|Photo courtesy of As it Happened Productions||Author: Joel Friðfinnsson,
Dotted across the New Iceland settlement are numerous sites rich with the heritage our forefathers bestowed upon us. Whether it be crumbling and neglected houses of the pioneers or the remnants of former yard sites, which mournfully echo a happier and livelier time, each site and artifact has its own unique place in the New Iceland saga. Remaining most poignant, however, is the physical evidence of the people who settled here and lived off this land, their final resting places, the cemeteries and home burials throughout the settlement. Not uncommon in the early years of settlement in the Icelandic reserve, home burials became a necessity in the event of a death of a loved one if there was a great distance to the nearest cemetery or a district cemetery in the area not having yet been established. Of all the forgotten home burials in New Iceland’s history, one remains utterly fascinating for the legend behind the woman buried there: the grave of Friðrika Björnsdóttir on the homestead Árskógur.