Certainly, it was heartening, just like the resilient people of Grindavík, that the first thing that caught my eye in the deserted town was a sculpture named “Hope”, created by the sculptor Ragnar Kjartansson. The statue was unveiled in 1980 in the best location in the town. However, presently, the town seems abandoned. Something is stirring beneath Grindavík and all around from Blue Lagoon, Svartsengi, just north of the town, and from Þorbjörn that goes out into the sea. Icelandic Times/Land & Saga went to provide readers with a firsthand view of these disasters; no one knows when or how they will end. Despite the situation, there is still hope, a work of art erected more than half a century ago, and Grindavík will indeed survive this disaster.
Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson
Grindavík 05/12/2023 – A7C, RX1R II, A7R IV : FE 1.8/20mm G, FE 1.4/85mm GM, 2.0/35mm Z