Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Washington Press
Map 1. The North Atlantic
Map 2. Iceland
Map 3. Greenland
Map 4. The Faroe Islands
Foreword: Amid the Mists of Northern Waters and Words
I should probably confess right at the outset that I myself am among the people described in Karen Oslundâs Iceland Imagined who have had a life-long fascination for this remote and eerily intriguing island in the North Atlantic. When my fifth-grade class back in the mid-1960s spent...
In Christina Sunleyâs novel The Tricking of Freya, the Icelandic âbad boyâ Sæmundurâa stand-in for the trickster god Lokiâexplains to the heroine why the terrain at Þingvellir is so rocky and hard for her to balance on: âThink of the earth as an egg with its shell cracked. We are standing on...
On my first visit to Iceland, an Icelandic acquaintance took me for a driving tour around the Reykjanes peninsula. On this southwestern corner of the island, the capital of Reykjavík is surrounded by a cluster of outlying suburbs and neighboring communities...
1. Icelandic Landscapes
Icelandic nature, particularly in its extreme manifestations of volcanoes and glaciers and their potential to create natural disasters, has long fascinated travelers. The striking idea of a land shaped by fire and ice grips the memories of visitors, even as the tourist industry has rendered the image...
2. Nordic by Nature
On his outward voyage from Copenhagen to the Faroe Islands in 1828, the German bird enthusiast Carl Julian Graba noted his sighting of âthe first Northern birdsâ (die ersten Vögel des Nordens) of the voyage off the coasts of the Shetland Islands. Although he had...
3. Mastering the World's Edges
Despite the work of the officials to improve material conditions in the North Atlantic, making a living there was never easy. One of the problems for the farmers, at whom the Icelandic and Danish officials aimed most of their efforts, was the absence of tools, especially...
4. Translating and Converting
The inside of the grocery store in the village of Kulusuk in East Greenland looks like any other Danish grocery store. The jam is a well-known Danish brand (Den Gamle Fabrik), the yogurt also comes from Denmark, and the socks and underwear, like those everywhere...
5. Reading Backward
Landing in the Faroe Islands is not very comfortable for people prone to airsickness. Of the eighteen islands that make up the Faroes, only one of them, the westernmost of the larger islands, Vágar, has enough flat ground to build runways. The airport at Vágar was built by the...
Epilogue: Whales and Men
It is difficult, for outsiders anyway, to think about Iceland without dealing in metaphors and symbols. Whenever Iceland surfaces in the international press, journalists are apt to explain whatever the issue at hand might be in terms of sagas, Vikings, volcanoes, glaciers, earthquakes...
Illustrations: 10 illus., 4 maps
Publication Year: 2011
OCLC Number: 744362075
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Iceland Imagined