Eilifsdalur cuts into Mt. Esja from the Whale Bay in the north to the
mountain's highest point (914m). A synonymous farm is located in
its mouth. The valley was originally settled by Eilifur, who
arrived in Iceland with Helgi bjola. Eilifur's burial mound is
on top of the mountain peak Eilifstindur.
Just north of the valley is a cone shaped mound, Orrustuholl (Battle
mound). According to the Saga of Kjalnesingar, the brothers
Helgi and Vakur, the sons of Arngrimur of Saurbaer, chased Bui
Andridarson with 12 men, but Bui only had one companion on his way to
a ship on the Hrutafjordur bay. He was aware of the chase and
stopped to collect stones to prepare his defence on the mound.
The two men stoned their enemies and then attacked them. Bui
managed to kill six and wound the others before the farmer Eilifur
arrived to interfere. Bui was not wounded.
SOUTHWEST ICELAND SAGA TRAILS