Master´s project/thesis grant in alternative energy utilization in the Westfjords.

Atvest (The Westfjords Business Development Agency) is interested in investigating in a formal manner the opportunities which might exist for alternative energy utilization in the Westfjords. Atvest and its special developing project VaxVest, is willing to sponsor a Master Student (ISK 200.000)- to conduct a study on the pros and cons of utilizing ocean currents as a means of creating energy.




The discussion on alternative sources of energy is growing around the world. Conditions in the Westfjords are characterized by large fjords, which in many cases have been semi-closed or crossed by roads and bridges. Such constrictions (Þveranir) create a high current through the crossing, a current which, by many, is considered to be an obvious source of energy.


Requirements and application:

  • Students must send a formal application with student's CV and a letter stating your interests and reasons for applying for this project (1-2 pages). Please send your application to and
  • The due date for applications is 02.03. 2009
  • The project is thought as 30 ECTS and students must work on it during 2009. Final report/thesis is expect to be finished by 01.01.2010.
  • The grant doesn't exclude other scholarships and grants that the student might get.


Research on the puffin population in the Westman Islands

Thursday, 29.01.09, 12:15-12:45 Hálfdan Helgi Helgason, master's student at the University of Iceland, will give a lecture on behalf of South Iceland's Nature Institute, with the title Lundarannsóknir í Vestmannaeyjum. The Lecture will be in Icelandic.

The Lecture will be transmitted by tele-conference and accessible at the Unviersity Centre, the research centre in Bolungarvík as well as in the Centre in Patreksfjörður. Further information (in Icelandic) in the announcement by the Nature Institute

The ICEF Humour Research Symposium

Held in Strandir, Iceland November 14th - 15th 2008

The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore, in association with the University of Iceland, will host a symposium on approaches to humour within the fields of folklore, anthropology and related disciplines, at Hólmavík in the Strandir area of Iceland November 14th - 15th. The symposium aims to introduce, extend and elaborate on innovative approaches to humour as well as offering an insight into current Icelandic and international research. Papers will focus on various aspects of humour such as oral tradition, centre and periphery, the uses of satire and caricature, curating, mediazation and the practice of humour in transnational relations.

The symposium includes reception's at ICEF's exhibitions and will conclude with a banquet and an evening of humour.

Participants include:

Elliott Oring, California State University

Kristinn Schram, Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore

Kristín Einarsdóttir, University of Iceland

Kolbeinn Proppé, Fréttablaðið

Jón Jónsson, Storyworks/Sögusmiðjan

Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson, District Cultural Centre in Húsavík

Additional papers are very welcome. Please send a short abstract to . Papers to be 20 minutes in length (with an additional 10 minutes for questions). For more information, accommodation or suggestions for ‘alternate' sessions (displays etc) please contact

Employee wanted

The University Centre of the Westfjords is looking for a part-time employee for janitorial services at the University Centre.
For further information contact Sigurður Arnfjörð, telephone 450-3043 or

Applications should be sent as an attachment to or via mail to the University Centre of the Westfjords, Sudurgata 12 400 Ísafjörður.

The application deadline is October 31.

Routes to Landscapes

International workshop hosted by the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore (ICEF), Hólmavík, October 10 - 11, 2008

Organised by the Department of Geography and Tourism, University of Iceland the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre and the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore

Funded by The Nordic Landscape Research Network




The workshop's focus is on the ways in which people move in landscapes and the routes they follow in spatial as well as temporal way. Simultaneously, the workshop considers how landscapes change their forms and/or meanings as people move through them as well as considering landscapes as moving forces that can influence people's mobility and directions. Routes and directions, when considered from a spatial/temporal position, not only lead people to and from landscapes but also connect landscapes (or disconnect) and, moreover, make, construct and, even, transform landscapes. The directions, connections and makings and how they entwine will be at the forefront of this workshop. How these come together is linked through different types of mobilities, and, how people connect with and to the landscapes through their movements as well as through how landscapes move. In this context the seminar will also address the different technologies which provide the ways in which people can direct themselves into, through and out of landscapes since they are key elements in shaping the connections and constructing them.


Photography exhibition

An exhibition of photographs by the Danish photographer Brian Berg will be held in the ICEF centre. The exhibition Landscape in Motion is put together in cooperation with ICEF for the Routes to landscape workshop. It focuses on what the photographer calls the infrastructure of nature and nature of infrastructure and offers visually restricted views of the boundaries between civilisation and the wild.

Programme and speakers


Friday, October 10

14.00 - 14.30 Katrín Anna Lund, University of Iceland: Routes to landscape - an opening address.
14.30 - 15.00 Tim Edensor, Manchester Metropolitan University:
Moving through everyday landscapes: the pleasures of commuting through predictable space.
15.00 - 15.30 Mattias Qviström, Swedish University of Agricultural
Science: Tunnel vision: Exploring the heterogeneous heritage of railways and mechanical mobility in green-structure planning.
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 16.30 Arnar Árnason, University of Aberdeen: Speed is it.
16.30 - 17.00 David Crouch, University of Derby: Flirting with
landscape: Journeys and creativity.


Saturday, October 11

9.00 - 9.30 John Wylie, University of Exeter: Absence and
estrangement: Landscape and the limits of phenomenology.
9.30 - 10.00 Edward H. Huijbens, Icelandic Tourism Research Centre:
Emergent landscapes of power.
10.00 - 10.30 Patrick Olsson, The Regional Museum, Kristianstad: TBA.
10.30 - 11.00 Anna Jakobsson, Swedish University of Agricultural
Science: Ruled by motion & medicine, routine and ritual - the landscape of Ronneby Spa.
11.30 - 12.00 Kenneth R. Olwig, Swedish University of Agricultural
Science: "Biodiversity," "Biophilia" and the Roots/Routes of Landscape 12.00 - 12.20 Discussant TBA 12.20 - 13.00 General discussion

The workshop will be held at Pakkhúsið, Café Riis and is open to all interested

Seminar on coastal planning in Norway

The Association of Local Authorities in the Westfjords will host a conference on coastal planning in the University Centre of the Westfjords on the 23rd of June at 10:30. The conference is open to everyone but especially directed to local authorities, companies and institutions that have to do with research and teaching in the field of coastal planning.

Key speaker on the conference is Mr. Gunnar Davíðsson, fisheries scientist and divisional manager at the Troms County Council in Tromsö, Norway. In his talk, Mr. Davidsson will discuss the development of coastal planning in Norway in recent years and forthcoming changes in the field. His talk will also cover key factors that Norwegian governments have looked to regarding coastal planning.

The conference is held in occasion of a proposition put forth by the Association of Local Authorities in the Westfjords regarding coastal planning. The proposition is based on a report made by a workgroup on regional planning, appointed by the Association. In the process of making this regional planning the Association has decided to take into account the planning of coastal areas, i.e. areas outside jurisdiction of the municipalises.

This would be a trial project in Iceland since there are no legal clauses on the proceedings of such planning in Iceland, while such clauses are well known in other countries, such as Norway. As the experience of other nations shows the utilisation of these areas will only grow in the coming years. The growing utilisation is evident for example in regards of aquaculture, tourism, energy production, conventional fisheries and the growing emphasis on the preservation of nature and local culture. In the long run the local authorities have great interests vested in regards of these matters. It is essential for the population as well as the economy that the planning of coastal arias will be carried out within an effective system such as is the case on land.

For further information and registration contact the office of the Local Authorities in the Westfjords:
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