Húsafell

This “pearl between lava and glaciers” is a popular tourist resort during the summer, with its surrounding birch woods, chalets, camping site and swimming pool. The glaciers Eiríksjökull and Ok underline beautifully the contrast between the vegetation of this “oasis” and the desolate wilderness beyond it. Húsafell was once the benefice of the Reverend Snorri Björnsson (1710-1803), who features in many folktales for his physical strength and skills at disposing of ghosts. He is said to have lifted the stone which can still be seen there, called Kvíahella (180 kg). Primitivist artist Páll Guðmundsson has made sculptures from local rocks, which are on exhibit outdoors, and has piled up a “Ghost Memorial.”

 Hiking Paths

Húsafell. Just one of the numerous delightful places to walk in and around Húsafell lies west from the chalets to Oddar, with its diverse bird life, birch woods on islets and hot springs. Nearby is the confluence of the rivers Norðlingafljót and Hvítá, just above Hundavaðsfoss waterfall. This route takes around an hour and a half to walk.

Other places to see near the Farmhouse are Draugaréttur, where the Reverend Snorri Bjornsson (1710-1803) is said to have put 81 ghosts to rest, and the stone he is said to have lifted, called Kvíahella (180 kg). Primitivist artist Páll Guðmundsson has made sculptures of bizarre beings from local rock which are on exhibit outdoors nearby, at Bæjargil.






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