05/06/12 Transit 'To Iceland' (driving around for 10 days) -- part 1

 

 

08/06/12 After years of wanting to see the arctic circle, today was the first glimpse. From an area called Ufsaströnd, we could see in the direction of the arctic.

three very specific material/spatial elements that were used to situate myself.

 

An area with lots of road tunnels, in the north middle of Iceland.

Each entry/exit from the tunnels revealed a new angle of viewing for the arctic circle. Based on our estimated altitude, we could actually *see* it.

Finally finished my penicillin, from infected sinuses.

Instructions for lifesaving equipment at the docks at Siglufjördur.

My favourite part is where the wind-person is causing the wind that is preventing the swimmer from reaching shore on their own....

Up northern Iceland near Hestfjall and Lágheiði we found an emergency shelter hut. It was so incredibly cute, weathered wood and paint, and inside it had a huge array of material artefacts. The nicest part I thought was that no tourists had been stupid enough to steal the very unique woolen banket that was on the bed. Inside was a guestbook, which we read and also signed, and a cupboard filled with food and paper, wood and matches to burn.

All around the alpine areas there are such strong material traces(?), remnants of seasons (the grassy mounds that are enclosing pockets of ice, the footprints of other humans that are melting in the snow), visible materials which signal the climate and environmental factors (ash covered areas, ash frozen into patches of snow, wool from sheep strung amoung rocks and tufts of grass). Walking around on the roadside really provides a heightened awareness of ongoing material interactions, both site-specific to where you are located, but also to the greater conceptualisation of 'Iceland' as its own unique environment and culture.

 

trying to make connections between experiences and theory.

The issues surrounding the term 'place' are puzzling. Why this shift in my language?

Finished one journal, on to a new one.... Aptly the start of a new journal was the day I was preparing to transit to the arctic circle.

I thought it was also important to document the very material interactions one has with the economy. Icelandic Kronars. In what seems like a 'cashless society', where people purchase a chocolate bar on their credit card, keeping smaller denominations of ISKs became an additional concern whilst transiting around in rural and remote areas. Often you could not pay in cash, only on card.

 

 

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