Posted by: carterlakelife | August 7, 2008

Hwy #1 comes to an end

It is our last day of the journey.  Hwy #1 will end today with a return to Reykjavík.  There are a few more sights to see before we say good-bye…


Hofsós has been a wonderful place to visit. 

We took our breakfast along the shores of the ocean this morning,  what a wonderful way to start the day!

It looks as if today will be a very nice one.


Bill Holm http://www.billholm.com/ is a writer who lives in Hofsós during parts of the year.  We saw Bill at the museum where we paid for our nights lodging while talking to a lady from Lundar.  Small world!   In our guesthouse, there was a small Canadian flag stuck into one of the flower pots, I imagine it was left by the man from Winnipeg who has stayed there just a few nights before.

Iceland is full of history and legends.  There is always something to be found along the road that leads you down a differnt path than the one you thought you were on. 

Our last stop today was the sight of the last execution in Iceland.  It took place on January 12, 1830, in Vatnsdalshólar in Húnavatnssýsla. The convicts were Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a farmhand, and Friðrik Sigurðsson, a farmer’s son from Katadalur. Their crime was the murder of two men on March 14, 1828: Nathan Ketilsson, a farmer of Illugastaðir, and Pétur Jónsson of the Geitaskarð farm. 

After speaking with Elísabet´s family, it is now known that she is related to Agnes Magnúsdóttir as well as Nathan Ketilsson.  Both Agnes and Friðrik were beheaded at the site and their heads were placed on stakes. 
Their bodies were later moved to a church yard near-by. 

And so ends the trip along HWY #1 aka The Ring Road.  There are so many more stories I could tell and pictures to show.  I look forward to talking to you soon and filling in the gaps that I have missed.  My pictures can be found on my picasa web albums if you are interested in seeing more.  http://picasaweb.google.com/carterlakelife

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