The town of Seydisfjordur is nestled in the fjord bearing the same name. Pre-pandemic it attracted 1.3 visitors with its beautiful waterfalls, and scenery. For industry it has fishing, an aluminum plant, and computer companies with data centers as electricity is cheap. There are pipes under the road to keep them snow and ice free as snow can be found till early summer, which begins mid-July. The area is 99% green energy with no dependence on fossil fuels.
All red lights are hearts.
Soil erosion is a problem for this area, and they are investigating how to plant, and grow trees which will survive in the area. In the 1100’s, all but 2% of the tree population was destroyed, and since that time it has been challenging to regrow. Lupines, a beautiful flowering invasive plant border all roads.
Lupines come in a variety of colors and grow with minimal needs. Here they are next to the base of a waterfall.
There is no wildlife in Iceland, another interesting fact.
This small town of 2000 gave a 5 star tour. Our female tour guide, was a local student from Spain who was studying marine life at the local college. Much of the services for the people of Iceland are free including education, health care, and a myriad of other items. They pay 43% taxes, however, for what they receive they are well taken care of, and in speaking with several residents there were no complaints. The Spanish tour guide while missing the sun, and warmth of Spain was happy living in a place where her apartment rent is subsidized, and requires no key as crime is virtually non-existent.
If only one could get used to the cold as on the first day of summer it was approximately 30 degrees.
The first stop was a fishing village from a former era.
The interiors of the fishing huts.
The actual dress of a fisherman in this era.
Next: A Church Visit – here an Icelandic songstress sang songs of her homeland. Icelandic people love music.
The final stop of the tour, a museum showing a typical fisherman’s home in the 1950’s, along with a movie showing fishing in the 1900’s. What courage those fisherman had.
And will close with one more phenomenal shot of Iceland.
Hope you’ve enjoyed taking the tour with me…