is the northernmost cove of the Eastfjords between the headlands
Landsendi and Skalanes. Its only lowland area is the short, but well
vegetated valley, where the present road meanders down its steep
northern slopes from Pass Vatnsskard. This road, which continues via
Borgarfiord East, is blocked by
snow during winter. Passers by sometimes spot grazing herds of
reindeers in the mountain slopes.
This area is closely conntected with the Sagas of Eastern
Iceland and still nowadays old ruins of a long stone wall
and farms are prominent. According to the Book of
Settlements, Torkell fullspakur settled there, but later
chieftain Ketill trymur. His nephew was Tidrandi
Geitisson, who was the most outstanding young man of the
East. For a while a Norwegian, Gunnar, was a hired
hand with Ketill. He accidentally shot an arrow at
Tidrandi and killed him. At the same time his master,
Ketill, was slain in a battle nearby. After the
killings, Gunnar was named "The Tidrandi Killer". He
managed to leave the country, assisted by another settler,
the lady Aud djupudga, in the western part of the country.
In ancient times the valley
was densely populated, but nowadays only one farm remains.
The farm Stekkur stood to the east of the Njardvik farms.
During the winter of 1883 an avalance
killed six people there and two were rescued. The
church at Njardvik was abolished by law in 1970.
During Catholic times it was dedicated to the Holy Mary.
East Iceland Saga Trail