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Ninety-Year-Old Letter Discovered in West Fjords

An almost 90-year-old rolled-up letter was discovered between panels in Uffukot, on old house in Flateyri in the West Fjords, which is currently being renovated. The owner, Bödvar Gíslason, is afraid to open the letter out of fear that it will crumble to pieces.

“This letter most likely dates back to 1922,” Gíslason told Fréttabladid. He has been meaning to visit the curator of the local district museum to see whether he can open the letter without damaging it.

“The thought also occurred to me to put it back between the panels and close it up the way it was,” Gíslason said. The letter is addressed to agriculturist Sveinn Árnason who built Uffukot around 1922. He died eight years later.

Gíslason concluded the letter must have been written around the time the house was built because, “the house is in its original state inside and no items have ever been removed.”

Uffukot is a Norwegian log house with siding panels. Gíslason and his family are currently renovating the windows and the outside of the house to its original look.

The house is named after Thurídur Signý Jónasdóttir, who was called Uffa, and lived in the house before Gíslason’s family bought it.

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