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MAJOR-GENERAL EDWARD SABINE, R.A.,

President or the Roy AL society.

MY DEAR UNCLE,

It is with great pleasure that I dedicate this book to you, as a token of my gratitude for the kind interest you have taken, both in

my expedition to Iceland, and in the progress of this volume.

I remain,
Ever yours sincerely,

SABINE BARING-GOULD.

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PREFACE . - - - - - - . xii
INTRODUCTION - - - - - . . xix
CHAPTER I.
COASTING.

First Sight of Iceland—Hjörleif's Head–Dyrhólar—The Westmann
Islands — Life of the Islanders — The Yankee's Story — My first
Saga: “The Red Rovers"—Cape Reykjanes—The Mealsack—

The Great Auk . - - 1
CHAPTER II.
REYKJAvik.
Arrival—Description of Reykjavik—“A very Antient fish-like Smell!”—
The School—The Residence — The Cathedral—Thorwaldsen—
Icelandic Silverwork—The Merchant Stores—Mr. Briggs and the
Porters—Dinner—I visit the Rector—A would-be Suicide—The
Catholic Mission—The Origin of Iceland . - - . 26
CHAPTER III.
Mós FELL.

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The Plains of the Council—The Almanna-gjá—The Hill of Laws—
History of Althing—Lava Broth–Icelandic Food—Butter—Curd
–Lichen—Sunday—The Burning of the Hostel: a Saga. . 67

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CHAPTER WI.
THE EAGLE TARNS.
Eiriks Jökull—Taxation—The Sheep's Disease—A Swan's-nest—Lava
—Lose our Way — Camping out — Glorious Scene — Cooking

Arrangements—Rare Skua–Great Northern Diver—Storm on the
Heithi— Gunnarssonarvatn — The Great Eagle Tarn—Desert—

Hólma-kvísl - - . 99
CHAPTER VII.
THE WAMPIRE'S GRAVE.
Barren Wilderness—A Cairn—The Valley of Shadows: a Saga–A
magnificent Gorge—Waterfalls—The Vatnsdalr—Arrival at Grim-
stunga . - - - - - - . 115

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A little Town—New Church—Site of the Town injudiciously chosen
—The Post—Grimsey—An Island Cure—Danish Hospitality—The
Newspaper Office—Supper—English Wessels—Jack Tar in Iceland
—Trees—MSS.—Icelandic Poetry—The Dream-Ballad . . 171

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