| Hringurinn II

The ringroad in 1985 versus nowadays - see how the road has changed. Parts of the documentary Hringurinn from Fridrik Thor Fridriksson are projected on a screen next to the street.

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| Hringurinn by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

The base for this work is the documentary Hringurinn from the Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. In the year 1985 Fridrik Thor documented his trip along the Hringvegur - also known as the Ring Road - by fixing a camera on the roof of his car. The release was connected to the mileage counter and every 12 meter one frame was captured. The result is a documentary of 80 minutes of the Hringvegur around Iceland in autumn.

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| My Hringurinn 2008

I will follow the Hringurinn from Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and document the changes of the road. He will exactly start at the same point like Fridrik Thor having his documentary displayed in the car. Every 12 meter of way the next frame of the movie will be shown. There where the road changed a lot a screen will be installed next to it and the old part of this section will be projected. With the fall of the night, the new road will hide and the old road of 1985 will become visible. Compare yourself - what are the remarkable changes over the past 23 years: the road itself, the landscape surrounding it, new houses and buildings, the season, the actual weather or the light conditions?

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| 2008-05-20 | Thanks

Hringurinn II ends. The recording ended in Reykjavik but my trip ends in Hamburg. So back to Seydisfjördur to the ferry that brings me to Denmark. Thanks to everyone who helped me with my project and told me some stories about the ringroad and iceland!

Thanks to | Fridrik Thor Fridriksson for making Hringurinn II possible | Christof Wehmeier from the Icelandic Film Centre | Magnus Skarphedinsson and his wonderful family | Siggi for his support in Reykjavík and Ki for helping in Hamburg | Jón Rögnvaldsson, Eymundur Runólfsson and Pétur Matthíasson from Vegagerdin | all staff from the Salvation Army Guesthouse | Eva, Drifa, Sigurlaug and all the others I met in Kaffibarinn | Fridgeir and Jón for helping converting the video | Jörundur Jökulsson - the best car mechanic in Reykjavik | Thorsteinn and the lava eating sheep | all the friendly staff from Byko Market | Daniel for the roadmusic | everyone who helped me finding the old Road Number 1 | everyone who pulled over during the installations | street workers and drivers that took some time to talk to me | all sundlaugar's on the road

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| 2008-05-07 | Hringurinn II ends

I completed my Hringurinn - also in the night and in the same street like Fridrik Thor 23 years ago

This is actually not a footage from Hringruinn II. It's from the testing period. Coming to Reykjavík!

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| 2008-05-06 | Rain

It's raining again. I'm close to finish Hringurinn II, but I'm stuck next to Mosfellsbaer. Here it's difficult to compare changes of the road as night falls in Hringurinn from Fridrik Thor. You could see a wonderful sunset over Hvalfjördur in his trip. He ends his round trip in the night. So you only can see the traffic lights of Reykjavík. But already in 1985, Reykjavík was a bright city!

I'm at frame 115.207 of Hringurinn. It's quite unusual to measure way and time by frames of a movie. But I'm used to it now and I like the idea to leave meters and seconds behind - if Icelandic weather is d'accord with it. There might be one last installation in Reykjavík. But first I have to find a good location next to the Hringurinn from 1985.

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| 2008-05-05 | Installation Hvalfjördur - Frame 110.654

Here I will take a shortcut: I - and everyone else - save 43 km because we dont have to go around Hvalfjördur. Since 1998 there is tunnel going under the fjord.

I decided to do my installation right after the toll both everyone has to pay for the tunnel. There you have to drive 30 km/h and there is a small parking lot for trucks so cars could stop. I had a small talk with the guy working in the toll booth. He said that much more drivers uses the tunnel as expected. 1.500 were calculated at the beginning - today there are around 6.000 using the tunnel every day. So most of them have a kind of electronic pass. And they pass the booth faster then 30 km/h! Some drivers saw the screen - slowed down but they were already in the tunnel.

I was also told that the city Akranes is growing fast since it's connected so good to Reykjavík. And there is a huge aluminium factory next to Katanes that offers a lot of jobs. I went the longer way around Hvaljördur during the day. It's beautiful as Fridrik Thor already told me. But I can imagine that driving it every day can be annoying and dangerous: a lot of hard curves, some single lane bridges and some blindheads. These are hills where on both side you have a gradient in the road so you don't see if another car comes from the opposit direction. And once ago you were always driving in the middle of the road so you can imagine that these are spots suitable for accidents. I showed the road around Hvaljfördur and I have chosen Frame 110.654 from Hringurinn. Its at Botnsdatur the east end of Hvalfjördur. And even at this hour 11:30 p.m. you have still a lots of cars using the tunnel.

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| 2008-05-04 | Installation Grábrók - Frame 103.949

A small sharp black stone decided to stop my journey: a flat tire. I'm lucky that I have a spare tire with me. As the weather was good today - no rain and not a lot of wind I built up the screen in the lava fields of Grábók.

In the back you can see the volcano. The canvas is actually set up on the next generation of the Hringvegur. The lead of the road will be changed and the stone basement for the new road is already finished. It cuts a black line in the green field of lava. Behind the volcano you can find as well some changes. Right in the lava-field there is a university complex and a lot of new buildings.

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| 2008-05-03 | 3 generations of Hringvegur

The Ringroad from Akureyri to Reykjavík looked the same in 1985 as today. That means 2 lanes including the bridges and asphalt surface. But still there were some difficult parts 23 years ago: for example Öxnadalsheidi.

The displayed Hringurinn movie in my car started to show some hard turns, whereas my road was just straight. I stopped and checked the mountain-line in the horizon. It seems to be the same position as 1985, but Fridrik Thor was somewhere higher in the hill. I could find the old road. You can see it on the picture up in right corner.

I could go on a wide lane with some smooth changes of direction through the valley. The old road from 1985 isn't even a trail anymore. Water washed huge parts of it away.

With the river Nodurá the 2 Hringvegurs go through the valley that gets wider and wider. Sometimes you can even observe three generations of the road. The road always comes closer to the river and the road gets closer to become a line. In the picture you can see three roads passing a small river. The newest Hringvegur has a stable fundament of stones and often doesn't use bridges anymore than having small canals letting the water to pass.

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| 2008-05-02 | Installation Akureyri - Frame 80.789

Rain and wind made this installation on the dam really uncomfortable in the beginning. But after midnight it was getting calmer and the Akureyri looked beautiful in the light.

23 p. m. - it's getting later and later around 10 minutes per day. I want to install the screen on the dam where Route Number 1 comes into Akureyri. Fridrik Thor had to do 5 km more to cross Eyjafjördur. The road from 1985 goes behind the airport over 3 smaller bridges. One of the drivers that stops, tells me that this road still exists but only for walking. The airport was already there in 1985 - a little bit smaller. If the old road will survive the upgrading of the airport that is planned - he doesn't know.

A red cars slows down, passes the screen and then makes a u-turn just holding in front of the screen. There was enough place to put cars next to the lane. Two other cars come behind him - they don't seem to be interested - may be the first one - the last one wants to overtake - but the first one as well - no one uses the turn signal - I see the first crash coming. But it somehow dissolves. Well Icelandic driving habits - there is a lot to write about. The bigger car has priority!

A farmer stops and asks what I'm doing here. After telling him about the whole project, he recommends me to show the movie inside. Here, next to the road no one will stop. People want to come fast from A to B. Two teenagers are pulling over. They saw it from the city and sought someone would play Playstation. After they watched the old Road Number 1 they asked me the most frequent question: Why are you doing this? The next day I take a walk on the retired Route Number 1. I could see that it is still frequently used: by Icelandic Horses!

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| 2008-04-30 | Screening in Akureyri

The next installation is sceduled Friday, May 02 at Leiruvegur - so right on the dam when you come from Mývatn on Road Number 1. Starting at 22:30 and good visible after 23:00. Only if the weather forecast is true: light rain and wind speed 3 m/s! If wind is over 10 m/s I can't build up the screen.

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| 2008-04-29 | Installation Víkurskard - Frame 78.586

The sixth installation takes place in the whiteness of Víkurskard.

Icelandic weather drives me crazy. Its snowing all the time. And the wind is blowing small ice particles around. I try to go some meters, but I have to stop every 5 km to clean the lens. Clouds are hanging deep and I have a white dunked picture unable to compare anything to the Ringroad of 1985. So step by step I go from Myvatn to Akureyri. After 9 hours I arrive at the pass Víkurskard. Its just before you can see down to Eyjafördur. Everything is white up here and at 10 p.m. its still day light. I decide to build up the screen, even the chances are low that people will stop here. Everyone tries to go over the pass as fast as possible.

The wind speed is higher than the days before. I really need my 2 steel cables to tie the screen. 45 minutes later I wind the war against wind and the canvas is installed. I project 20 km of Fridrik Thors Hringurinn in each direction from this point. Packed with all my clothes I have I watch the old road. It's wonderful and I enjoy seeing it now. With all the problems with the snow, the camcorders I didnt see - in the meaning of observing - anything of the landscape today. The warm colours of autumn in the movie take away the coldness of the pass.

Then there is a car coming, quite fast - from the direction of Akureyri. It brakes hard, but he already passed the screen. On the horizon the car stops. The driver must watch the movie through his driving mirror. After 15 minutes I can hear a second car coming. But then it makes a big scratch - and some loops of the canvas are ripping. The canvas waves in the wind. Don't try to play against Icelandic Nature

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| 2008-04-29 | Vegagerdin

Vegagerdin is the "celandic Road Administration" Their main tasks are the maintenance of the existing roads, construction of new roads, bridges and tunnels and provide services for the road users.

I could have an interview with the director of Vegagerdin Jón Rönvaldsson. When I asked him what is so special about the Icelandic road system he said it's first the fast changes of weather situations and then the low vehicle rate per road compared to Europe. So they developed excellent information services for the customer. In the internet you could find all information the Vegagerdin stations document.

English Website of Vegagerdin

http://www.vegagerdin.is/english/road-conditions-and-weather/

So right now I'm at Mývatn. And here is the actual status of the roads. Biskupsháls is a station close to my sleeping place. Since midnight 14 cars passed. Well 3 of them was me, I did some pictures of the weather station. And the road condition is light blue: slippery. I can confirm that. I wouldn't want to drive there without 4 wheel drive or spikes. The wind speed was 14 m/s. I could feel it during taking pictures out there.

The next Station is Mývatnsheidi: road status slippery again but open. So let's go. Well if I can fix the camcorders on my roof!!!

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| 2008-04-27 | Egilsstadir to Mývatn

From Egilsstadir to Mývatn the Ringroad goes over some highland. The road follows the river Jökulsà á Brú. In 1985 the road was completely covered with gravel and only single way bridges. They changed the leading of the road and set up some bigger bridges.

On the highland I had problems with the orientation. I had just white surrounding me whereas Fridrik Thor has a complete brown and yellow picture. As he is filming against the sun its also difficult to see details of the landscape as well. So both Hringurinns are floating through plain-coloured scenaries.

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| 2008-04-27 | Installation Búrfellshraun - Frame 70.443

Close to Mýatn black lava rocks break up the white landscape. I decided to build up the screen on a kind of trail that once could be Route Number. Just next to the new road.

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| 2008-04-25 | Installation Egilsstadir - Frame 60.273

Route Number one just passes Egilsstadir in the south but where you could find 1985 a huge green field you can find lots of buildings today. So I did an installation right opposite of the parking lot of Bonus - a supermarket chain in Iceland.

The huge parking lot, the cheap gasoline from the gas station Orkan and the fact that it was Friday night and the kids have their party in the car and cruise like they do it in the US made the installation quite popular. After I talked to the first people, others were just informed by cell phone. I could talk to all kind of people. So I now everything about the streets around Egilsstadir, the aluminium factory in Reydarfjördur, the new powerplant Kárahnjúnkar, the foreign workers, the farming and the non existing party-culture in this area. Its way too much to write about here and now

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| 2008-04-25 | Screening in Egilsstadir

Starting at 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. the part of Road Number 1 around Egilsstadir is projected next to the road at the parking lot of Bonus. Only if it's not raining and wind speed is below 15 m/s ;)

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| 2008-04-24 | Installation Skriduvatn - Frame 56.829

After two days of rain the third installation takes place at Skriduvatn next to Route 1 between Breiddalsvik and Egilsstatir.

I was pretty sure that this installation no one will see. I spend the whole day on this part of Route 1. Icelandic weather was playing with me. I set up and removed my camcorders about 20 times. It was not really raining hard, but there was fog and a small dissolved raindrops. Enough to influence the image and harm the camcorders.

Over the whole day about 3 vehicles passed my way on Route 1. This part goes over the mountains - the pass is called Breidalsheidi and its still a gravel road. There is another road along the coast connecting Faskrusfjördur and Reydarjfördur that is not much longer due to a tunnel and in much better condition. But I decided to build up the screen - even just for me and to see how the road looks in autumn. Because all I could see was white. A huge cloud was hanging over the pass and next to the road there was still one meter of snow.

So I installed the screen next to a lake called Skriduvatn. It was still covered with a huge ice layer. In Hringurinn from 1985 it has a wonderful blue colour and the landscape surrounding it is painted in bright brown and green colours. The difference between the seasons is impressive and has much more impact than the surface of the road - meaning asphalt or gravel.

Three cars were passing this evening - 2 of them even stopped. Oli was the first one who had the courage to ask what the hell I'm doing here. But it turned out that he already knew me from taking pictures at Hvalnes. He works on the road construction there. He just returned from a party in Egilsstadir. Today was a national holiday: First day of summer. Well I could see nothing of that up there on Breiddalsheidi.

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| 2008-04-22 | Hvalnes

The section of Route Number 1 next to Hvalnes is really impressive. Its a huge stone gravel slope where the road passes about 100 meters over the sea

It still looks similar to 1985. Well except the colours. In Hringurinn the colours are warm brown tones - my slope was just black, may be some tones of grey in it. If I there wouldn't be these yellow sticks next to the road, I could find myself in a black and white movie.

I met some road workers up there. They were on the way to make to road wider. A huge excavator removed gravel on the road level, and the then gravel came down from the slope. I was a little bit afraid of taking pictures. As a driver you have to decide from what you are more afraid of. Close to the mountainside you have huge stones that once came down - so this could happen to you So you can drive closer to the seaside if you are not afraid of the 100 meters fall to the ocean.

Vegagerdin told me that they will make it an asphalt road this year. They will still have to clean the road from falling rocks and it stays a fragile part of the ring. Once ago, even before Hringurinn the road was going through the mountains. But this was even worse and often closed because of snow. One day they will build a tunnel on this section.

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| 2008-04-22 | The first tunnel

This is the first tunnel I met. It is replacing a pass that was difficult to cross in the winter.

Short after Höfn you are driving to a short tunnel. In 1985 Fridrik Thor had to go over the pass. The old street still exists and the also went over the pass. The gradient of the street is high. I could imagine that with snow and ice this street becomes impassable for many cars.

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| 2008-04-22 | Upcoming Screenings

There were some people asking me, where and when they could see some of the projections. The problem is that I cant predict the locations and I cant predict the weather.

This afternoon I will leave Höfn and may do an installation at the new tunnel close to Höfn. And thats the further plan: 04/22 Höfn, 4/25 Egilsstadir, 5/02 Akureyri, 5/08 Reykjavík - and between these dates Im somewhere on Route N1. In case you cross my way just ask about then next installation. The car is a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with a strange wood construction on the roof fixing two camcorders. Or just contact me on 841-8633!

In Austria we call that "Schnitzeljagd". Some kids put some white paper pieces marking their track. Other kids try to stay on their route and catch them. Well I'm following the route of Fridrik Thor from 1985 and you have to follow me!

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| 2008-04-21 | Höfn

I was a little bit surprised that Fridriksson went into the city Höfn - as its not part of the Route Number 1 - you have to take the same street out that you drive in.

It was a rainy day and I had to stop twice to get my camcorders in. Then I'm kind of trapped and I have to wait until weather gets better. The good thing about Iceland is that it changes quite fast. But sometimes it stops raining. I get my two camcorders on the roof of the car installed and wanted to start - it was raining again. The streets in bigger town like Höfn didn't change a lot. They were 1985 already in good shape. I couldn't see a lot of changes in the buildings - they are nearly the same buildings as 1985. Outside you can sometimes see some abandoned houses.

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| 2008-04-19 | Installation Gígjukvísl - Frame 25.806

The second screening was at Skeidarársandur - the largest expanse of glacial sand in Iceland. Actually right here the last part of the Ringroad was completed in 1974 by building 3 bridges over the rivers from the glacier.

The first bridge I passed looked exactly the same like in the original documentary. But the second one was different - there were 2 lanes and the barriers resembled to be newer. I continued my trip and passed the third bridge that could be still the old one. At the end of the sandur there was information from Vegagerdin describing the flood from 1996.

An eruption under the biggest glacier Vatnajökul lead to a huge flood. The water and icebergs were coming down the rivers destroyed the bridge crossing Gigjukvisl and most parts of the street.

On a barrier next to the bridge I installed my screen. And did I already mention, that my screen looked huge in my apartment, but it appears really small in the wide landscape of Iceland. Well, at Skeidararsandur - in this black abyss - it's like you are watching a movie on a LCD-Display of your Camcorder. But as bigger the screen gets, its much more difficult to install it in these windy conditions. At 9:15 the old bridge becomes visible on the screen and in two hours it's the only thing visible for many kilometres on the huge black sandur. Except when a car lighten a part of the street. This evening only 3 cars passed after nine oclock. And one even stopped, just really short - as you normally stop to let someone pass on a one lane bridge.

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| 2008-04-18 | Installation Markarfljót - Frame 10.257

The first installation of the documentary Hringurinn from Fridrik Thor Fridriksson next to the Ringroad.

The first installation I did between Hvolsvöllur and Skógar. After passing Hvolsvöllur I realised that in the movie of Fridriksson the mountains were different. It was pretty sure that just a moment before the movie and my realtime view were pretty good in sync. I passed a long bridge with two lanes and Fridriksson passed his bridge a little bit later, then turning 90 degrees to the right. I stopped and checked the map. There was an old street marked on the map. I followed it and I could find the old bridge that was closed now. I could walk over it and take a picture of it. So thats how one of old bridges from 1985 looks like - when its not maintained by Vegagerdin.

So I decided to build my screen next to the new bridge and project the old part of the street. I was lucky, there was a kind of parking area before the bridge and there was no wind this evening. So I could build up my screen. And as expected it looked really small in the endless landscape of Iceland. The screen was ready about 9 p.m. and there was still too much light to see anything of the projection. Starting with 9:30 p.m. you could see the old picture. Around 9:45 you could compare the old street to the new one and about 10 p.m it was dark. The new to lane bridge was hided in the dark and the old bridge became visible with all its beautiful colours of fall 1985.

I projected until 11 p.m. - well overall around 10 cars passed my way. I think most of them saw it well Im not sure about the truck drivers. They still went over the bridge with 100 km/h. At least 3 cars slowed down to less then 30 km/h well if you see that drivers normally pass a single lane bridge with more then 60 km/h - driving so slow is close to stopping!

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| 2008-04-17 | hringurinn II starts

A little later as planned I start hringurinn II - now I have 20 days to follow the Hringurinn from Fridrik Thor Fridriksson anno 1985.

The roundtrip starts at the same place like 1985 - close to the National Museum of Iceland. I had some problems to find the startplace because the routing of Hrinbraut and Miklabraut changed a little bit and some roundabouts were added. Fridrik Thor Fridriksson was so kind to help me finding the right start! I will follow Miklabraut and then enter Route Number 1 and follow in the direction of Vík - so I'm going counterclockwise around Iceland having the sea to the right hand and the mountains to the left.

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| 2008-04-06 | Trip Seydisfjördur - Reykjavik

This is actually not part of the project. I just had to come from Seydisfjördur to Reykjavik where I get the documentary from Fridrik Thor. It became a wonderful 3 day snow trip.

The trip began that we were stuck at the ferry in the port of Seydisfjördur. We arrived about 6 hours earlier because of the bad weather expected here. And its snowing all morning long. There is only one street over a pass to Egilsstadir, where you can continue your journey to Reykjavik. Right now they try to get it snow free and passable. As long it is not open, they won't let the cars from the ferry. Some people are checking the website from Vegagerdin - the official Icelandic Road Administration. The street is marked red saying "impassable" with the sign "opening of road". You also can see the temperature on the pass and the wind speed. Then you can see how many cars passed since midnight and since 10 minutes... well there was a 0 to find.

At 2 o'clock in the afternoon we could leave the ferry going through customs. They checked my car and advised to drive slowly over the pass that would be open now. I was wondering what would be the difference to bad weather in the Alps. And after the first km I could see the difference - I could see nothing than white. In the Alps you normally find some trees next to the streets. But here you are driving into the white abyss. Sometimes you see some black asphalt on the street or the orange sticks helping the driver of the snow plows to find the street. When I left the car to take some pictures I could feel the second difference - the strong wind. I personally only know it from skiing when you exist the ski-lifts on the top of the mountains at 2000 meter altitude you have these strong winds. But seldom on the streets.

I arrived save in Eglisstadir where I just got my Icelandic Síminn number. Here actually I first met my Ring Road or Road Number 1 where I will spend the next 4 weeks. I followed the road to the south to Breidalsvik. The road goes through the mountains. There is another street next to the sea but I wanted stay as much as possible on Road Number 1. After one hour I had to stop. Wind brought some snow to the street and no other car tracks were visible. So I waited half an hour if another car passed - but nothing. So I called 1777 - its also a service of Vegagerdin and told them where I actually was and where I intended to go. The women on the phone told me that the road is in bad conditions and they wont clean it today. She recommended me to go back to Eglisstardir and follow the road along the coast. So I had to turn and go all the way back to Eglisstardir - so around 180 km or 3 hours of extra-way. I could imagine how you could feel if a part in the south is impassable and you have to go the other way to Reykjavik because there is no second solution. That would be more then 1000 km of extra way.

I slept the first night somewhere next to the road in Beruffördur in the car. The next morning I was surprised what a wonderful spot I had chosen in the dark night. I continued to drive ringroad to Jökulsá, where I wanted to stay the second night. Specially the part of the ringroad between Hnaukar and Eystrahorn is quite impressive. Here the road is hanging on a cliffy gravel slope. The crazy truck driver behind me drove 80 km/h and I had problems to find the right spot to stop that he could overtake. There I took this picture.

Well he sure knows the streets and has to bring his chargo to Reykjavik. He might be quite annoyed by all these tourists driving like ducks. Let's see if I find some of them to talk during my project.

The landscape is wonderful. Sometimes you just see a kind of black and white picture. The black of the lava fields and the white snow lying on some parts of it. When the street is with asphalt it happens that the wind is moving snow over the surface. It seems that ghosts come along with you.

I arrived at Jökulsárlón in the afternoon. It was wonderful to see it so deserted. Here parts of ice of Vatnajökull fall into a small lake thats called Jökulsárlón which itself goes into the sea. Nowdays you can cross it over a bridge. I did a long walk around this area and ended up in huge snow storm. It took me some while to find back the road. I often was mislead by black stones looking like the back of my Jeep. Well everyone told me that weather may change in a second.

I spend the night next to the iceberg lake. In the evening only a hand full of cars passed the Ringroad. 2 snowploughs and 2 trucks from the Icelandic milk company MS passed. The next morning my car was covered with snow and the wind was gone. Next to me some seal were sitting on an ice floe.

I continued my trip to Reykjavík and I was really lucky that I could pass Skeidarársandur without wind! Yesterday the info sign from Vegagerdin showed windspeed of 27 m/s. After passing Vík you find more cars on the street and after Selfoss its over with peace and loneliness. The Ringroad becomes 2 lanes each side and in Reykjavík sometimes even 3 lanes.

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| álfur

fairy tale or reality? _have you ever seen elves or trolls? _can you tell some tales about elves? _do you believe in these ancient beings? _where should I go to see "Álfur" by myself? _do you want to become an elf yourself?

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| 2008-04-14 | elves2reykjavik

My first projections in Reykjavík. My friends are acting like elves mixed with some question about elves. I was hoping to get some answeres from the people in Reykjavík. Many of them still believe in these beings - but not many have seen them by themself.

In my alfur project I want to project some elfes in Iceland. As you sure know it's difficult to see elves, it's even more difficult to film them. As far as I have no elves footage I have to project my friends acting like elves. As I'm stuck in Reykjavik waiting to meet Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. I did a small elf-questions-cut: my fake elves friends with some questions about elves. I projected them once out of the driving car - and a second time I did a small tour with Siggi.

We also chose the main church of Iceland. It has a beautiful bright front and you can see it from all over the town. As we didn't have a permission we decided not to project longer than 30 minutes. We didn't want to misuse the church for the whole evening. We had a lot of spectators. Cars were parking in front of the church and a lot of pedestrians were passing by. After half an hour we stopped. There were still people coming wanting to watch the pictures. Friends called them with their cellphones - they should have a look. I could talk to them about elves and hidden people. And no surprise even some of the young folk still believed in these beings. But my detailed questions about elves they couldn't answer because themselves - they didn't see them.

Thanks to Dora, Mascha, Kira and Andreas telling me so much about elves, dwarfs and other sprites. People here are really interested in stories from other countries. Some didn't even know that you can find these beings as well in Germany. And a big thanks to all my elf-actors!

A short cut of the projections in better quality with audio from an Interview with Magnus H Skarphedinsson | PAL | MPEG2 | 350 MB | 6 min

elves2reykjavik.mpg

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| Contact

Philipp Bergmeister | Email | philipp@image2project.net | Síminn | + 354 841-8633 | Web | www.image2project.net

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