Tag Archives: West Fjords

The tiny village of Flateyri in Önundarfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland is surrounded by spectacular scenery. However, dangers lurk in this idyllic setting. On October 25, 1995, a deadly avalanche rolled over the settlement burying homes and killing 20. (The population of the village is only ~200.) The panorama below was taken around 1:15 […]

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Upon hearing a great piece of music, my music guru Ramashreya Jha “Ramrang” was fond of quoting Kabir: mann mast hua tab kyon bole? (Why open your mouth when the mind is filled with bliss?) I am often at a loss for words in the midst of Iceland‘s landscape and Kabir serves me well there. […]

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The Strandir coast of the Westfjords in Iceland exudes a melancholy air. Desolate, remote beaches lined with piles of driftwood washed up from Siberia only add to this sense of foreboding. Veiðileysa is a small inlet just before crossing the pass that leads into the next fjord Reykjarfjörður.   Fog moves in less than an […]

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An array of flat-topped mountains, their snouts dipped in the fjord, punctuated by valleys is the signature sight of Iceland‘s Westfjords. This image of one such mountain, Hvestunúpur (531 m), was taken on Arnarfjörður.   A better appreciation of the scape can be had from the air, and such a view is seen below in […]

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