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The mountain Lómagnúpur is among the most photographed mountains and natural wonders in Icelandic Landscape. The 690 meters high cliff at the southern end of the mountain stands tall. Something visitors driving the Ring Road approaching the mountain can not but admire as it lifts from the endless sand Skeiðarársandur south of Vatnajökull and Skaftafell.  The mountain is like a magnet for the eye, and with its small ponds, rocks and vegetation surrounding the cliffs is just a perfect item in the landscape to photograph.  On a beautiful calm day it is almost too easy to take beautiful photos of this magnificent mountain.

A cliff that has been around for a long time in Icelandic history

Stories related to Lómagnúpur have been around for a long time.  One of the oldest one is from the famous Saga, Njála.  One of the main characters, Flosi who originally came up with the idea to burn Njáls farm, lived at Svínafell farm near the Svínafell glacier. In one of his dream, he saw a giant walk out from the mountains as it opened and named 25 men out loud, that ended up putting the flames to Njal's farm. After that, he walked back into the mountain.  Possibly the story has its roots in the fact that the cliffs are so steep and high that people feel dwarfed in the presence of the mountain and gave it a supernatural force. 

An unstable mountain with history of landslides

One could argue that Lómagnúpur is one of few mountains in Iceland that have unexpected landslides, even loaded with large bergs and rocks.  One quite significant was documented around the middle of the 17th century on the west side. The landslide is still visible from the farm Núpstaðir.  Another smaller landslide, also visible today both as a scar in the mountain and also at the root of the mountain, occurred on the east side in 1988. It is an unstable creature and possibly as it is the home of large giants.

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Below is the location of Lómagnúpur mountain on the map of Iceland

The mountain Lómagnúpur is among the most photographed mountains and natural wonders in Icelandic Landscape.

 

Eiríksstaðir is a farm and a museum in the West Region in Iceland.  Placed in this historically rich region it is the place where the Viking Erik the Red lived during his troublesome early adult life.  Eric is a famous person in the Icelandic Sagas because of his lethal disputes with his neighbors and also because of his migration to Greenland after being outlawed in Iceland.  Eric is also credited for being the person that discovered Greenland and gave the land its name. But not the least is he famous for being the father of the Viking Leif the Lucky who was born at Eiríksstaðir where he spent his childhood and later in life discovered America centuries before Columbus. 

A great opportunity to understand conditions at the time of settlement

At Eiríksstaðir museum you will find a house similar to the one Erik and his wife Þjóðhildur lived in during the  10th century before they moved to Brattahlíð in Greenland.  At Eiríksstaðir you will also find ruins of the original farm that was documented in excavations around 1998.  It is a fantastic opportunity to see and understand how exactly people lived in the times of settlement. It is also an excellent opportunity to see the condition that the Viking Leif the Lucky lived in when growing up.  The museum also has on display all kinds of interesting tools and weapons that belonged to people during the early settlement years in Iceland.  At Eiríksstaðir

Easily accessible from Vestfjarðarvegur Road Nr. 60

Eiríksstaðir is easily accessible, and you can visit the farm during summer from the beginning of Jun until the end of August.  If you are coming from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland you turn left on Road Nr. 1 approximately 36 kilometres north of Borgarnes town to Road Nr. 60.  After about 32 kilometer drive you turn right on Road Nr. 586 Haukadalsvegur. The distance from the intersection to Eiríksstaðir is about 8 kilometers.  

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Below is the location of Eiríksstaðir on the map of Iceland

Leif the Lucky who was born at Eiríksstaðir