In Awe of God’s Creation – Iceland – Coplesit de Creatia lui Dumnezeu

English: Westfjords, Iceland, June 2008

  • For 1,000 years, people survived in the remotest part of the loneliest island on earth.
  • By 1940, they all had left.
  • All that remains are their homes, their land and the few who are coming back.

Journey to the most remote part of the Westfjords of Iceland. By the way, some interesting tidbits from this video, such as-

  • there are no trees, therefore there is no wood in this very isolated place, the Westfjord, the way they acquired wood was that driftwood would be deposited on one of the shores, traveling from Siberia in the water. The driftwood would be gathered on the shores and loaded on horse back and then traded (sold) to others on the island.
  • this is the land where stories of trolls originate. A lot of people say they have seen elves and trolls here.
  • mode of transportation? Skiing! No matter how old you were, you had to ski in most areas to get around.
  • from the end of November to January you do not see the sun.
  • their food had to last through winter, until summer came.

In Iceland’s rough and remote Westfjords region, Chad Sayers, Forrest Coots, and Chad Manley step back in time to revisit a way of life that lasted 1000 years. With the guidance of local friends Siggi Jonsson and Runar Karlsson, they traverse the storied landscape via sailboat, kayak, and ski, exploring what it would have been like to survive there for so many generations. Each ski run begins and ends with seaweed underfoot, while waterfalls, lichen-clad couloirs, and stories of humans past make up the in-between. VIDEO length 14 minutes.

Iceland: A Skier’s Journey

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