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Hofsós - Emigration Center

Gunna Thorvaldsdóttir


Hofsós, ÍSL

Valgeir and Gunna run Vesturfarasetrið, the Icelandic Emigration Center at Hofsós in Iceland.
Read more about them and their work here.

Website excerpt: The Icelandic Emigration Center was founded in 1996 and dedicated to commemorate Icelandic emigrants to North America and to promote connections between their descendants and the people of Iceland. The Center now offers four exhibits in three separate buildings, as well as a genealogical information service, library facilities and more. The exhibitions combine text, photographs and tableaux to illustrate the conditions in Iceland that influenced the decision to emigrate, the journey to the ‘New World’ and the new way of life they encountered.

Visitors also have the opportunity to consult with staff about their Icelandic ancestors, accessing information found on our database and in our library. If you are planning a journey to discover the lives of your ancestors, contact us for assistance in identifying family ties and making connections that will enhance your visit.

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