Seyðisfjörður Revisited.

Because we were passing near Seyðisfjörður on the "1" heading north on a Thursday we decided to call in to see the Norröna discharge its new tranche of vehicles. Then we decided to sample some of the culture and food the town has to offer.

In Seyðisfjörður the choice of eating places is between the Standard-Icelandic-Garage-Hot-Dog or one of several rather fine arty restaurants. It is left as an exercise for the reader to determine which menu is which.

The service at the Bistro Skaftfell is so slow it is best to eat first, but the atmosphere, art books, exhibition space and fellow diners make the wait worthwhile (at least we thought so, however one other potential diner gave up and walked out whilst we were there).

If you think it looks like mud, then you are right. Some of the mud came from Tokyo, some from London but I preferred the mud from Hamburg myself.

This sculpture was commissioned by Iceland Telecom to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the telegraph cable between Scotland and Iceland. The laying of this submarine cable in 1906 marks the beginning of Iceland International telecommunications.
Artist: Guðjón Ketilsson.
The sculpture's telephone number is 566 1906.

You will have to dial +354 566 1906 from outside Iceland - there is no visible phone inside the sculpture and the door does not open.

Stephen Stewart.

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