The Kerlingar-Valley is situated
about 5 kilometres to the east of the hamlet Vik on the south coast.
In the past, before the outwash plain was created by constant glacier
bursts, a cove existed, where the valley is now.
In the saga period,
the so-called Magic-Hedinn lived at the farm Kerlingardalur. At that
time, one of the first missionaries, Thangbrandur, was trying to
Christianize the Icelanders on behalf of King Olaf the holy of Norway.
pagans asked Magic-Hedinn to help them getting rid of this
maniac, who travelled all over the country with the crucifix
in one hand and the sword in the other. With sorcery Hedinn
steered the missionary and his followers into a bog on the
outwash plain Myrdalssandur. Thangbrandur’s horse took him
into this bottomless bog
and disappeared. Thangbrandur barely escaped by jumping from
its back to dry land. This valley is
also mentioned in one of the most popular Sagas of the country, The
Njalssaga, when a battle took place on the banks of the river running
through the valley. The old main road lay through the valley and over
the mountains to the east, down to the outwash plain Myrdalssandur.
part of this road is still passable and takes you through very lovely
landscapes with unforgettable views on a fine day.
(Saga trail South Iceland)