Updated: Jul 10, 2020
Friday, August 31st, I gave two presentations in Ísafjörður. It is located on the 2nd fjord down and on the top of that fjord (look under the blue box).
The first one was for 16-20-year-olds at the high school and the second one was at the University Centre of the Westfjords.
The people of Ísafjörður were awesome …. Just like every single place that I have visited in Iceland.
I have given ten presentations and now have two remaining. At every single location, everyone has been so welcoming and very interested in the story of the “Western Icelanders.” This tour will be unforgettable.
The University Centre and Ísafjörður are interesting and exciting places for visiting students in all fields of study. They have a very fascinating Coastal and Marine Management Master’s Program that is an international program with the goal of finding more sustainable ways to manage natural resources.
Teachers come from all over the world and are leading experts in their fields. During the summer, they offer a variety of Icelandic courses like Icelandic Language, Saga, and many inspiring culture courses in the magnificent Westfjords. They have a “Crash Course” in Icelandic for beginners during the first week in January and a three-week course in the summer.
I am overwhelmed at the beauty of the Westfjords (Vestfirðir in Icelandic). They are so mountainous and have forty-nine fjords! There is one glacier here – the Drangajökull. It is the fifth largest glacier in Iceland. There are millions of birds and many seals around the many fjords. I could have sat by the sea all day watching the seals.
Farming is difficult here because they do not have many areas suitable for agriculture but the good natural harbors and so many great fjords make fishing an important part of the economy. About 4,000 people live in Ísafjörður and about 7,300 live in the entire Westfjords.
After the two presentations were over, my friend, Ferne, and I had lunch with two wonderful ladies from Ísafjörður and then visited their home and art gallery/shop. Their entire home is like an art gallery because of all the beautiful things that they have made in their workshop. Everything is marvelous in this shop. There was so much to see, our hostess was fabulous, and it was hard to leave.