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Midway between Hellnar and Djúpalónssandur sands there is a monument on Guğríğur Şorbjarnardóttir, who was born 980 at Laugarbrekka, close to where the monument stands, and her son.
Guğríğur was the first Caucasian woman to bear a child, Snorri, in North-America. She travelled to Greenland with her husband Şorfinnur and North-America (Vínland) in year 1000 with a group of Icelanders. One of them was Leif the Lucky - see my tip on Eiríksstağir, the birth-place of Leif the Lucky. Guğríğur and her family returned back to Iceland and lived at Glaumbær in Skagafjörğur.
Guğríğur later travelled to Europe and walked to Rome and became a nun. So she was the most-widely travelled woman in Iceland from the 11th century and until the 20th century. There is an information sign by the monument on her travels.
The monument shows Guğríğur on a Vikingship carrying her son on her shoulders. She seems to have been a remarkable woman.
Directions: Off road 574 just after you pass the road leading to Hellnar.
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