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I took that image in the summer '89, when with 4 friends we spent more than a month to round Iceland.
In the '89 Iceland wasn't a main tourist destination...maybe it wasn't a touristic country!
It was linked with Europe and North America with few flights every week and the number of the tourist during the summer season was around few thousands in the whole island.
The only way to go around was the Ring Road, that for more than a half was unpaved and without bridges along many rivers (today is a large freeway). All the roads and the trails that run in the inner Iceland were closed at that time for eruption of different vulcanos.
We arrived by bus in that small village, where the centre was the church and the drugstore in front of the church. Nothing more, just some dozens of small houses and one street.
In the '89 less there were less than 500 inhabitants.
In front of the village there is the long Mi餱j鰎饀r, one of the biggest fjord of Iceland. Hvammstangi is located few miles from the Ring Road.
We stop there 2 days, walking around on the closest hills finding falls and small glaciers.
We slepped in 2 small tents, that were on the back of the church, the only place of the village without a terrifiant polar wind.

We arrived there in a saturday evening, when the drugstore was closed.
It was closed still in the sunday and we haven't food.
Fortunally some polite guys and girls gave us some tomatos, cheese and bread to have a quick lunch and dinner.
They told us that we were the first tourists from many months, to stop in Hvammstangi for more than few hours!

Today, after so many years i remember few things about that village: the cold, the terrifiant polar wind all the day and night, the rain and a long treak to distant falls.


*Scanned image*
Noise added and converted in sepia tones.


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