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Kirkjugˇlf

Kirkjugˇlf Kirkjugˇlfi­ (The Church Floor) just east of KirkjubŠjarklaustur, by the road 203. It is a bizarre expanse of columnar basalt, eroded and

Kirkjugˇlf

Kirkjugˇlf
Kirkjugˇlf

Kirkjugˇlfi­ (The Church Floor) is in the field just east of KirkjubŠjarklaustur. It's an approx. 80 m▓ expanse of columnar basalt, eroded and shaped by glaciers and waves. There has never been a church there but the plane looks as though it's man made. Columnar basalt is formed when lava flow gets cooled and contraction forces build up. Cracks then form horizontally and the extensive fracture network that develops results in the six sided formation of the columns. Kirkjugˇlf is a protected natural
 monument.

Hildishaugur (Hildir's Mound), the mound of Hildir Eysteinsson lies a short way from Kirkjugˇlf. In Landnßma (The Book of Settlement), a medieval Icelandic manuscript, it is said that Ketill fÝflski (Ketill the Foolish) lived at KirkjubŠr, but Ketill was a Christian. Earlier, Irish hermits (Papar) lived at KirkjubŠr and tradition says that the place was enchanted, so that pagans couldn't live there. Hildir Eysteinsson, a pagan, didn't believe this and attempted to move to KirkjubŠr. When he set foot on the estate, he fell down dead.


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