The Berserkjahraun lava field is over 4,000 years old and at the center of the Eyrbyggia Saga.
In the 10th century, there was a farmer who had two Berserker laborers from Sweden - both were powerful and aggressive, highly valued by the overlord. As the story goes, one fell in love with the farmer’s daughter and asked to marry her. The farmer did not approve but was too frightened to tell the Berserker he couldn't have her hand. Distraught and unsure of what to do, the farmer begged the counsel of a local chieftain who suggested he allow the marriage if the Berserker could first complete an impossible task: forge a road through the lava field. The farmer proposed this and the Berserker agreed, setting off straight away to work on the road with his compatriot. They went 'berserk' on the field, hurling everything in their path to clear the way. They finished in no time, and the farmer was pleased but worried his daughter would run away with the Beserker - so he invited the two inside to rest in a special sauna he had built for the occasion. They rested, and only to be trapped inside. The famer had finished them off - using his new road to cart and bury them in the lava fields.
Many wonder if this tale is a myth, but modern archeological excavation at the site has found the remains of two large men 🇮🇸