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Hólavallagarður in Reykjavík listed as one of Europe’s loveliest cemeteries

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  • A lovely place Journalist Jeanine Barone lists Hólavallagarður cemetery in Reykjavík as one of Europe‘s loveliest cemeteries. Photo/Valli

Journalist Jeanine Barone lists Hólavallagarður cemetery located at Suðurgata, just west of Reykjavík’s centre, as one of Europe‘s loveliest cemeteries. The article was published on National Geographic’s website.

„An endangered species of moss coats portions of the wall ringing the eight-acre property. Inside the moss-covered wall that rings the eight-acre property, narrow paths wind around headstones, some adorned with barely discernible engravings, while a tangle of trees bearing gnarled branches stands guard,“ she wrote, adding that the burial place of Guðrún Oddsdóttir, is of special note. As the cemetery’s first occupant, Guðrún was assigned the role of “light bringer,” or guide responsible for leading fellow souls to the afterlife. 

It is also the resting place of Jón ‘Forseti’ Sigurðsson, the leader of the Icelandic Independence Movement, Hannes Hafstein, a famous poet and politician, and Bríet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir, a teacher, editor, politician and one of the early advocates for women‘s liberation and suffrage. 

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