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The Icelandic Winds: a Force to Be Reckoned With

This house, hiding behind its collapsed turf buildings near Buðir talks of a country where a landscape view from your picture window is just not really very important.

Hraunhöfn

Whats more, its an old harbour 2 kilometres from a lagoon and 2.5 from open salt water at the Buðakirkja. If you have been at Buðir in the winter winds, you will know why.

That sand is ground up scallop shells. At 70 miles per hour, it cuts into your face like sharp knives. You will have a hard time just standing up straight.

Learning to Tilt in Iceland

The land teaches that all falling is not vertical.

Hamrahlið, north of Grund

Good to know.

Grundarfjörður, west of Grund

When we were there, parents were being advised to walk their children under 12 to school, as the hurricane-force winds might blow them over. The older kids could tilt, it seems, like everyone else.

Why Do Icelandic Horses Have Long Ears?

Wind! You’d lose the use of one ear most of the time if you didn’t.

A serious issue! Plus, it’s stylish, eh.

If you turn your head, you can hear even better, but you can’t always do that now, can you. You want to, like stand still.

All together now!

There’s no arguing with it. It’s a thing.

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Skriðuklaustur

In a Country With Little Sun

In a country with little sun …

… holes are set in walls …

… but not to let in the light.

Sometimes the old word is best …

 

… window.

The wind’s eye.

It’s the same for the hole in your skull.

The skull’s eye.


It’s best not to let the wind into that one!

Just the sun!