Time and Tide
Virtually Virtual Iceland
Vestrahorn, West-Horn, is a mountain on
the promontory between Skarðsfjörður and Papafjörður.
The steep slopes are made of gabbro-rock
Vestrahorn reaches a height of 454 meters (1500 feet).
Strangely enough Vestrahorn was formerly known
as Eystrahorn, East-Horn.
Vestrahorn is on the boundaries of the settlements of
Þorsteinn leggur and Hrollaugur Rögnvaldsson.
Hrollaugur was the son of the Earl of Mæri in Norway,
and the brother of Göngu-Hrólfur, the leader
of the Vikings who established a foothold in France,
which is still called Normandy after Hrólfur and his men.
Hrollaugur first landed near Reykjavik, but he had
thrown his High-seat pillars overboard, and they
landed near Vestrahorn.
So he moved his settlement there and lived
there for the rest of his days.
His father had told Hrollaugur that:
"Your roads will lead you to Iceland. You will be considered
a well-bred man there and have a large family..."
This turned out to be true as he was the
forefather of several bishops, and the
main adversaries in the civil war in Iceland in the 13th century:
Gissur Þorvaldsson and Sturlungar.
The stamp was issued in 1991 with a face value of 10 krónur.
Artist: Þröstur Magnússon
Printed in Heliogravure by Courvoisier.