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Skalar, Langanes Peninsula, Iceland

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by bobhoge, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. The Langanes Peninsula is on the northeast tip of Iceland. The narrow peninusla sticks out about 13 miles and is quite flat, about 600 to 1200 feet high. It is rarely visited and very difficult to get there. Our very experienced Iceland guide had never been able to get there and was anxious to see it.

    There had been a few farms there and a small fishing community but all were abandoned in the 1950's. Life that far out was just too tough.

    We anchored off-shore and took zodiacs to a very rocky beach near one of the abandoned farms:

    We hiked a couple of miles across the peninusla to Skalar, the abandoned village, the population here was 117 before the abandonment:

    Some of the concrete buildings are still recognizable:

    But there is not much left of the wooden ones:


    There is a survival hut for shipwrecked seamen, the only "modern" building:

    Inside there are some cots, warm clothing, rations, and a distress radio:

    Bob & Nan
  2. Sancho


    May 21, 2007
    Arkansas & Belize
    Great photos.
    Nice of them to look after each other in case of an emergency.
  3. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl

    Very good Bob
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