Happy 1,000th birthday, siblings!

One of the rare occasions the whole group has been ...

One of the rare occasions the whole group has been together.

Yesterday was a big day and a magical milestone for this group of brothers and sisters from Snæfellsnes in West Iceland.

When brother Ólafur turned 69 yesterday, 31 March, the combined aged of the fifteen siblings hit 1,000 – a feat achieved by only two other groups of living siblings in Iceland.

The round figure will only last as long as next Monday, however. When brother Jóhannes turns 75 on 4 April, the group will then be 1,001 years old.

The group’s late parents were Karl Eiríksson and Anna Ólafsdóttir. Karl himself had ten brothers and sisters and Anna, thirteen.

Parents Anna Ólafsdóttir and Karl Eiríksson.

Parents Anna Ólafsdóttir and Karl Eiríksson.

The 1,000-year-old sibling group consists of: Reimar (born 1940), Jóhannes (1941), Ingólfur (1942), Steinar (1943), Kristjana (1944), Ólöf (1946), Ólafur (1947), Kristlaug (1948), Elín (1949), Eiríkur (1951), Anna (1952), Emilía (1954), Guðrún (1955), Sigurður Karl (1958), and Guðbjörg Baldvina (1959).

The siblings are very active in meeting up whenever possible, but the entire group of fifteen has reportedly only been all together in the same place at the same time on three occasions in their life.

Together they have 35 children and 47 grandchildren – with three more on the way.

The record for the combined age of a sibling group in Iceland is 1,215 years.

Some of the siblings on a newly arrived tractor back ...

Some of the siblings on a newly arrived tractor back in 1957.

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