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.

Houses cracked in the earthquakes the other day.

The retirement home fell apart.

Everything is closed, but the occasional company has started operations, and here, someone is collecting boxes to transport fresh fish by air.

Start of a new neighbourhood in Grindavík.

Grindavík, The Hope and the Mountain Þorbjörn in the background.

Everything is closed, and no one is on the move, as residents are not expected to move back this year.

The shortest route between Reykjavík and Grindavík today goes through Kleifarvatn; the road today is slippery.

Streets and fences cracked.

The street by the church in Grindavík was torn apart.

It was beautiful today despite everything being up in the air.

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