Vidfjordur cove is the southernmost of the Nordfjordur Bay.
Farmhouses, which were abandoned in 1955, are still standing,
maintained and used as a summer residence.
Boat trips from the village Neskaupsstadur to the cove are very
popular among those who want to enjoy the beautiful
surroundings or hike across the mountain passes to the
For centuries on end the farm was haunted and during the first
half of the 20th century, the ghosts became unusually
hostile, attacked people and then disappeared in smoke and sparks of
were blamed for the drowning of three brothers, who were fishing on the
bay in the autumn of 1936.
One of the renowned authors of the country, Thorbergur Thordarson,
wrote a novel based on these events in 1943.
Before the farm was
abandoned the same family had lived there since about 1750.
a mound on the property, called Engihjalli, are supposedly some burial
mounds of men who were killed in a battle between the people of Vidfiord
A long going dispute concerning the ownership of grazings
eventually led to this bloody battle.
In the mountain pass Dys between the Vidfiord cove and the
Reydarfiord Bay further south are also said to be burial mounds of 17-18
Spaniards, who were killed there by the people of the Vidfiord farm.
It was considered good practice by passers by to throw stones on
top of them for safe passages.
East Iceland Saga Trail