DAY 4: Laugar – Eiriksstadir – Hvammstangi – Thingeyrar - Varmahid
Approximate distance: ca318km / 198miles
Home of Leif Eiriksson – Elf Folklore – Saga of Laxdæla
Breakfast at your hotel. From Borgarnes, drive northwards to the fertile farmlands of Budardalur. Visit Eiriksstadir, the original home of Erik the Red, first settler of Greenland; and the birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, who sailed all the way to America according to the Sagas. At this living history museum and archeological site, you´ll experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the Sagas and Vikings. A short drive down the road brings you to Leifsbud Museum and the Vineland Exhibit of Leif Eiriksson, with tools and artifacts from the Viking Age.
In addition to Viking history, the Dalabyggd region is enchanting and magical, with countless stories of elves, ghosts and sorcerers. The "Elf Colony" in the rock at Tungustapi is the setting for one of Iceland’s most-loved folktales, but it is also the heart of the Laxdaelasaga, one of Iceland’s historic Sagas.
Drive via Laxardalsheidi heath and along Vatnsnes peninsula to enjoy the extraordinary rock formation of Hvítserkur and, hopefully, spot some seals sunning themselves. The final stop of the day isat the small church of Þingeyrar, the former site of Iceland’s first monastery, established in Iceland in the early 12th century.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Varmahlíð area.