© 2020 Malcolm Thornton
Sólfar the Sun Voyager, sitting on the Reykjavík waterfront, is a massive steel sculpture by artist Jón Gunnar Arnason. It may resemble a Viking ship, but was it was originally envisaged as dream boat and ode to the sun, based on a spiritual vision by Arnason. Curiously, Arnason was dying of leukaemia at the time the Sun Voyager was being constructed, so some argue that the Sun Voyager may have been viewed as a vessel that transports souls to the realm of death.
Vík í Mýrdal's enormous Basalt Sea Stacks set against the the stunning Reynisfjara Black Volcanic Sand Beach. Visitors to Reynisfjara need to always be aware of the potential dangers present at the beach. Sudden and dramatic shifts in tide, sneaker-waves, and rip currents are infamous for their unpredictabilty, strength, and ability to drag helpless people out into the freezing cold open Atlantic Ocean.
Foss á Síðu is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, with the river Fossá dropping 30 meter over a basalt rock cliff. The area is thought to be the dwelling place of some of Iceland’s ‘hidden people’, and according to a local folklore story, home to a rare kind of ghost that wanders around the 9th century farm. The ghost of a dog named Móri, who carries with him a nine generation curse that was directed at the occupant family in the 16th century.