is an site-specific sound sculpture by German artist Lukas Kühne and is located on a mountainside above the town of Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland.
The work is built of concrete and consists of five interconnected domes of different sizes. The heights of the domes are between 2 and 4 meters and they cover an area of about 30 square meters. Each dome has its own resonance that corresponds to a tone in the Icelandic musical tradition of five-tone harmony, and works as a natural amplifier to that tone.
Tvísöngur was opened to the public on September 5, 2012, and everyone can access it. It is embedded in the mountainside above the town, in a quiet area with a breathtaking view of the fjord. It offers an acoustic sensation that can be explored and experimented with by the visitor. The site’s solitude and tranquility offers a perfect setting for singing or music playing, alone, in harmony, for ones own pleasure or for an audience.
Lukas Kühne’s artworks are dedicated to space and frequency. He lives in Berlin and Montevideo, Uruguay, where he heads the workshop “Form and Sound” at the Faculty of Arts of the State University. The sculpture “Tvísöngur” relates to a series of works by the artist dealing with musical forms, one of which is the sculpture “Cromatico” built in Tallinn, Estonia in 2011.
To enjoy and experience Tvísöngur guest need to walk a gravel road that starts across from Brimberg Fish Factory, for 15-20 minutes.
Within the reserve there are at least 90 archaeological sites which are thought to be evidence of continuous habitation of the land in this area since the settlement of Iceland over 1000 years ago. Many of the remains are now covered with vegetation and make the perfect place to rest for a while and contemplate the subsistence lifestyles of the people that lived from these lands.
Further information www.skalanes.com
Historic Seydisfjordur – a walk with the locals
Period: All year round
Seydisfjordur is regarded by many as one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns, not only due to its impressive environment, but also because nowhere in Iceland has a community of old wooden buildings been preserved as well as here. We present a nice and easy walk around the old town with a local guide. Included in the walk is a visit to the beautiful Blue Church, local arts- and handcraft markets, Skaftfell – cultural centre and the Technical Museum which houses the oldest mechanic shop and the first telegraph station in Iceland. A quaint museum which presents an overview of the invasion of modern time in Iceland.
Bookings at Hotel Aldan tel. +354 472 1277
A turning point in the history of Icelandic electrification.
Period: all year round upon request
Fjarðarselsvirkjun in Seyðisfjörður is Iceland’s oldest operational power plant, started on 18. October 1913. The plant marked a turning point in the history of Icelandic electrification.
• It was the first power plant in Iceland that generated alternating current
• It was the power station of the first municipal electric utility
• The first high voltage cable in Iceland was laid from this station
On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the power plant the Iceland State Electricity (Rarik) decided to open the plant to Icelandic and foreign visitors. For this purpose, a historical exhibition was staged in the station house. The first water turbine is still there with its accompanying equipment. For a visit please call tel. +354 472 1122 or contact the Information Centre tel. +354 472 1551. www.fjardarsel.is
Technical Museum of East Iceland
Period: All year round
Summer (June 1st - September 15th) mon – fri 11:00 -17:00
Winter (September 16th – May 31st) mon – fri 13:00 – 16:00
Or by agreement.
The Technical Museum of East Iceland was established in 1984. The museum´s main focus is on the influx of modern times around 1880 to 1950. Technical innovations in areas such as mechanics, electricity, communications, telephony, commerce and architecture are interlaced with changes in lifestyle and milieu. Exhibitions are animate and seek to recreate the atmosphere of the times they portray. The museum is also an open air recreation area, outstanding for taking walks and enjoying each others company. We support a family-friendly policy and work progressively on producing informative settings as well as constructive and worthwhile entertainment for guests of all ages. In addition the museum serves as a research center and teaching facility for all levels of education. Staff members also carry out independent research projects relating to the museum´s area of interest.
Technical Museum of East Iceland
Hafnargata 44, IS 710 Seyðisfjörður Iceland
Tel. + 354 472-1596
Skaftfell, Center for visual art
s. 472 1632
Skaftfell is dedicated to nurturing and exhibiting visual art, the main emphasis being on contemporary art. Skaftfell is a meeting point for artists and locals and serves as a center for visual art in all East-Iceland. Skaftfell was founded in the year 1998 by a group of art enthusiasts in the town of Seyðisfjörður in East-Iceland. The center is situated in a grand old house, built in 1907. On the first floor there is a big exhibition space with running exhibitions the whole year through. On the top floor there is a beautiful artists residency available for visual artists and scholars. On the ground floor there is a Bistro with a good library of book-art, art-books and related material, in addition to serving fabulous food and coffee the Bistro hosts the West-wall gallery, a space dedicated to showing the works of young, experimental artists.
In the past decade Skaftfell has hosted a large number of exhibitions by international, national and local artists. The main emphasis being on contemporary art. Skaftfell has an important role in the area as a center of information and education on art and art related subjects. Every year Skaftfell organizes and/or hosts various seminars with art students in collaboration with the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and other schools and institutions. Skaftfell is founded around the memory of the artist Dieter Roth who lived and worked in Seyðisfjörður for periods of time during the last decade of his life. In Skaftfell you can find many of his book works and prints on display.
The concert series are held in the beautiful blue church, July and August each year. For various classical, jazz and folk music artists these concert series are well known .
Ticets are sold at the door.
Time: Wednesdays at 20:30
Go to www.blaakirkjan.is to see the program.
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LungA Art festival is a yearly event held in Seydisfjordur. In the middle of July people gather in this small town of only 700 inhabitants, to enjoy the space that gets created by electric vibes from various art forms melting together when young people from all over the world unite at one place through their creativity. LungA is first and foremost a festival with the purpose of summoning people in creation and to strengthen awareness and knowledge about art and culture. LungA is a terrific venue for those who are thinking of further art studying or teaching at art schools.
Is an ancient farm site, where excavations in 1998 unearthed remains of a stave church from the early days of Christianity in Iceland (after 1000 AD)
- Part of the project FISHERIES in the coastal village in the North Atlantic –
Sagnabrunnur, in cooperation with Thorunn Eymundardóttur artist, Bjarki Borgþórsson archaeologist and Borgarmynd has finished making of this interactive map. It can be found on the website www.sagnabrunnur.is
The map data are balloons and zoom is required to view the card and balloons at higher resolution.
The card is designed for locals, students and tourists for information about coastal culture and connection to neighboring countries. This is a dynamic and diverse website where you can find some information about the settlement and life in Seyðisfjörður focusing on a strong relationship with the sea and beach. Which also contains, in addition to the written text, sound recordings through the stories of individual events, the number of photographs and movies to name a few.
Making the map was funded by grants from the AVS- Research fund in fisheries, Menningarráð Austurlands and Brimberg.
Atlas Seydisfjordur is in Icelandic, the aim is to find grants to finance the translation from Icelandic to English before the end of the year.
Sagnabrunnur is also working on the financing of interactive maps of the same vein with cooperating partners in Norway and Labrador, Canada.
Rannveig Þórhallsdóttir, Director Sagnabrunnur