Photographer's Note

Husavik, a small town of some 2000 inhabitants in the far north of Iceland was the first place in Iceland that was settled permanently. Even if the people of the capital Reykjavik want to believe their place to be the first, it was actually the Norse Viking Gardar Svarvarsson who stayed here in the winter of AD 870. When he left in the spring, two of his slaves decided to stay behind and build a farm on the spot, thus being the first permanent settlers on Iceland. The name Husavik therefore translate simply to the place where the house stood.
After the decline in the fishing industry, Husavik was able to reinvent itself as the whale watching capital of Iceland with several companies offering tours out to the sea to watch the gentle giants. Husavik therefore also is the leading party in Icelands anti whaling protestants and strives to protect the whales.

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