death and beheaded in the
so-called Three Mound Area of the Lake Valley in 1830. This turned out
to be the last execution carried out in Iceland.
was abolished after that, the axe, and the block are preserved in the
National Museum of Iceland. Much has been written about this
unfortunate incident and shortly before the turn of the 20th
century, the first film about it was made.
North Iceland Saga Trail