Kvíar: Skiing the Forgotten Fjords of Iceland’s Northwest Peninsula

iceland-kviarAn island nation in the North Atlantic, Iceland is in the midst of a transition from its fishing and agrarian roots. Its rocky, sparsely vegetated landscapes are scattered with wind-battered homesteads once inhabited by hardy sheep farmers whose Viking ancestors settled the land 1,000 years ago. In the country’s isolated northwestern reaches, a group of skiers travel to a restored farmhouse in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve to explore places left behind by communities that were intimately connected with their natural environment.

 

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