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The Leif Eiriksson Center

The Leif Eiriksson Center prides itself of a new exhibition on the settlement of Nordic people in Greenland and the discovering of America long before the days of Christopher Columbus.

Two Icelandic sagas, the Saga of Greenlanders and Saga of Erik the red tell about the settlement of the Nordic people in Greenland, how Leif Eiriksson discovered America and of the first man of European origin who was born there.

More than a millennium later, archaeological research shows that the stories seem to have a good deal of evidence to support them.

The exhibition is in a beautiful location at the harbor in Búðardalur, a village in Hvammsfjordur, it has an exhibition with audio guidance on the second floor and on the ground floor there is a restaurant with light meals and good coffee.

The center and exhibition will be open from 5th of July 2020.

The Leif Eiriksson Center

Búðarbraut 1

GPS Points N65° 6' 38.516" W21° 46' 18.012"
Telephone

+354 4341441

Opening period All year
Service Accessible for the phisically impared Wheel chair accessible Place of interest Coffe shop Restaurant Internet access Handy craft for sale Credit cards accepted

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History and Culture
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Laugar in Saelingsdal

Gudrun Osvifursdottir, heroine of Laxdaela Saga, was born (973AD) and brought up at Laugar.

It is said that she used the hot water pool there a lot and also met there her followers Kjartan and Bolli.

There is a geothermal area at Laugar and a naturally-heated swimming pool was built there in 1932. The hot water is also used for heating up the buildings at the place.

At about 3 km from Laugar you may find the rocky hill Tungustapi, home of elves.

History and Culture
20.16 km
Hvammur

Around the year 890, Audur the Deep minded (djúpúdga) from Dogurdara settled the land between the outer edge og Hvammsveit and Skaumuhlaupsa in Hordudalur.

She built her farm at Hvammur and for a long time after her kin lived there. Audur was Christian.

The father of Snorri Sturluson, Sturla Thordarson (1115-1183), lived at Hvammur. He was of the ninth generation counting from Audur the Deep minded. His sons Thordur, Sighvatur and Snorri were born there.

Arni Magnusson (1663-1730), professor and collector of medieval manuscripts, grew up at Hvammur. Priests would remain at Hvammur. Since the Reformation until 1944 only 15 priests held the position.

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Jorfi

Proverbial for its wild gatherings every autumn, which were eventually banned in 1708.

Nature
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Krosshólaborg

Auður djúpúðga ( Auður the Deep minded) was one of the settlers in Dalir. She was a Christian and had a cross raised at Krosshólaborg, where she went to pray. Her descentants considered Krosshólaborg a holy place. Women in Dalir set up a memorial of Auður, a stone cross in 1965. The remains of Auður´s first farm, Auðartóftir, are nearby.

History and Culture
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Eirik the Red´s homestead.

Eiríksstaðir is one of most historic sides of Iceland. Step back to the Viking Era and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of Eriks the Red's farm which is also the birthplace of Leif the Lucky who is said to have discovered America. Modern day vikings demonstrate the lifestyle of 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.

History and Culture
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Gudrunarlaug

According to Laxdaela saga, Gudrun Osvifursdóttir used to dwell by a geothermal pool in Laugar in Saelingsdalur. The pool is mentioned in Sturlunga saga and it seems to have been used a great deal.

The pool is believed to have been destroyed in a landslide. In 2009 a new pool was built near to the location where the old pool is thought to have been situated and named Gudrunarlaug.

A changing facility, referred to as a "house of modesty" in Icelandic, was also built at the same time.

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