The cross was placed here in memory of Auður the Deep Minded. She was the first Christian to settle in this area in the late 9th century and is credited with bringing Christianity to Iceland.
She preferred to pray at this location. It is a beautiful, isolated and peaceful place overlooking the bay of Hvammsfjord.
Her father was a chieftain in Norway but the family had to escape to Scotland when King Harald Fairhair pursued them. They settled in the Hebrides.
She then married King Olaf the White of Dublin but shortly thereafter he was killed in battle.
She then fled to the Orkney Islands with her son Þorsteinn and Þorsteinn became king. Sadly, Þorsteinn was killed in battle and she escaped with her remaining family, slaves and some loyal followers to Iceland. It should be noted that the slaves assisted in her escape and upon arrival in Iceland were all granted their freedom. A few opted to stay and were given land in the area.
They settled on the Dalir peninsula around 892 AD.
In 900 AD she hosted her grandson Olaf’s wedding, retired to bed, and passed away in her sleep at the age of 70.
Location: Krossholaborg Hill, Dalir Peninsula, Iceland