Oldest Icelander Celebrates 106th Birthday

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Oldest Icelander Celebrates 106th Birthday

Guðríður Guðbrandsdóttir, the oldest living Icelander, celebrated her 106th birthday on Wednesday. She lives in a service apartment for senior citizens in Reykjavík. She always goes to the canteen for lunch and does gymnastics twice a week.

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From Dalir where Guðríður grew up. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

When Guðríður celebrated her 105th birthday last year, she recited an 84-verse poem, “Skröggskvæði”, from memory, but she wasn’t planning to repeat the feat this year.

“I don’t want to make a fuss,” Guðríður told Morgunblaðið, adding that she wasn’t planning to spend her birthday at home.

Born and raised at Spágilsstaðir in Laxárdalur in the Dalir region in west Iceland, Guðríður came to know the region’s most famous poets of the early 20th century, Stefán frá Hvítadal, Jóhannes úr Kötlum and Steinn Steinarr.

“I always thought he was a little weird,” she said of Steinn.

Click here to read about the oldest Icelandic man celebrating his 104th birthday.

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