The village itself is mostly unremarkable but surrounding nature is certainly beautiful. PIC Jason Eppink

The village itself is mostly unremarkable but surrounding nature is certainly beautiful. PIC Jason Eppink

N ot too many folks spend time in the rather secluded village of Breiddalsvik in the East of Iceland. Its main attractions are few and far between but now there might possibly be a new reason to stay here awhile.

According to local news reports, locals have repeatedly been discovering human remains scattered about. Only recently a local hotel manager stumbled across a human jaw bone just like that and not for the first time bones belonging to humans are found lying around either.

But the key question here is how come? Something sinister lurking around this tiny village at night killing locals? Some strange local custom of laying their dead on the ground instead of burying them underground?

No and no. Sadly, the truth in this case is rather more straightforward. The bones belong the folks dead decades ago and even as long as over hundred years ago. It is not known why the bones are turning up all over but the best guess is that those are the remains of pagan people. In the past the last resting place of many pagans was a tiny hole in the ground and not the six-feet-under package of today.

Alas, if bored stiff over here, an avid bone collector or simply curious, there are worse things to do than taking a walk searching for human remains.