Langavatnsdalur

Langavatnsdalur, the valley north of Langavatn. There were farms there in settlement times, after which it was grazing land for sheep and bulls until the mid–19th century, when the bulls all drowned in the lake. A farm was built there in the early 19th century but the attempt came to tragic end when first, the farmer got lost and died of exposure when he had gone to the nearest farm to fetch fire, and then the daughter was caught stealing a horse, for food, from Hörðudalur (see Roads 57 and 581). There used to be a track up the valley, over Sópandaskarð pass and along the Laugardalur valley to Hörðudalur. It was much–travelled in early times, e.g. in the 13th century, the time of the Sturlungas.