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Behind the scenes of artists-in-residence Martha Jurksaitis and Christian Hardy's research trip to Iceland.
Packing for the trip to Iceland
Packing for the trip to Iceland

Heading to Þingvellir National Park with all our film gear where ‘Althingi’, the Icelandic Parliament, was founded in 930AD. On the tenth ‘Thor’s Day’ (Thursday!) of summer each year between 930AD and 1262AD, Icelandic Chieftains and their families would gather here for two weeks for the General Assembly of all Iceland, to resolve disputes, make important decisions, and obviously to party too! It’s a World Heritage site and is mentioned in many of the Icelandic Sagas.

A tour of Iceland in Helicopter
Preparing for the tour of Iceland in a helicopter

Helo, the Helicopter Service of Iceland, very generously provided us with a three-hour helicopter tour of Iceland for our shoot, including the largest glacier on the island ‘Vatnajökull’ and the bubbling mud pools of Hveragerði. Here we are preparing for the flight.

Gunnar Víking Olafsson
Meeting Gunnar Víking Olafsson

Iceland gained its independence from Denmark in 1944, and to celebrate this fact Reykjavík hosts all manner of street entertainment, and that’s how we met Gunnar Víking Olafsson, founder of the Norse Riders motorcycle club and a bona fide Viking descendent whose grandfather was Iceland’s strongest man for 30 years!

The park rangers who advised us on locations for our shoot
The park rangers who advised us on locations for our shoot

At Þingvellir we spotted a gorgeous waterfall which was a setting for an episode of Game of Thrones. We met two nice park rangers who advised us on locations for our shoot, here they are proudly holding a map of their domain!

The amazing Götuleikhúsið street theatre troupe
The amazing Götuleikhúsið street theatre troupe

On location with the amazing Götuleikhúsið street theatre troupe, an absolutely incredible day and some wonderful footage.

Eldhestar provided two white horses for our film and photography shoot
Eldhestar provided two beautiful white horses for our film and photography shoot

Huge thanks to Eldhestar for providing two white horses for our film and photography shoot! One was called Steinn—Icelandic for ‘Stone’. What beautiful creatures.

 

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