I traveled with the daughter of my host, Maja, and her husband Arnar to the tiny fishing village Hjalteyri. It has 43 inhabitants and most of the homes are marvelously preserved from the late 1800's. The factory there, founded in 1937, used to be the largest herring meal and oil processing factory in the world (fascinating, I know) it is now closed and is an artist studio and a diving center. I had researched the water currents of the Eyjafjörður fjord and wanted to come here to collect sea water (on the West side of the fjord, away from Akureyri, the water here is the purest ocean water and the least diluted by glacier runoff and affected by pollution that I could feasibly get to on a quick afternoon trip). Why was I collecting sea water? To boil it all down and make sea salt! An interesting souvenir to bring home!
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