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Matt Willen Matt Willen | Monday 25. May 2009


Went over to Suðureyri today to visit the Islandssaga fish processing plant. I´m working on the profile now, and will get that up under the work section  tomorrow or Wednesday. After touring the plant and talking with the owner, I walked around Suðureyri for a while to take some photographs and get some information about the town. We´ll have a profile of the town, as well as other later as we do more work in that direction. I was using Gústí´s new camera; it is so nice, you can hardly take a bad photo with it, though I manage to succeed at that. We´ll start off today with a photograph of Saga Lif, Gústí and Hrefna´s little girl.

Suðureryi is a small village to the south and west of Ísafjörður. You drive through the tunnel heading out of town and take the righthand fork after a few miles. The tunnel drops you out that the head of Súgandafjörður, and you follow the road for another 10 km or so to Suðureyri. About three hundred people live in Suðureyri, about a quarter of whom work for Islandssaga, and another thirty or so for the fish drying plant beyond the village.
It is a small village with a post office, gas station, camping area, swimming pool, day care and primary school, health clinic, and a hotel. As you enter the village, there is a small harbor on the right, and most of the boats are Bobby boats, that is boats that are used for sport fishing trips with European visitors, primarily Germans. They buy week long package tours that include airfare, lodging, food, and fishing trips. Islandssaga takes their catch, prepares it, and freezes it, and each person takes home a 20 kilo box of frozen fish; the weight limit for baggage on most international flights.

Many of the residents of the village (approximately 120) are immigrants from Poland and Thailand primarily. They come to Suðureyri to work for Islandssaga. At one time in history, Icelandic women worked in the processing plants while the men went out to sea fishing. In a sense that is still the case in that the plant is staffed primarily by women (at least on the processing line). Many of the men who work there drive the machinery or work the freezer and the like.

From above the town you can see the small peninsula or eyri from which the town gets its name. It is a scenic spot, and is the northnwestern most of the fishing villages in the ísafjörðurbaer Municipality. Probably some information on the municipalities in the westfjords would be worth some discussion in the future as their boundaries can be somewhat enigmatic.  OK, so more on Islandssaga tomorrow morning after I have had a chance to process photographs and pull together my notes.

Heading back to the states in just a few more days, where I´ll keep pulling stuff together before making a trip back for a week, probably in July, and then a long one come September and October.



Įgśst G. Atlason, Monday 25 May | 21:34

Wow, those photos from this trip amaze me, especially the one of the boats and the church reflection. I would have like to been with you today, but no avail hehe...
Thanks for the nice photo of Saga Lķf, we should have got one of you in the store with the flower on your ear hahaha!


pam brightman, Thursday 28 May | 13:12

Matt. The little girl offering some "Spring" is precious and so were the pictures of the baby lambs. I'm with Jackson and Ian, pleeeease can you bring one back?


Matt, Friday 29 May | 21:20

Thanks Pam, that's my partner's little girl. As for the lambs, they got confiscated coming through customs. So it looks like chops. :-) Matt

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