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Grove in Reykjavík in Remembrance of Norway Murders

The first steps towards creating a grove honoring the people who were murdered in Oslo and Utøya on July 22, 2011, were taken in the Reykjavík wetlands Vatnsmýrin near the Nordic House and University of Iceland yesterday.


The Nordic House in Vatnsmýrin. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Shortly after the tragedy became known, the board of the Nordic Association in Iceland discussed creating a memorial for the victims, Fréttablaðið reports.

The idea of Þorvaldur S. Þorvaldsson, former urban planning director of Reykjavík, on a memorial grove was determined to be the best one and was presented to the Reykjavík Forestry Association.

The plan is to plant eight large rowans symbolizing each of the Nordic countries and 77 birches for each of the murder victims. Four benches will be placed at cardinal points and a memorial stone with an explanatory text will also be placed in the grove.

A survivor of the Utøya massacre, Siri Marie Sønstelie, and her father Erik, were present when the first trees were planted yesterday.

Sønstelie recently published a book about her story, entitled Jeg lever, pappa (“I’m Alive, Dad”), which she wrote with her father, who is a journalist. They are currently in Iceland to promote the book’s publication in the country.

Click here to read about another recent project in Vatnsmýrin.


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