Introduction

Bárður, the subject of Bárðar saga Snæfellsáss, was part giant, part troll and part human. He chose an area near Hellnar, a picturesque spot overlooking a rocky bay, as his home (called Laugarbrekka). Toward the end of his intense saga, he became the guardian spirit of Snæfell. Today Hellnar is a tiny fishing village (once huge) where the shriek of seabirds fills the air and whales are regularly sighted.