It’s so beautiful to watch Icelanders working out how to work with wood, after these 1100 years with precious little of it except what washed up on the beach from Siberia.
It brings a whole new appreciation to the mystery of the substance.
Except for elf houses. They last, too.
The old turf house is just a bright spot in the grass now. The stone in the foreground looks like it might have been placed there to ford a stream.
Nothing beats Icelandic architecture.
For elves. Very modern elves.
A simple farm in the East, far from everything?
No, at the centre. This was the heart of some of Icelands greatest modern poems. Reykjavik is the wasteland here. What caught my eye was the oddness of this sewing machine and this bone, honoured on this picnic table.
What held me was this poem by Krystján Einarsson. Just say it out loud. The sound is enough.
Know that when you drive away, you are leaving the heart for the hands, and you’ll have to come back.
First, a storm in Akureyri. Notice the extra cold lying about. Recycle. Endurvinna!
Easy. Dig that cold stuff up.
And dump it into the fjord.
This cools the Gulf Stream down. Much appreciated! Work on the sun is still in its early developmental phases.
Prototype Cool Sun at Akureyri College
Sure, looks like a kid’s swing, right? A bit wind-torn, but what the heck.
On closer look, though, it looks like it’s been updated for hanging dead sheep, or dead car engines. Hard to say which.
Everything in Iceland in useful in so many ways!
Looks like a swimming pool, really.
That would make Iceland a float …
… in a hot tub.
Soaking in the North Atlantic
The beautiful view is closed off now, although the sun still shines in and statues still look out.
And for a palm tree just south of the Arctic Circle, where better? Is it Icelandic? The question is: what isn’t?
But the violinist playing to his city, now playing to an international hotel chain?
It can be exhausting to grow old and famous. Even three years ago, Harpa stood proudly out in the sea. Ten years ago, she was an open public space, with art shows and cool shops everywhere. Now she’s growing up, the dear.
So are we all.
So are we all.