Houses in Ísafjörður

This is my last picture post from Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík, this time around.

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The theme today is houses. Many of them are corrugated iron clad houses that were very common in Iceland in the early 20th century and are still very prominent in Ísafjörður, but some are older. All but the last one are in Ísafjörður. The last one, Einarshúsið in Bolungarvík, is now a guesthouse and a restaurant. The story of Einarshúsið is both dramatic and sad. Pétur Oddsson, who built the house, was a businessman and the richest and most powerful man in the village. He lost most of his family to tuberculosis and he carried 14 of his family members, including all of his children, from the house from 1907 until 1930.  

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Fall Colours in Ísafjörður

The summer is really over now and the beautiful fall colours are reigning. I did not manage to photograph the wonderful heather shades, we were in way in much hurry on the way there and the weather had turned on they way back.

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Holuhraun Eruption

The eruption in Holuhraun is as active as ever. There seems to be no end to the sesmic activity in Bárðabunga either, check out these amazing maps that illustrate the intensity of these events.

Eruption video

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Holuhraun Eruption Update

Lava flowing from the Holuhraun fissure has entered Jökulsa a Fjöllum glacial river. A strong earthquake (5.4) was in Bárðarbunga this morning and an eruption there is still a likely event.

Photo: Höskuldur Borgþórsson
Photo: Höskuldur Borgþórsson

This photo is taken from a plane on the way to Egilsstaðir. Commercial planes fly over the eruption site and pilots or flight attendants explain what is happening.

Eruption Video

Both videos are from RUV

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Ripping!

While the eruption has fizzled out (for now at least), life goes on. That includes knitting and last night I did this: IMG_0047 What is it you ask? Why it is the cut of ribbing of the lopi cardigan I have been knitting. It was supposed to be somewhat roomy and boxy, but when I tried it on, the ribbing was way too loose, too short and generally unflattering. So I cut it off and now I am knitting a twisted rib downwards. IMG_0049

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I really don’t know why I didn’t do that from the beginning (the twisted rib that is). I like it much better than the “ordinary” one and I use it most of the time. But no real harm is done, the cardigan will just take a little more time to finish, and my girl will have to wait a few more days before I start knitting her fall lopi sweater.

On her way to grammar school!
On her way to grammar school!