Photographer's Note

In June this year I was able to travel around Iceland by car. One of my favourite places was Siglufjordur, in the far north, situated on a fjord with the same name.

Once one of the main centres of the herring industry - and a superb herring museum (the red building on the far right) is one of the town's highlights - it is today a very quiet fishing town, but it'll perhaps become a more important tourist centre in the north with the building of the superlative, brand new Siglo Hotel, which is the pale green building on the left side of this photo. I was told that a local man made himself into a multi-millionaire in the USA and came back to Iceland to build it in his home town. We were fortunate to stay in it, completely by chance, without knowing in advance what the agent had booked in for us in each town. The small water feature in the foreground is a very warm geothermal pool.

Some TE members may have seen an Icelandic crime show on TV, called 'Trapped'. It was mostly filmed in Siglufjorder. Perhaps the new hotel and the fame reflected from the TV show will arrest the decline of the town's population, which was much greater in the herring years.

Shutter: 1/80
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Focal length: 34mm

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