RIBbaldar cruises 2008
RIBbaldar are planning three trips this year.
If anyone interested to participate feel free to contact me.
First organised trip will be to Vestmannaeyjar (Westmann Islands) the weekend of 9th through 12th of May which is a long weekend (bank holiday) we will be putting the boats on water at the village Ţorlákshöfn (Thorlakshofn) and cruise to Heimaey where we will stay and taking cruises to the various islands together with local ribbers.
Story of the island is:
In Landnáma it is said that when Ingólfur Arnarsson, the first settler in Iceland had spent a winter at Ingólfshöfđi, and went west in search of his "Öndvegissúlur" (somewhat like Totem poles, that were ritualisticly dumped into the sea and let float to shore. Where they came ashore, there the viking in question would build his farm.), and found upon Hjörleifshöfđi his brother, Hjörleifur, dead and his slaves missing. Out at sea he could see boats going towards a small group of islands, and likewise he set off after them.
The slaves in question had been abducted from Ireland, and were called westmen (Vestmenn), since Ireland was the most western part of the known world at that time (c.a. 840). The slaves came ashore in Heimaey and took shelter upon the mountains and anywhere else they thought they might be safe, but alas, Ingólfur slaughtered them all, unknowingly creating names for various places in the process - for example "Dufţekja", an area on Heimaklettur, Heimaey´s highest mountain (263m), is named after the slave Dufţakur, who is said to have thrown himself off Heimaklettur at that point - rather taking his own life that to let Ingólfur take it.