At Work: Hraun-Háls, Snæsfellsnes Peninsula

Jennifer Kingsley
September 14, 2015

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We arrive to Hraun-Háls dairy farm in time for the evening chores. Eyberg and his wife Lauga are the farmers here. “I was one year old when I moved here in 1964,” says Eyberg. Lauga is the sister-in-law of our last host, which is how we ended up here.

The farm is 600 hectares and has 100 sheep, 30 dairy cows, about 32 calves, and some cattle for meat. Eyberg and Lauga milk the cows at 7a.m. and 7p.m. every day, so we make sure to arrive in time. They let us in to watch, listen and help with simple tasks like moving hay and cleaning the floor. When we arrive, we don’t realize that it will be hard to leave.

The farm sits along a gravel road in between a lava field and the wild coast. Stories here go back to the sagas; the Eyrbyggjasaga happened here.

Come inside in the next post.

Photo by Eric Guth.

Hraun-Háls barn in the evening light