A TRIP TO THE DARK SIDE: HAIR-RAISING STORIES FROM ICELAND
Now that the days are finally getting longer, Jonas & Lydia feel it’s safe to tell some dark stories from Iceland without hurling themselves into a deep depression. Lyd uncovers a grizzly chapter from the history of the Westfjords wherein the locals hunted down and mutilated a group of Basque sailors. And Jonas regales us with the bloody story of Iceland’s only serial killer (with the exception of mayonnaise-induced heart disease).
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In this episode we mention a few places connected to the stories. You can find more info on the show's Google map as well as at the other link's below.
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- Wikipedia article on the massacre
- Article from the Post - breaking news when Iceland repealed its law that permitted people to kill Basques on sight… in 2015.
- Info on the memorial to the massacred Basque sailors - In 2015 (along with the timely repeal of the law above) Iceland erected a memorial to the Basque sailors in Hólmavík.
Axlar-Björn, Iceland's serial killer
- Wikipedia article on Axlar-Björn
- Roadside info sign - This is the info sign posted on route 574 (also called Útnesvegur on some maps) near the site of Axlar-Björn's murder farm.
- Wikipedia article on Laugarbrekka farm - This is the site of Axlar-Björn's gory execution but also the home of Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, the badass 10th century Norse explorer who was the first European woman to bear a child, Snorri, in North America (the little statue of the woman and child at the farm is of Guðríður and Snorri)
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