It’s Jón Sigurðsson Birthday on June 17, Iceland National Day.
And it’s the 75th Anniversary of Þjóðhátiðardagurinn will be celebrated by Icelanders everywhere.
Jón Sigurðsson was the pioneer of the independence movement in the nineteenth century and the Republic of Iceland was established in 1944, on his birthday.
It is a perfect time to express our appreciation and pride for Icelanders who then and now champion freedom for a heroic populace who has been through some very tough times. Thank you!
Iceland had gained sovereign status in 1918, although was still under rule of the Danish King until the monarchy was abolished by referendum in 1944.
Jón Sigurðsson was born in 1811 at Hrafnseyri, Arnarfjörður. It was a beautiful stop on our way through the Westfjords. The story of place is fascinating as is the story of the man.
‘Hrafnseyri is a farm and a former parsonage on the northern shores of Arnarfjördur. The present church was consecrated in 1886. It is wooden and covered with corrugated iron. It has been blown off its foundations twice without great damages and put back where it belonged. Hrafnseyri was named after one of the greatest men of the Saga Period (12th century), Hrafn Sveinbjarnarson. He was probably the first educated doctor of medicine of the country. There are several ruins still visible in the home meadows, a church, and a cemetery.’ says Icelandic Roots.
Jón Sigurðsson was known as a hero, great man, and campaigner for freedom when he died in 1879 in Copenhagen. He is buried in Reykjavik. In 1911 in honour of the centenary of his birth a statue of him was made that stands facing Parliament House in Reykjavik. A copy is at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg erected by the Icelandic community of Manitoba.
‘Sómi Íslands, sverð þess og skjöldur.’ Iceland’s pride, sword and shield is worthy of remembrance. Click on the links for more info.
Wishing I was on the way to Jón’s house once again to celebrate,
and that you were with us.
Sending lots of love,
P.S. Driving in the Westfjords may be all about bravery, but it is worth it. Have you been there? Shall we plan another trip?
P.S.S. Já! Yes! We’re baking up some Vinarterta for Iceland National Day Celebrations.