Midsummer and the North Coast of Iceland

Akureyri waterfront sculpture. This sculpture, with its sense of a Scandinavian helmet, is entitled 'Farið' and stands on the waterfront in Akureyri. It is by the Icelandic artist Pétur Bjarnason. Literally meaning 'Gone' it has also been called the 'Fishtail' and 'Flight'. Two locations on the north coast of Iceland provide the pictures for this page. The major town of Akureyri Go to another site. has a population of some 18,000 and is the largest centre of population outside the south-west of the island. The other community featured is Raufarhöfn the most northerly village in Iceland about 6 miles south of the northern tip of Go to another page. the country; the place I had chosen to spend midsummer. Go to another site. The Bautinn Restaurant. The Bautinn Restaurant Go to another site. in Akureyri stands conspicuously at the centre of the town Akureyri town and boat. The outskirts of the town with the mountains behind Sculpture and church in Akureyri. Sculptures are a feature of public spaces, beyond this one is the main church of Akureyri Akureyri waterfront. The waterfront of Akureyri Akureyri church and town. The main church Go to another site. overlooks the waterfront area of Akureyri Husavik harbour and fjord. A fjord and mountain view across the harbour area of the town of Húsavík - population 2,100 - which lies halfway between Akureyri and Raufarhöfn Husavik church. A more traditional church design is found here in Húsavík Raufarhofn church. And this is the church at Raufarhöfn - the most northerly community in Iceland Raufarhofn church and harbour. The harbour and church at Raufarhöfn less than 20 miles from the Arctic Circle Distant lighthouse at the northern tip of Iceland. If this image strikes you as desolate it has been successful, for this is the lighthouse at the tip of Iceland's northernmost peninsular. I had attempted to walk to it on Midsummer's day, but as I set out, a blizzard started which blew for two days; I never made it. This photo, from the road a kilometre away, was taken after the storm abated Raufarhofn harbour and church form inside hotel. These three blurred images were taken from the Raufarhöfn hotel at... Raufarhofn harbour form inside hotel. ...lighter moments in the two days of blizzard at Midsummer Raufarhofn harbour with snow form inside hotel. The fresh snow you can see above soon melted Black beach near Raufarhofn. Two more shots of the north coast near Raufarhöfn to reinforce, maybe unnecessarily, the message that it is bleak up there. A black ash and stone landscape, with patches of moss, and a constant north wind Headland near Raufarhofn. On enquiring about public transport from Reykjavik to Raufarhöfn, I was met with puzzlement, it was not a place that the tourist office staff thought visitors would want to go Crags and farmhouses. The shots on the rest of this page try to show that all is not so bleak on the north coast. Snow covered mountains and ... Grass and distant mountains with trailer. ...spectacular rock-forms make the lanscape as a whole attractive, and the areas of human habitation are well provided with statues, sculptures and abstract art 'Outlaw' sculpture by Einer Jonsson. Bust overlooking fjord. To the left is one of Einar Jónsson's Go to another site. series of sculptures entitled 'Outlaws' Fjord with rocks and mountains. Fjords, rocks and mountains of the north coast Barrage at head of fjord. A barrage offers protected anchorage to small craft Snow covered mountain ridges with farmhouses below. A quintessential composition of Icelandic countryside: ridged, snow covered mountains, standing above isolated farm houses, and surrounded by green fields The next page returns to the theme of islands and hops down to the Outer Hebrides which lie to the north-west of Scotland, and specifically to the island of Barra seen in this picture. Hartaval and shafts of sunlight on Barra. line
Saturday 23rd June 2018 Murphy on duty

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