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  The monument of Guğríğur and her son.
by Regina1965
 
  • The monument of Guðríður and her son. - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      The monument of Guğríğur and her son.
    by Regina1965
  • Information sign on Guðríður's travels. - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      Information sign on Guğríğur's travels.
    by Regina1965
  • The monument of Guðríður. - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      The monument of Guğríğur.
    by Regina1965
  • The monument of Guðríður. - Snæfellsnes- og Hnappadalssýsla
      The monument of Guğríğur.
    by Regina1965
 

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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  • Updated Apr 12, 2014
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“Bon Voyage :)”

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