The road to Grindavík

We are very wary of the delicate, slow-growing flora in Iceland and have been warned many times not to touch the luscious moss. Apparently it takes a thousand years to grow. We are staying well clear of the moss and focusing on the withered leftovers of the summer gone by and the exotic lava rocks.

On the first location scouting trip this morning we bumped into this cheerful crowd at the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach © Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth

On the first location scouting trip this morning we bumped into this cheerful crowd at the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach © Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth

On the first location scouting trip this morning we bumped into this cheerful crowd at the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach © Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth

On the first location scouting trip this morning we bumped into this cheerful crowd at the Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach © Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth

Do not touch the moss © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Do not touch the moss © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Do not touch the moss © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Do not touch the moss © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We had conversations with the reddest, lightest, sharpest rocks today Do not touch the moss © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We had conversations with the reddest, lightest, sharpest rocks today © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We had conversations with the reddest, lightest, sharpest rocks today Do not touch the moss © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We had conversations with the reddest, lightest, sharpest rocks today © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Riitta was slightly worried there wouldn't be much to scavenge and build costumes out of, but luckily the worry was unfounded We had conversations with the reddest, lightest, sharpest rocks today Do not touch the moss © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Riitta was slightly worried there wouldn’t be much to scavenge and build costumes out of, but luckily the worry was unfounded © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Catch of the day © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Catch of the day © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

The red wall © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

The red wall © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We wondered what's buried here underneath the frozen grass © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We wondered what’s buried here underneath the frozen grass © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We collected only three of these delicate tufts, these guys are clinging on to the ground for dear life © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We collected only three of these delicate tufts, these guys are clinging on to the ground for dear life © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We collected only three of these delicate tufts, these guys are clinging on to the ground for dear life © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We collected only three of these delicate tufts, these guys are clinging on to the ground for dear life © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Harvesting for tomorrow's shoot © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Harvesting for tomorrow’s shoot © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Crispy shrubs with a bend © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Crispy shrubs with a bend © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Bends nicely into the backseat next to yesterday's catch © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Bends nicely into the backseat next to yesterday’s catch © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Eyes as Big as Plates is running on half speed, as a nasty flu is bugging Riitta. We trooper on with a remedy recommended by the locals, Opal © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Eyes as Big as Plates is running on half speed, as a nasty flu is bugging Riitta. We trooper on with a remedy recommended by the locals, Opal © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We met Berent while shopping for chicken wire at the hardware store © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

We met Berent while shopping for chicken wire at the hardware store © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Berent is a pípulagningameistari (master pipe fitter), has been for 49 years © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Berent is a pípulagningameistari (master pipe fitter), has been for 49 years © Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen

Berent and his seaweed pipes © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Berent and his seaweed pipes © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

post shoot ocean pipes © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

post shoot ocean pipes © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Arctic sunset © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Arctic sunset © Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

2 comments

  1. Tomas

    Amazing landscapes…bet they’ve inspired some classic creations. Look forward to seeing the final images.

    • karolinehjorth

      Thank you! Iceland is definitely the place to be, you would love it! ( and loads of funny little metal houses)
      Riitta x

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