The former farm
Kolvidarholl at the foot of the Hellisskard Pass was a popular and a necessary resort for the travellers in
the past. It was situated on the most frequented route between the
capital area and the agricultural area in the southwest.
A refuge hut
was built there in 1844 and later on the guest house, which operation
was not profitable in the long run and stopped in 1952. In 1977 the
houses were demolished.
According to the
legendes, one of many well known at Kolviðarhóll was the
Brennivín Ghost. He was said to have been the son of a Danish
attendant, at the Sunchenberg store in Reykjavík. His duties lay in
keeping count of liquor in store, but was also a liquor lover himself.
He used to take horsebackrides to Kolvidarhóll and to Marardalur every
summer to quench his thirst for liquor, considering these trips to be
his best. This man passed away in his bed in Reykjavík, but the
following winter two men from the south of Iceland were riding over
the meadow, heading for the shelter on Kolviðarhóll to rest.
(Saga trail South Iceland)
SOUTHWEST ICELAND SAGA TRAILS