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Berserkjagata Path on Snæfellsnes – the Oldest Man-made Highway Building in Iceland of which the Builders are identified

Berserkjahraun lava field on the north side of Snæfellsnes peninsula, west Iceland

My husband within the lava discipline

On this travel-blog I’m going to point out you the oldest man-made street building in Iceland of which the builders are identified, or no less than that’s what the Icelandic Sagas inform us.

It’s known as the Berserkjagata path and leads by way of the Berserkjahraun lava discipline.

Berserkjahraun lava field in Snæfellsnes

Berserkjahraun lava discipline

This travel-blog is a facet weblog of The Magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland – Half IV- Mt. Kirkjufell & Grundarfjörður and far more, which is part of my 5 elements travel-blog sequence in regards to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, the place I present you what there’s to see and do in chronological order on this lovely peninsula in West-Iceland.

Right here is an element one if you wish to observe my journey: The Magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland – Half I.Berserkjagata on the Snæfellsnes peninsula

Strolling on the Berserkjagata path

There are various volcanos and thus many lava fields on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. This lava discipline, which is 3,600-4,000 years outdated known as Berserkjahraun or the Berserk lava discipline, and is situated on the northern facet of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. 

The lava stems from 4 in another way sized scoria craters.

It fashioned 2 lakes, one in every of which you’ll be able to see should you go to the attractive waterfall in Vatnaleið,  

The lava is huge right here and we frequently cease the automobile by the knowledge indicators resulting in Bjarnarhöfn and have a stroll within the lava subsequent to the street. 

Regína by the Shark Museum sign Snæfellsnes

The shark signal resulting in Hákarlasafnið – the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn

It’s enjoyable taking pictures right here, however simply think about what it will need to have seemed like in the course of the volcanic eruption!  Let’s watch out within the lava, it’s no enjoyable falling on the sharp lava.

The Viking Saga which occurred on this space is depicted in Eyrbyggja Saga. It’s a lengthy story however a really brief model of the story is that two berserks from Sweden, Halli, and Leiknir, have been killed right here and buried by Víga-Styr the Slayer after the berserks made a bridle path by way of the rugged lava discipline on his demand. 

Berserkjagarður fence in Berserkjahraun in Snæfellsnes

Berserkjagarður fence by Berserkjagata in Berserkjahraun lava discipline

Víga-Styr’s brother, Vermundur hinn mjóvi or Vermundur the skinny in Bjarnarhöfn, had imported the berserks to Iceland from Norway in 982. However they have been simply too rampageous, so he could not handle them and gave them to his brother.

Víga-Styr had his palms full attempting to manage the brothers. Halli the berserk then requested for Víga-Styr’s daughter, Ásdís, hand in marriage or they’d “unfriend” him, because it have been. 

Mt. Helgafell on the Snæfellsnes peninsula

Mt. Helgafell is near Berserkjagata and Bjarnarhöfn

Styr consulted the Chieftain Snorri at Helgafell, They walked to the highest of Mt. Helgafell and talked till the night. No person is aware of what they talked about.

When Styr obtained again dwelling he informed Halli that he might marry his daughter, Ásdís, after the berserks completed making the trail and a boundary fence throughout the lava. 

Regína in Berserkjahraun lava field Snæfellsnes peninsula

By the boundary fence in Berserkjahraun 

However Víga-Styr was not going to make his daughter marry a berserk, so he tricked the brothers after they completed making the trail. (And in a while, Snorri goði married Ásdís).

Víga-Styr invited the berserks to take a shower in a scorching tub (baðstofa) he had made within the floor and after the berserks had stepped into it he closed it and put large rocks on high of it with the aim of killing the brothers within the warmth from the recent tub.

Berserkjadys burial mound in Snæfellsnes

Berserkjadys in Berserkjahraun lava discipline by Berserkjagata the place apparently the berserks are buried

The berserks managed to interrupt their approach free from the recent tub however Víga-Styr killed them as they exited the bathtub. He then had them moved to a small valley within the lava discipline and buried them there by the Berserkjagata path.

So if you wish to stroll within the Berserkjahraun lava discipline know that there are two berserks buried in it.  And thus the identify of the lava discipline – Berserkjahraun.

The sign of preserved antiquities

An indication by the Berserkjagarður fence displaying us that right here we discover preserved outdated archaeological finds

Right here is the oldest man-made street construction in Iceland, of which the builders are identified.

Berserkjahraun stretches right down to the ocean by Bjarnarhöfn and south-east of it you possibly can see the trail they made and a grave has been discovered with the bones of two very giant males (berserks).

There was no yellow “Friðlýstar fornleifar” – which means preserved antiquities signal by the Berserkjadys, however I discovered such an indication by Berserkjagarður fence.

Berserkjagata trail on the Snæfellsnes peninsula

The signal by Berserkjagata within the nightfall

Berserkjahraun is on the Pure historical past web site register. Right here you possibly can see the situation of Berserkjahraun on the map.

I’ve visited Berserkjagata a few occasions, however all the time appear to be right here within the nightfall, so I’ve hurried a bit as I don’t wish to get misplaced within the lava discipline at midnight!

The end of Berserkjagata trail Snæfellsnes

Right here appeared to be the tip of the Berserkjagata path and it was getting late so we turned across the identical approach

There isn’t any point out in Eyrbyggja Saga of the berserks rising from demise and revenging their homicide.

There are a number of such accounts in Eyrbyggja and it comprises some grotesque ghost tales that can make your hair rise like this one Fróðárheiði Heath & the Fróðá Wonders – Icelandic Folklore: Ghosts and Zombies within the Viking Age! and one other scary story from Álftafjörður on Skógarströnd.Lava troll in Berserkjahraun lava field Snæfellsnes

A lava troll, which resembles a berserk by the tip of the path

I like to recommend studying the very fascinating Eyrbyggja earlier than you go to the Snæfellsnes peninsula – it’s one in every of my favorite Icelandic Sagas as after studying it, the Snæfellsnes peninsula turns into alive with Viking settlers, outdated parliaments, ghosts, and Viking disputes and battles.

I inform you extra in my travel-blog, the place I present you the location of the outdated Þórsnessþing parliament, which dates again to the Settlement of Iceland: 

The Magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland – Half V – Stykkishólmur & the Journey again to Reykjavíok

I present you the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum on Google Maps because the Berserkjagata path just isn’t marked.

I like to recommend visiting the Shark Museum, it’s fairly a novel expertise. I inform you about my go to to the Shark Museum and far far more in my travel-blog: The Magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West-Iceland – Half IV- Mt. Kirkjufell & Grundarfjörður and far more.

Have a stunning time on the Snæfellsnes peninsula 🙂



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