Photographer's Note

Next fjord ! We keep on driving on F96 road and enter Fáskrúdsfjördur fjord. On the south side of the mouth of the fjord, we make a break to take pictures of this small orange lighthouse. A touch of color in a wild and impressive landscape. The light was not great, but the colours is very attractive anyway, isn't it ?

Fáskrúdsfjördur fjord is nicknamed the "fjord of French". From 19th century to 1914, a lot of french sailors coming from Brittany, Normandy and north of France, du Nord (from 4,000 to 5,000) came on Iceland coasts to fish. They often made a break in the small village Fáskrúdsfjördur in the back of the fjord to provision and send back some of the fish to France. The links between France and Iceland still remain visible in the village today : street signs are written both in french and icelandic, the French Hospital founded in 1903 sits in the middle of the village and a museum tells the story of these french fishermen that risked their life on the dangerous icelandic coasts. I have a funny souvenir about this place : as we had a break in the coffee by the museum, there was french music and in particular ... la Marseillaise ! I couldn't imagine to hear the rance hymn in a small village far far away in Iceland !

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