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Martin Sammtleben

Seltangar – Abandoned Fishing Station

Krýsuvík, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

June 24, 2010, 20:24:33

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The barren south coast of Reykjanes Peninsula is characterised by vast stretches of lava formations, mountains and steep cliffs. However there are some spots that provide easier access to the sea making them suitable for fishing.

Seltangar is one of them. It's an ancient fishing station, used from the Middle Ages until 1884. From here locals rowed out to sea in open boats to fish. They also built extensive facilities such as huts and sheds where they stored stockfish.

They took advantage of what the location had to offer: natural lava cavities were used as storage space and the lava rocks proved to be ideal building material for shelters, some of which still stand to this very day.

On a side note, Seltangar was notorious for being haunted by an especially malevolent ghost called Tanga Tómas during the 19th Century.

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Atlantic Ocean / Iceland

Lat: 63° 50' 2.73" N
Long: 22° 14' 4.28" W

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