Ræningjatangi

Ræningjatangi, (“Pirate point”) near Stórhöfði. In 1627 sea rovers from Algeria landed there and killed scores of people. A number escaped by hiding in caves and the lava fields, but about 240 people were taken to Algeria and sold there as slaves. A few were rescued about ten years later. One of the most famous of these was Guðríður Símonardóttir, known as Tyrkja–Gudda (“Turk–Guðríður”), who later married the priest and poet Hallgrímur Pétursson, author of the Passíusálmar (“Passion Hymns”).