is a lake, farm and a church site
in Pass Ljosavatnsskard near the mouth of Valley Bardardalur. It was an
official assembly place for the district and common assembly place until
the turn of the 19th century and a primary and secondary
school during the period 1908-14.
Ljosavatn is best known as the
residence of the pagan chieftain Thorgeir Thorkelsson before and after
the year 1000. That year, the common parliament for the whole
country, Althingi, was to choose between Paganism and Christianity as
the state religion. The majority of the people was pagan, but
Christians had lived in the country from the beginning and many had been
babtized since the Age of Settlement. The armies of both groups
stood in the Parliamentary Plains ready to fight for their believes,
when wise men succeeded in convincing the assembly to leave the decision
up to one of the chieftains and Thorgeir was chosen. He accepted this
responsibility on the condition, that there would be no
disputes about his decision, and left to deliberate.
His decided for Christianity, and most of the people
attending were babtized on the spot or on their way home.
grandfather, Thorkell mani, was among the settlers of the country. He
built his farm at Oxara, on the banks of a river by the same name,
nowadays the southernmost farm of County Ljosavatn. Big family houses
descended from the so-called Ljosvetninga Clan, such as the ones named
after the farms Reykjahlid and Skutustadir on Lake Myvatn.