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Iceland’s Youngest Great-Great-Grandmother?

Four generations of women posed for a Morgunbladid photographer this week along with the family’s latest member, little Benjamín. Dýrfinna Ósk Högnadóttir, who at 72 is probably the country’s youngest great-great-grandmother, held the baby boy in her lap.


A procession of mothers with their baby carriages in Laugardalur, Reykjavík. Photo by Bernhild Vögel.

“I suppose it’s in the genes. Or maybe we were just given a free rein?” Högnadóttir laughed when asked whether it is a tradition in the family to have children at an early age. She herself has five daughters and one son.

“I’ve actually lost count of how many great-grandchildren I have. I think their number is approaching 20 if they haven’t exceeded 20 already,” she added. “It is also like a big family reunion every time my kids and I get together as we try to do every summer.”

Benjamín Hayden Caird, who was born on August 2, is actually her second great-great-grandchild. His parents are Högnadóttir’s great-granddaughter Sunna Mjöll Albertsdóttir, who is 19, and Chris Caird, 22.

With them in the picture is Alda Ósk Jónsdóttir (52), to the far left, who is Högnadóttir’s daughter and Benjamín’s great-grandmother, and Sylvía Dröfn Edvaldsdóttir (35), to the far right, who is Högnadóttir’s granddaughter and Benjamín’s grandmother.

Click here to see the picture and here to read about Iceland’s first great-great-great-grandfather.


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