The Saga of the Vopnafjörður People takes place mostly in Vopnafjörður from the late 9th to the early 11th century. The saga tells of a power struggle between the clans at Hof and Krossavík: after conflict and bloodshed, however, tolerance and mercy finally prevail. The main characters of the saga are the powerful chieftains Brodd-Helgi at Hof and Geitir Lýtingsson at Krossavík, and their sons Víga-Bjarni and Þorkell. Women also play an important part in the story: the priestess Steinvör, Halla Lýtingsdóttir and Þorgerður silfra. All over Vopnafjörður the sites of the saga can be seen; in many cases ancient relics are visible, but little archaeological research has yet been carried out. A dig in 2006 revealed the site of a longhouse of the saga period adjacent to the church at Hof. Vopnafjörður is an area of great natural beauty, with a variety of tourist services.
The information centre in Kaupvangur provides information and guidance in Icelandic, English and Scandinavian.
90 km from Egilsstaðir, by Hellisheiði road and 130 km from Mývatn