Egil's Saga

Egil's Saga starts by recounting the tale of Kveldúlfur, grandfather of the warrior-poet Egil Skallagrímsson, who fled to Iceland during the 9th century after a falling out with the king of Norway. Kveldúlfur grew gravely ill on the journey, and instructed his son, Skallagrímur Kveldúlfsson, to throw his coffin overboard after he died and build the family farm wherever it washed ashore – this happened to be at Borg á Mýrum. Egil Skallagrímsson grew up to be a fierce and creative individual who killed his first adversary at the age of seven, went on to carry out numerous raids on Ireland, England and Denmark, and saved his skin many a time by composing eloquent poetry. Learn about him at Borgarnes' excellent Settlement Centre.

For those who'd like to go deep into how the saga ties to the landscape around Borgarnes, download the detailed Locatify SmartGuide smartphone or iPad app and load the 'Egils Saga, Borg on the Moors' tour, which tells the stories of local landmarks from the tale. The Settlement Centre has marked eight of the sites with cairns, including Brákin, Borg á Mýrum and Skallagrímsgarður, the burial mound of Skallagrímsson's father and son.