ICELAND, Árneshreppur - December 2000
Signage describing sites of environmental and cultural interest
The Reykjavik-based nongovernmental environmental organization Landvernd is working with the small community of Árneshreppur in remote Northwest Iceland to protect the area's rich and diverse cultural, historic and natural resources. Despite Iceland's drastic social changes, the 70 remaining inhabitants of this community are determined to stay. As tourism increases in Iceland, this area will become much sought-after because of its unique, unspoiled environment and richness in placenames, historic sites and mythic stories. Seacology awarded Landvernd a challenge grant for the purposes of constructing signs to point out important cultural and natural sites. These signs will not only enhance tourism, but will also serve as moral support for this settlement determined to remain intact in the face of disappearing rural culture in Iceland.*
UPDATE November 2003 - Five more signs were constructed and erected over the summer, and two more are in progress. The project should be completed in 2004.
UPDATE July 2004 - Due to the short working season in this extremely remote location, the construction of the last two signs was delayed until this past spring. All signs are now completed and installed.