tion to the family’s larderi

With its many contributions to the settlers’ welfare, the river also brought disaster through its numerous floodings. Downstream from the Geysir area past Gilsé§ the river banks were much nar- rower and the channel deeper, but much narrower than it was further west. This created a bottleneck in the flow whenever a large volume of water drain— ed into the river.

In the spring to early summer of 1896, an ex« tensive flood occurred in the Geysir area At that time, people from Framnes with their livestock and personal belongings moved to Geysir, the home of P31! Halldorsson, where they stayed for six weeks. A daily trip was made back to Framnes to attend a flock of chickens, which were marooned on the loft of a building, and to take care of the daily catch of fish in the nets in the river.


Flood of 1927

lcelandic River near Engihlicl.

The Palssons at Kjarna were subjected to a similar hardship. They were forced to flee from their home and move to Sigurhur Nordal’s at Noréi tunga. They also waited six weeks before returm ing to their home on the river bank. Péil from Kjar— he returned home frequently to gather the catch of fish from the nets he had set at the north bend of the river near the old Geysir schoolhouse.

In spite of the flood. the school term continued. Many of the children from along the Geysir road and from farther up the river waded through water and much to assemble at the home of their teacher, Johann Magmis Bjamason, from where they all went down the river to school on a rowboat. Dur— ing the school day, the children would watch through the window of the school as another and yet another fish was caught in the net. The teacher had a hard time keeping the children at their work.