What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?
- Henry David Thoreau
An island nation in the North Atlantic, Iceland is in the midst of a transition from its fishing and agrarian roots.
Its rocky, sparsely vegetated landscapes are scattered with wind-battered homesteads once inhabited by hardy sheep farmers whose Viking ancestors settled the land 1,000 years ago. In the country’s isolated northwestern reaches, a group of skiers travel to a restored farmhouse in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve to explore places left behind by communities that were intimately connected with their natural environment. (more…)