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“Saga pilgrimage-site”
Review of Helgafell

Helgafell
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Essential for anyone fascinated by Laxdaela Saga. Clean public toilets by the car park. No other facilities (why would there be?) but a box on the fence net to Gudrun's grave allows you to address a postcard to yourself certifying that you've climbed the hill - this will later be posted to you by the resident farmer.
We borrowed bicycles from Hotel Egilsen in Stykkisholmur and cycled there - an easy 30-minute ride on well-made, largely empty roads through stunning scenery.

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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We visited this "holy mountain" where you had to climb to the top without talking or looking back and then turn east and make a wish. Hardest part when we were there was the strong winds.

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Helgafell is located about 2 miles south of Stykkisholmur. You can park near the farm and walk down the road to the church and graveyard. Whoever walks up Helgafell is granted 3 wishes, but only after having fulfilled the following conditions: 1. Begin by walking to the grave of Gudrunar Osvifursdottir (located between the church & the base of Helgafell, it's surrounded by a white fence) and make the sign of the cross over it. 2. Next, walk in silence up the mountain, looking neither to the right nor the left. 3. Finally, after having reached the top, walk into the rock quarry and while looking towards the East, quietly and sincerely make three wishes. Tell no one the wishes. This was a fun experience climbing to the top of Helgafell and the scenic view of the surrounding area was worth the short hike.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Excellent view over the area. Don't miss the little church that is at the foot of the hill. A short walk takes you up and down.

Thank R Z
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Like others have said, if you climb to the top without looking back, make 3 wishes. I did not make it without looking back. Greta from the Egilsen Inn also told us to check out the graveyard nearby. Many of the graves had bedframes. You are also supposed to travel three times around the graveyard before your climb to help your wishes come true :)

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