Voyages of a Viking Woman

Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttirs story can be read in The Far Traveler - Voyages of a Viking Woman, by Nancy Marie Brown. Sold in our store in Snorrastofa. Our store in Snorrastofa Reykholt offer a wide range of  books and CD's - We welcome you to visit any time!

Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir was a young girl born in Snæfellsnes in the West of Iceland, most of you have certainly heard about Snæfellsjökull!   Her story is really amazing!  She was the first European woman to give birth to a child in America short after year 1000.  When she was a young girl in Snæfellsnes a man had asked for her hand in marriage, this man was not found suitable by her father, so he decided to move from Snæfellsnes to Greenland, following his old friend Eiríkur the Red.  Guðríður married Leif Eirikson's ( The Lucky's) younger brother þorsteinn.

Guðríður and Þorsteinn tried to sail to Vinland, but they didn't make it, and Þorsteinn died at sea.  Later Guðríður married Þorfinnur Karlsefni from Iceland and went with him to Vinland, they stayed there for 3 years.  Guðríður and Þorfinnur lived the rest of their lives in Skagafjörður Iceland, and after Guðríður had become widow for the second time, she went on a pilgrim journey to Rome….   the rest of Guðríður's exciting story you have to read in Nancys book!

Contact Sigrun