Week One

Árbakkinn (ft. Einar Georg)

Hvammstangi / 582 / 65.396824, -20.939375

Coloured fishing vessels are often moored in the tiny harbour of Hvammstangi, a town that sits in the eastern shore of the Miðfjörður. The name is derived from ‘hvammur’, which means a green space in a mountain and is now home to Einar, a poet and teacher in Icelandic and literature. He moved to this remote town two years ago to retire and continues to write poetry.

Collaborator / Einar Georg Einarsson

Poet & Retired Teacher

Is there a special place in your town where you go to write?

When I’m writing I like to go up to the hillside above the old town. There is an old church and a beautiful little stream that flows so peacefully. Writing for me is an escape from everyday worries. I like to think of it as venturing into a fairytale, you take off and head for the space of creativity and you feel renewed. It is a good way to live.


Piano: Ólafur Arnalds, Reading: Einar Georg Einarsson, Violin: Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason, Violin: Ása Guðjónsdóttir, Viola: Karl Pestka, Cello: Hallgrímur Jónas Jensson


Director: Baldvin Z, Director of photography: Jóhann Máni Jóhannsson, AC Focuspuller: Snorri Fairweather, Sound recorder: Benedikt Árnason, Lighting: Viktor Davíð Jóhannsson, Sound engeineer: Arnþór Örlygsson, Recording Assistant: Þórarinn Guðnason, Production Coordinator: Sólveig Ásta Sigurðardóttir, Transcriber: Snorri Hallgrímsson


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