Project Description



Vatnsdalshólar are a peculiar cluster of hills and hillocks, scattered over a five square kilometre area. It is believed that the hills were formed as a result of a catastrophic landslide from Mt. Víðisfjall. Vatnsdalshólar are considered to be one of the three ‘innumerable’ phenomena in Iceland, along with the lakes in Arnarvatnsheiði and the islands in Breiðafjörður. The three hillocks called Þrístapar on the northern side of the main road is where the last public execution took place, on January 12th, 1830. The site is marked with a memorial, as well as the block and axe used for the execution are preserved at the National Museum in Reykjavik.


GPS: N65° 29′ 46.845″ W20° 22′ 44.530″