Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir Biography

Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir

Viking traveler
Born: c. 985
Birthplace: Iceland

According to the Icelandic sagas, Gudrid (“the traveler”) and her husband Thorfinn Karlsefni traveled to North America where they founded the Vinland settlement. Gudrid gave birth to her son Snorri, the first European born in North America. When the settlement proved too dangerous, they returned to Iceland. Gudrid later made a pilgrimage to Rome and was credited with setting up nunneries in Iceland.