Appropriately named. The historic farm of Mýrar – plural of Mýri, meaning ‘bog’ in Icelandic – lies on the edge of Dýrafjörður in the Westfjords region of Iceland. It is the birthplace of Þórdís, mother of the nation’s independence pioneer Jón Sigurðsson. This area is a major breeding ground for eider ducks.
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Birthplace of Iceland’s beloved hero. Hrafnseyri is best known as the birthplace of Jón Sigurðsson, the pioneer of Iceland‘s independence movement. This ancient parsonage and farm on Arnarfjörður has an even earlier history. It is named after Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson who lived around the 13th C, and is said to be the first trained doctor in […]
We were driving towards the village of Þingeyri in the Westfjords of Iceland when my friend and guide Börkur Hrólfsson descried a faint movement on the route ahead. Fortunately, he decided to stop and take a look, for whatever it was was directly in the line of our superjeep’s massive wheels. It turned out that […]