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.
West Iceland Saga