"The hiding place of Erik the Red (EirÝkur rau­i)." Stykkishˇlmur Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

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  EirÝksvogur bay.
by Regina1965

Next to DÝmonarklakkar by Íxney island is EirÝksvogur bay, where Erik the Red (EirÝkur rau­i), hid and prepared his ship for his escape to Greenland. See my tip on EirÝkssta­ir on my Iceland page, where Erik the Red lived with his wife and son Leif the Lucky (Leifur heppni).

EirÝkur had been chased out of Norway for manslaughter and was later also chased out of EirÝkssta­ir for killings and evildoings - it seems like he was somewhat a bit of a thug! He tried living in Íxney island but the same happened there.

He then sailed to Greenland, where he stayed for 3 years, and gave it its name to get people to move there - "Greenland" - quite a contradiction. Twenty five ships left the icy Iceland for this lovely Greenland in year 985. We Icelanders have always thought of this as a very dirty trick on Eirik the Red's behalf. EirÝk's son, Leif the Lucky sailed to North-America and was the first European to land there - thus it is said that Leif the Lucky "discovered" America and not Columbus in 1492. He returned to Greenland and became a missionary there and his mother built the first church in Greenland.

The story goes that there was woodland on these islands and thus his ship could have been hidden away here. It is all barren now.

Address: In Brei­afjar­ar islands.

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  • Updated Oct 7, 2011
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