Monday, April 05, 2021
The so-called Kambsmál was tried in the Supreme Court in 1844. An action was brought against Sigurður Gottvinsson, Jón Geirmundsson and the brothers, Jón Kolbeinsson and Haflida Kolbeinsson for housebreaking and robbery. During the investigation of the case, 26 other men were also suspected and some of them report theft and other crimes.
The earlier robbery took place on the town of Kambi in Flói on February 9, 1827 and was considered a serious crime. That night, the aforementioned robbers came to Kambi and most of them were dressed in furs, which was common for sailors and had veils over their heads and faces. Their commander, Sigurdur Gottvinsson, was equipped with a long and pointed scissors if needed. It was the worst of the storms when the comrades set out on their journey, and they came to the farm free at midnight and broke open the door. People were fast asleep, Hjörtur Jónsson farmer and his two maids (Gudrún was called another) and a 6 year old child. The robbers went to bed and grabbed the locals naked and brought them down to the floor and tied them both on hands and feet. They huddled there on the floor under a blanket, sheets, a mill, a coffin, and other things they cleaned in the dark. Next, they broke open chests and boxes in which money was stored and threatened to cut Hjört's neck if he did not give up all his money. When they stole more than 1000 dollars in cash and other valuables, they disappeared and left the people tied up under the nozzle mentioned earlier. Sigurdur, the commander of the robbers, wanted to burn down the house, but the others stopped him for that, and they left.
The investigation and parliamentary session lasted 98 days, but it was believed that this thieves' association had been robbing and looting departments all over the county. This issue was considered the most magnificent that had arisen since the beginning of the 18th century. Although the judges and the prosecutor took the most credit for resolving the case, Þuríður, a fishing woman in Eyrarbakki, deserved credit for coming up with a thieves' association, but she knew the knitting pattern on mittens that one of the robbers had buttoned up in the robbery and informed the authorities of her suspicions.
The Supreme Court ruled in the case on July 7, 1828, as follows: Sigurdur Gottvinsson shall be punished with 27 blows and enslaved for life in a prison under strict surveillance. The brothers Jón and Haflidi and Jón Geirmunds were only allowed to hang on to poles and be slaves for life. They also had to pay legal costs and damages. They were sent to a prison in Denmark, which is to say that Haflidi was the only one who returned.
Suspected members of the thieves' association: Jón Gottvinsson Jr. at Forsæti received a 3x27 lash. Einar Jónsson at Skúmstaðir got a 2x27 whiplash. Snorri Geirmundsson at Litla-Hraun got 27 lashes. Those who were only sentenced to pay legal costs were, Gottvin Jónsson in Baugstaðir, Ólafur Stefánsson in Nedri-Hömrar, Markús Gíslason in Steinsholt, Valgerdur Jónsdóttir in Steinsholt, Kristín Gunnlaugsdóttir in Steinsholt, Gudmundur Þorláksson in Efri-Hömrar, Eiríkur Snorrason in Hólar, Teitur Helgason in Skúmstaðir, Helga Ólafsdóttir in Efri-Hömrar, Vilborg Jónsdóttir in Leidólfsstaðir, Árni Eyjólfsson in Stödlakot, Þorleifur Kolbeinsson in Stéttir, Páll Haflidason in Skúmstaðir, Jón Halldórsson and Þorvaldur Gunnlaugsson in Gróf. Those who shared all the time were, Gudbjörg Gottvinsdóttir, Kristín Magnúsdóttir in Baugstaðir, Gudrún Jónsdóttir in Hólar, Kristín Hannesdóttir in Stéttir. Gunnhildur Eyjólfsdóttir in Stóra-Hraun and Gudbjörg Kolbeinsdóttir in Eyrarbakki.
There was no prison in Iceland at that time and the prisoners were kept in various places until the case was adjudicated and they were transferred to Copenhagen for execution. Sigurdur Gottvinsson was in Hjálmholt. Jón Geirmundsson was at Stóra-Ármót. Jón Kolbeinsson was in Bár. Haflidi was in Langholt.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
The eruption in Geldingdal in Reykjanes is still in full swing. A lot of lava flows from the main crater. Hundreds of people have been in the area today to watch the eruption. The volcano is about 40 km east of Eyrarbakki and only a few kilometers from the international airport.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
The village Eyrarbakki is the oldest village in Iceland. Settlement began there in the Viking Age and soon developed into a trading post. Until 1920, Eyrarbakki was the main trading post in the south of Iceland. The village has now been declared a protected area. Within those limits is a huge number of untouched antiquities.https://www.arborg.is/media/skjol/1-Lf-Eyrarbakki-vernd_ibuafundur_2017.pdf
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021
This winter, a coronavirus infection broke out at the Sólvéllir nursing home in Eyrarbakki and three elderly people died. A total of 29 people have died from the disease in Iceland. Vaccination has been difficult and only about 33.000 peoble have been vaccinated.
The Icelandic Meteorological Office has been closely monitoring the area south of Fagradalsfjall today in Reykjanes, where earthquakes have been continuous for two weeks. There are indications that the magma channel is expanding to the southwest and has now reached Nátthaga, which is a valley just east of Borgarfjall In Reykjanes. Measurements indicate that the corridor is moving about 500 meters in the last 24 hours. Villages or the international airport are not considered to be in danger even if eruptions break to the surface.