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Iceland
Eiríksstaðir

Búðardalur

Leifur Eiríksson

Statue of Leif Eriksson

Nína Sæmundsson
2000 (1930)

Eiríksstaðir /  Leifur Eiríksson

Description

Small bronze statue of Leifur standing on the bow of a ship by the Icelandic sculptor Nína Sæmundsson (1892-1965) near the birth place of Leifur in Eiríksstaðir at Haukadalur near Búðardalur.

Inscription(s)

Front:
LEIFUR
EIRÍKSSON
Back:
NINA SÆMUNDSSON
1930

DALABYGGÐ
2000

Annotation

This statue received the second prize in a competition held in 1930 in the USA on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of Iceland's parliament, the Alþing. The first prize was won by Stirling Calder, his statue is in Reykjavik.

Eiríkur raudi Þorvaldsson lived in Haukadalur valley in Dalasýsla, at a farm called Eiríksstaðir. There he married Þjódhildur, daughter of a local farmer, and in AD 984-5 they pioneered the settlement of Greenland. His son Leifur Eiríksson was born in Eiríksstaðir around 980.


The Leifur Eiríksson Heritage Project built for the 1,000th anniversary of the discovery of America, a reconstruction of Eiríksstaðir, the Eiríksstaðir-The Leif Eriksson Museum.
In the foreground the location of the original farm. Lower on the slope the reconstructed house.


Helga and Þorgrimur act as guides for the tourists at Eiríksstaðir

Peter van der Krogt in Viking costume (a tourist trap?)

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 65°3'31" W 21°32'36"

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