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Downtown in ReykjavÝk in ReykjavÝkurborg, H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i­, Iceland — North Atlantic and Artic Oceans (a Nordic Island)
 

Ingˇlfur Arnarson

 
 
Ingˇlfur Arnarson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
1. Ingˇlfur Arnarson Marker
Inscription.   Minnismerki­ um Ingˇlf Arnarson ger­i myndh÷ggvarinn Einar J÷nsson (1874-1954) ß ßrunum 1902 til 1907 en merki­ var ekki sett upp fyrr en 1924. Myndin sřnir landnßmsmanninn Ý brynju me­ atgeir Ý hendi og skj÷ld sÚr vi­ hli­. Hann stendur vi­ ÷ndvegiss˙lu me­ drekah÷f­i. Hinumegin ß s˙lunni er mynd af Ë­ni me­ hrafna sina Huginn og Muninn. Vi­ hli­ s˙lunnar er lßgmynd af trÚnu Aski Yggdrasils og bar mß greina Mi­gar­sorminn og hest Í­ins, Sleipni.

ä١ er Ingˇlfur sˇ island, skaut honn fyrir bor­ ÷ndvegissOlum sinum til heilla. Honn mŠlti svo fyrir, oa hann skyldi byggja er s˙lurnar kŠmu ˇ land." - ┌r Landnßmabˇk

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This statue by sculptor Einar Jˇnsson (1874-1954) shows the settler Ingˇlfur Arnarson. According to The Book of Settlements he and his crew were the first permanent settlers in Iceland and named the place ReykjavÝk (Smoke Cove) on account of billowing steam rising from the area's hot springs. Here, the settler is standing by his high-seat pillar, decorated with a dragon's head. On the other side of the pillar is the god Odin with his two ravens, Hugin and Munin. You can also see the mythological tree Yggdrasil, as well as the Worm of Midgard and Odin's eight legged horse, Sleipnir.

"When Ingˇlfur saw Iceland, he threw his high-seat posts overboard for good luck. He declared that he would establish

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himself at the place where the beam came to land." - From the Book of Settlements

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 64° 8.878′ N, 21° 56.03′ W. Marker is in ReykjavÝk, Capital Region (H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i­), in ReykjavÝkurborg. It is in Downtown. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Laekjargata and Hverfisgata. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: ReykjavÝk, Capital Region 101, Iceland. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arnarhˇlstra­ir / The Arnar Hill Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Arnarhˇll Arnarhˇlstra­ir (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Gunnlaugur ClŠssen (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); ForsŠtisrß­uneyti­ / Prime Minister's Office (about 90 meters away); The Culture House / Safnah˙si­ (about 120 meters away); Bernh÷ftsh˙s (about 150 meters away); BankastrŠti 10 (about 150 meters away); Laugavegur (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in ReykjavÝk.
 
More about this marker. The marker is affixed to the north side of the Arnarson statue on top of Arnarhˇll.
 
Also see . . .  Ingˇlfur Arnarson (Wikipedia). "Ingˇlfur Arnarson and his wife, Hallveig Frˇ­adˇttr and together with his brother Hj÷rleif, are commonly recognized as the first permanent Norse settlers of Iceland. According to tradition, they founded ReykjavÝk in 874....According to Landnßma (The
Ingˇlfur Arnarson Statue and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
2. Ingˇlfur Arnarson Statue and Marker
Icelandic Book of Settlements), he built his homestead in and gave name to ReykjavÝk in 874. (However, archaeological finds in Iceland suggest settlement may have started somewhat earlier.) The medieval chronicler Ari Ůorgilsson said Ingˇlfur was the first Nordic settler in Iceland, but mentioned that "Papar" – i.e. Irish monks and hermits – had been in the country before the Norsemen. He wrote that they left because they did not want to live amongst the newly arrived Norse pagans." (Submitted on September 6, 2018.) 
 
Ingˇlfur Arnarson Statue and Marker - wider view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
3. Ingˇlfur Arnarson Statue and Marker - wider view
Ingˇlfur Arnarson Statue - closeup image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
4. Ingˇlfur Arnarson Statue - closeup
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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