Flóki of the Ravens

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Flóki Vilgerdarson (Vilgerðarson)

Also Known As: "Hrafna-Flóki", "Flóki Vilgerðarson", "Floki", "Floki Vilgerdsson", "Ravna-Floke"
Birthplace: Norway
Death: Iceland
Immediate Family:

Son of Vilgerd Horda-Kåredotter
Husband of Gróa Bjarnardóttir
Father of Oddlief Staff; Thjodgerd Flókisdóttur; Trond Gata; Torlak Ravna-Flokeson and N.N. Flókadóttir

Occupation: Explorer who named Iceland.
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About Flóki of the Ravens

Flóki Vilgerðarson (b. 9th century) was the first Norseman to deliberately sail to Iceland. His story is documented in the Landnámabók manuscript; however, the precise year of his arrival is not clear.

Floki was accompanied by his family on his journey. His wife was named Gró and his children included Oddleifur and Þjóðgerður. From Western Norway he set sail to the Shetland Islands where it is said his daughter drowned. He continued his journey and landed in the Faroe Islands where another of his daughters was wed. There he took three ravens to help him find his way to Iceland, and thus, he was nicknamed Raven-Floki (Norse and Icelandic; Hrafna-Flóki) and he is commonly remembered by that name.

Despite speaking ill of Iceland when back in Norway, Floki later returned and settled to live there to his death.


Flóki Vilgerðarson (Hrafna-Flóki) Tilnavn / fordanskning: Floke (Ravnefloke) Lokalitet: Først Bredefjord, Vestl. Island; senere Mo, Flokedal, nordl. Island. Relationer: Søn af Vilgerðr Hǫrða-Káradóttir. Gift med Gro. Havde sønnen Odleif Staf. Kilder: Landnamabogen: 5, 6, 177 Noter:

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