Battle of the Gulf

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Battle of the Gulf
Part of Age of the Sturlungs
Date 25 June 1244
Location Húnaflói, Iceland
Result Inconclusive
Sturlungar Ásbirningar
Commanders and leaders
Þórður Sighvatsson Kolbeinn Arnórsson
15 ships 20 ships
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Battle of the Gulf (Icelandic: Flóabardagi) was a naval battle on 25 June 1244 in Iceland's Húnaflói Bay, during the Age of the Sturlungs civil war. The conflicting parties were the followers of Þórður kakali Sighvatsson and those of Kolbeinn ungi Arnórsson. Þórður's men were from the Westfjords of Iceland, while Kolbeinn's were northerners. The primary weapons were rocks hurled between boats. A detailed description of the battle can be found in Sturlunga saga.


  • Jón Jóhannesson, Magnús Finnbogason and Kristján Eldjárn (eds.) Sturlunga Saga, Vol 1 & 2, Sturlunguútgáfan, Reykjavík - 1946

Coordinates: 65°50′N 20°50′W / 65.833°N 20.833°W / 65.833; -20.833