Famous Icelandic Outlaw Remembered

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Famous Icelandic Outlaw Remembered

Next year, 300 years will have passed since one of Iceland’s most famous outlaws, Fjalla-Eyvindur Jónsson, was born at the farm Hlíð in Hrunamannahreppur in Árnessýsla county, South Iceland, in 1714.

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Hveravellir, one of the outlaw's hideouts. Photo: Hallgrímur Egilsson/Iceland Review.

The district council of Hrunamannahreppur agreed at a meeting on October 2 to assign the district’s tourism and culture board with the anniversary’s planning, Morgunblaðið reports.

Jón G. Valgeirsson, who heads the council, explained that they want to start early with planning the festivities to make sure that everything will run smoothly.

Fjalla-Eyvindur and his wife Halla Jónsdóttir from Hrafnsfjarðareyri in Jökulfirðir by Ísafjarðardjúp in the West Fjords sought refuge at various places around the country while being outlawed, including Hveravellir in the highlands and Drangavík in Strandir.

They are believed to have had children on their escape from the law, all of whom died at a young age.

Fjalla-Eyvindur died in 1783 and his grave is marked on Hrafnsfjarðareyri.

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