Blöndulón – Auðkúla
At 57 km2, Blöndulón is one of Iceland’s largest lakes. It was created in 1984-1991 as a reservoir for the Blönduvirkjun power plant, with a depth of 39 meters. The reservoir creation changed the landscape, and large vegetated areas were sunk. We will hear about revegetation in the highlands of Iceland, afforestation projects and hydropower.
Varmahlíð is a small village in North Iceland. We will visit the Reykjarhóll forest, a recreation forest on the outskirts of the Village. We will hear stories about the civil war in Iceland in the Age of the Sturlungs (Sturlungaöld), a period of violent internal strife in the mid-13th century. This period is marked by the conflicts of local chieftains, goðar, who amassed followers and fought wars, and is named for the Sturlungs, the most powerful family clan in Iceland at the time. The era led to the signing of the Old Covenant, which brought Iceland under the Norwegian crown.
On the way from Varmahlíð to Akureyri, we will pass Örlygsstaðir, where the battle of Örlygsstaðir took place in 1238. We will also pass Silfrastaðir, a forest farm in Skagafjörður.