"The sister's lake" Iceland Things to Do Tip by margaretvn

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  • the Kirkjugolf - Iceland
      the Kirkjugolf
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The little village of KirkjubŠjarsklauster is to be honest not really a very exciting place with a supermarket and a petrolstation/cafe, a hotel and a camping and pool. The village gets its name from the Benedictine cloister that was there from 1186 until the reformation in 1550. Behind the village is a mountain top called Systrastapi. There is a legend about this top which says that 2 nuns are buried there. They are said to have been burnt to death because they broke the cloisters rules. One of the nuns is said to have had men "friends" and the other said unkind things about the Pope. After the Lutheran leanings were adopted this nun was declared inocent. It is said that then flowers sarted to grow on her grave but the first nun still has no flowers on her grave. On the top of the plateau is the Systravatn or lake of the sisters - where two of the cloister nuns often bathed. One day they were there bathing a hand with a beautiful ring came up out of the lake. The nuns tried to take the ring and disappeared - never to be heard of again. There is a lovely 2 hour walk over the plateau (with the chance of seeing the ring in the lake lol!) You start at the eind of the village by a gate at the abattoir and climb steeply for a few minutes to 130 metres. Be careful as it can be slippy and there are no rails. The walk is singposted and after about a kilometre and a half you go back down hill along a house on route 203. There you walk back to the village. On your way you pass the Kirkjugolf. This is signposted is in the middle of a field. It is a large number of basalt columns which lie level with the ground. For a long time it was thought to be a floor about 80 square metres in size. Actually it is basalt columns which have been worn down by glaciers and seawater. I do not think it is worth going out of your way to see it but if you are passing by it is worth a short stop.

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  • Written Jul 30, 2006
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