Hallgrímur Helgason grew up at farm Þorbrandsstaðir, where in early 1900 three siblings drowned in an icy pond. As a young man Hallgrímur met Bergljót, the mother of the three children, and remebers her as a dignified and compassionate lady. In 1940 renowned Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson wrote about the occurrence in his book Heiðarharmur. The people in Vopnafjörður found it hard to accept how freely Gunnarsson treated the facts about this tragic event.
A dream had been passed on between generations for decades and now, the Refsstaður farm is self sustainable with electricity. On a windy winter day Ágústa Þorkelsdóttir tells us about the damn that keeps her family home warm and bright.
And what a collection. Sigga Dóra collects paintings, drawings and prints by artists that in many cases are known for other art forms, such as musicians and performers. The collection includes various Stórval pieces, a painting by Megas (the Icelandic Bob Dylan), a very early drawing of musician, performer and fine artist Ragnar Kjartansson, a drawing by writer Hallgrímur Helgason and many more. Her guestbook is also a must see and undoubtably qualifies as a part of the collection, signed by many of Iceland’s most renowned artists and actors including Sigurrós (and us!).
In 2009 Reykjavík born designer Brynjar Sigurðarson travelled across Iceland in search for inspiration and a new environment, he ended up in Vopnafjörður. Four years later Brynjar returns with the Vopnafjörður inspired sticks. Brynjar is back, the sticks have returned home and the project has reached a full circle. Although, the journey is nowhere close to an end, and as Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir at Spark Design Space puts it: “One could say that Brynjar has truly become a traveler and an explorer and now he holds a beautiful stick to complete that image.”