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Laugarbrekka

Region: West Iceland
Coordinates: 64. 4500° N 23.4100° W

About Laugarbrekka

Laugarbrekka is an abandoned farm in the Breidavik County on the southern side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula near the fishing hamlet Hellnar. According to the Bardar-Saga, Bardur lived at Laugarbrekka as long as he could stand being among the human race. His ancestry was mixed. His mother was human, but his father was a giant, and therefore Bardur’s character and mentality was mixed. He used to take baths in the nearby-situated Bardarlaug, which still exists near Hellnar. The granddaughter of the first settler of Laugarbrekka, Gudridur, was the second wife of Thorfinnur karlsefni.

They moved to Greenland and were among the group of people, who attempted settling in North America shortly after the year 1000. This attempt failed because of the repeated attacks of the Indians, but one child, a boy named Snorri Thorfinnsson, was born there before the people retreated to Greenland and Iceland. This child is considered the first European born in the New World. Gudridur and Thorfinnur with their son Snorri spent the rest of their lives at Glaumbaer in the Skagafiord District in Iceland. After her husband’s death, Gudridur went on a tour of repent and absolution to the Vatican and then became a hermit at Glaumbaer for the rest of her life.

The Laugarbrekka farm was abandoned in 1887, but a new farm was built nearby on the property in 1934, where another farm, Holl, stood earlier. The church at Laugarbrekka was build 1943-45.

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