coastline Upsaströnd stretches between the perpendicular promontory
Olafsfjardarmuli and River Brimnesa in Dalvik. Its name is derived from
a houselike mountain Upsi. Among the abandoned farms of this area are
Saudanes and Saudaneskot, where there is a shelter for the farmers
during the sheep roundup and others. A much used, old and difficult
mountain trail connected Upsir with Reykir in Olafsfiord.
The parsonage and church site Upsir was moved to Dalvik in
1960. According to the Svarfdaela Saga, Karl the Red lived there,
and one of the bishops of the northern see, Gudmundur the Good, served
there before he was ordained. The last church at Upsir was built
after the previous one was blown off its foundations in 1900. It
was demolished and a few of its posessions were sold to the National
Museum, i.e. an ancient, Roman crucifix, the only one preserved in
Iceland, and an Icelandic altarpiece.
The first Md General was born at Upsir (1712-79). He established
the country’s first pharmacy at Nes by Lake Seltjorn in the Southwest,
convinced the Danish authorities to place an Md in each
quarter of the country, and send a Danish midwife to
Iceland. In 1908 an ancient burial site with 14 graves
containing the bones of people and horses and quite a few
atrefacts was discovered on the estuaries of River Brimnesa.
North Iceland Saga Trail