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Álfkonusteinn Hiking Trail

Vopnafjörður

A considerable distance above the farm Bustarfell in Vopnafjörður stands a large rock called Álfkonusteinn (Elf Stone). It is relatively easy to walk from Bustarfell to the rock, and there is an interesting legend related to the stone. The story goes that a sheriff's wife at Bustarfell was led by an elf into the stone, while sleeping. There she came to the aid of an elf-woman in childbirth, who paid for herself with a beautiful gold-plated web or cloth. The cloth is neatly made, exotic and unique in this country, and is now owned by the National Museum of Iceland.