The cemetery at Fossvogur was consecrated in 1932 and is situated close to central Reykjavík, on the hillside east of Öskjuhlíð and west of Fossvogur. The cemetery is about 28.2 hectares (2.47 acres) including the area on the far western side of the cemetery which was used up until 1987. In mid-1982 all the area inside the cemetery was used and no further lots were available for sale. Today there are only reserved burying places left and these are gradually decreasing in number.
Note: It is now possible to bury urns in graves that already have a coffin, with the permission of the plot owner. This has increased in past years and in this way a family may share a lot.
Icelandic folk beliefs hold that the first person to be buried in a cemetery will be its ‘guardian' and that the body will not rot but serve to watch over those arriving later. In Fossvogur the ‘guardian' is Gunnar Hinriksson, a weaver, buried there on 2nd September 1932.
The only crematorium in Iceland with 2 cremation chambers is located on the cemetery grounds.
There are also special sites for graves of foreigners: the British plot (mostly WWII graves maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), German plot, Norwegian plot etc.
GPS Coordinates: 64.12409, -21.91053
- Added: 18 Jun 2005
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2146064
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