Tag Archives: isolation

Iceland is Beautiful But the People Are (Almost) Gone


Seyðisfjörður without boats…

Churches without mowers with scythes…

Mountain villages with neither people nor sheep.

The fishers walked away.

The settlers made little mark.

The farmers went to Canada.

There are reasons for these things. They have to do with emptiness and inhuman power.

That too is a human strength, but not for the young.

Skaftafell

Mysteries.

 

Getting Off the Ring Road in Iceland

Before the Ring Road, this was the highway to the East.

It is now easy to forget that Iceland is many different countries united by isolation. Sometimes the way forward is the way back.

And this is the high-tech version.

Road crew.

Watch your step.

If isolation can be connection, can connection be isolation?

Roadside Inn.

When a country becomes a road…

… what then?

Would You Make It As An Icelander

Would you be able to support a family by raising sheep on a lava field like this?
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Or would a farm on the cliff, below a waterfall blown upwards by hurricane do the trick? p1380745

Those are your choices. Not only that, but your choices view, and are viewed by, the desperate gambles of others. Try that.