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New Art Exhibits in Remote West Fjords Village

Two art exhibitions opened this week in the old herring factory in Djúpavík, a former bustling fishing village in the remote Strandir region in the eastern West Fjords, now inhabited by few.


The herring factory turned art gallery.

However, Djúpavík attracts more visitors every year with its eerie landscape and cultural happenings. “It’s busy here already; we expect a great summer,” commented photographer Claus Sterneck, whose exhibitions “Pictures – and their sounds” and “200+ pictures” will be on display in the herring factory until August 31.

The former exhibition, which readers might know through audio slideshows posted on this website, includes some of the artist’s older work along with 14 new photographs and the sounds that were recorded while the picture was taken or immediately afterwards.

“My second exhibition ‘200+ pictures’ is different: You see about 200 pictures (in the size DIN A5); I chose these pictures randomly from my homepage. Each picture is available only one time and taken—of course—here in Iceland. By buying a picture you support the renovation work for the old herring factory in Djúpavík,” Sterneck wrote.

A third exhibition will be on display in the village this summer, in the dining room of Hotel Djúpavík. It features the handicrafts of local artist Pálína Jenný Thórólfsdóttir and her students.


She was born in 1921 and worked as a handicraft teacher at the local school from 1966 to 1985. The exhibition provides an overview of the work created in this period with more than 50 items on display.

From 1988 Thórólfsdóttir lived in Akureyri in the winter but returned to her childhood home in the summer. She now resides in the retirement home Hlíd in Akureyri.

Admission is free to all three exhibitions.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow about Strandir.

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