I visited Iceland in June, as part of the Iceland 2013
IVRPA conference, and had a couple of days to myself afterwards to explore. Based on personal recommendations I decided to visit the West Fjords, in north-west Iceland… sparsely populated, wild and beautiful.
Whilst researching my trip I came across the website for Hnjótur
- in Örlygshöfn, almost as far west as one can go - and knew I had to add it to my itinerary.
Historian, pilot and craftsman Kristinn Thor Egilsson established the museum at Hnjótur to celebrate the local, maritime and aviation heritage of his family and the region. It houses an eclectic and fascinating range of planes, vehicles and boats, and is situated in a dramatic landscape by the fjords, close to beaches and sea cliffs… a photographer's dream.
The aircraft in this view is an ex-Aeroflot Antonov AN-2, a venerable Russian workhorse; and you can just view an ex-US Navy C-117D outside. Various other assorted machines, vehicles and components are liberally distributed around the site.
Hnjótur's isolation makes it a relatively unvisited gem on Iceland's tourist trail, part-way between Latrabjarg cliffs and Rauðasandur… but the journey there is as rewarding as the destination.