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Kristnes  601 Eyjafjarðarsveit

The great white plague 


A tuberculosis sanatorium was built at Kristnes in 1927. TB is a deadly infectious disease caused by bacteria and it was particularly heavy on young people in the twentieth century. People were put away in sanatorium and Vífilsstaðir in the south, built in 1910, was more than full  when Kristnes opened. There were no medecin for TB until mid century. The only cure was to give the patient good housing, healthy food and fresh air. The rate of death was high and patient that came to Kristnes did´nt necceserily expect to get out from there again. At HÆLIÐ we tell stories about loss, sorrow, isolation and despair but also hope, serenity, romance and a lust for life.