BLW in Eastern Iceland

I was in Iceland in 2004 for the Klaustrid Artist-in-Residence Program. This BLW series will share some images from my brief time there (in no particular order). I was at Klaustrid (pictured above) the former home of writer Gunnar Gunnarsson. Skriduklaustur is a museum honoring him in Fljótsdalur, about 15 miles from the main (but tiny) city of Egilsstadir. Some images in the series were taken in Hallormsstadur, and others by Lagarfljót, a lake fed by jade colored meltwater from the Vatnajökull glacier. Many thanks to Skuli and his family and to all the wonderful people of Eastern Iceland. Takk fyrir!

Looking down from the craggy hills toward the beginnings of Lagarfljót. The road arcing into the distance will pass through one of Iceland’s only remaining forests, Hallormsstadur. The water flows from right to left.

Preparing horses for the annual gathering of the sheep.

The sheep have been roaming free and are now strewn far and wide in all directions. Every fall they are rounded up and gathered in a great ring on the valley floor and their owners will come to claim them. These sheep are just beginning the journey.

9 responses

  1. I am just awestruck whenever I read your blog posts…The photographs are brilliant.

    May 1, 2012 at 5:13 am

  2. I am transported – thank you for sharing on this dreary morning in western PA.

    May 1, 2012 at 5:57 am

  3. Wendy

    I came across your blog via a wordpress ‘Earth Day’ post last week. Your photography is absolutely stunning.
    The landscape and geology of the second photo of this post is fascinating. I especially like the way the cloud clings to the hill tops, it reminds me of a time when I was in The Lake District, England.
    Really enjoy reading your posts, thanks for sharing your photography.

    May 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

  4. Gorgeous pictures – I like the way the wind is blowing the horses’ manes in the same direction as the grasses…

    May 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

  5. Linda Conley

    Fascinating. Your art has taken you to some amazing adventures. Hoping to see more of these shots from Iceland.

    May 1, 2012 at 9:02 am

  6. So many wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing them.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

  7. Yes I agree with everything that everyone says. Especially Wendy’s comment about the Lake District. I’m English and love the lakes. I’m also reminded by this photo of my childhood holidays in Scotland. The clouds that hang around the mountains have a similar flavour to this one in Iceland. All brilliant!! Thank you for sharing and reminding me of happy days. Tovah

    May 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

  8. Amazing. such a great learning experience for me to read this blog. I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. It is an intriguing country.

    May 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

  9. I’m amazed by how similar it is to the west of Ireland!

    May 4, 2012 at 2:38 am

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