Berserkjahraun is truly a marvel to behold. The 4,000-year-old lava field, located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland, is simply breathtaking. It stretches across the western part of Helgafell, spanning all the way from Stykkishólmur to Grundarfjörður. The unique formation of this lava field is due to an incredible series of events. Four scoria craters erupted in rapid succession from the slopes of Bjarnarhafnarfjall, resulting in the fiery substance flowing through Hraunsfjörður and Hraunsvík before finally meeting the ocean.
Interestingly, Berserkjahraun has a rich history too. It gets its name from the world-famous Icelandic Saga Eyrbyggja-Saga. One farmer decided to bring two berserkers from Sweden to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. One of the Swedes developed feelings for Víga-Styr’s daughter and was promised her hand in marriage if they could successfully clear a path through the lava field, connecting the two brother’s farms. The two berserkers worked tirelessly and completed the task with lightning speed. Sadly, Víga-Styr betrayed and broke his promise. This resulted in the tragic end of both berserkers’ lives, and they were buried near the very path they had created.
Visitors to Berserkjahraun will not only marvel at its geological beauty but also be intrigued by the fascinating history behind it.