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The Southern Gothenburg Archipelago lies off the coast of Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city. It has 5,000 permanent and another 6,000 summer residents. The archipelago is completely car free.

In the Norse sagas, it was called Elfarsker (the river islets), as the river Göta älv had its estuary there. The islands appear to have been famous as a location for holmgangar during the Viking Age.

Sagas where the location appears:

One of the islands, Brännö, is described as an important location for fairs in the Laxdaela saga, and it is also considered to be the likely location of Breca and the Brondings of the Anglo-Saxon poems Widsith and Beowulf.

See also

  • Rivö fjord, the estuary of the Göta älv


  1. ^ Hið íslenzka Biblíufélag (The Icelandic Bible Society): «Örvar-Odds saga» (original text in Old Norse)
  2. ^ Hið íslenzka Biblíufélag: «Bósa saga ok Herrauðs» (Old Norse)
  3. ^ Hið íslenzka Biblíufélag: «Þorsteins saga Víkingssonar» (Old Norse)

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Coordinates: 57°37′N 11°47′E / 57.617°N 11.783°E / 57.617; 11.783


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