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Unearthed

“IT WAS KNOWN THAT THERE WERE CAVES HERE AT ODDI. BUT I NEVER EXPECTED TO FIND ONE THAT WAS STILL INTACT. ESPECIALLY NOT SUCH A BIG ONE.” Lucky number 12After the death of Þorlákur Þórhallsson, Bishop of Skálholt, in 1193, stories of miracles that occurred in his diocese were collected as part of efforts to […]

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Stöð Stövarfjörður Viking Age longhouse excavation
Culture

Buried

Once upon a time, there was a brave Viking chief called Ingólfur Arnarson. He took to the open ocean along with his family and farmhands to seek out a land far across the sea that only a handful of explorers had visited. When Ingólfur saw this new, uninhabited land rise from the sea, knowing nothing of its opportunities or the challenges it presented, he asked the gods for direction on where to settle. Ingólfur threw his high-seat pillars overboard, swearing an oath to build his farm wherever they came ashore. The gods directed the pillars to Reykjavík, where Ingólfur made his home in the year 874.

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