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.
At the bottom of Seydisfjordur, 40 meters below sea level, sits a wreck of an oil tanker named El Grillo. The tanker was bombed out in the Second World War by a German fighter plane. The wreck attracts many divers to Seydisfjordur. If you’re interested in diving we recommend that you contact www.dive.is to book a tour to Seydisfjordur. You need permission to dive down to El Grillo, for permission contact the municipality office, tel. +354 470 2300.
Mt. Bjólfur is an ideal spot for paragliding. The 4×4 road is open from June until it starts to snow in the winter again. It takes only 10 minutes to get up to about 700 mtr hight from the centre of town. Mt Bjólfur is 1085 mtr high. Information about the road condition can be found at the tourism and culture bureou, tel. 470 2308 gsm. 861 7789. E-mail email@example.com.
http://vimeo.com/5966678 Here is a youtube video from the paragliding pilot; Roberg Bragason who say that Mt. Bjolfur is a gem, so see for yourself.
Austdalur – Brekka 6-7 hrs, 12 km
This historical trail leads from the Austdalsa parking place, up past the abandoned farm Austdalur, first following a vehicle track up the valley, then for the most part a power line up onto the rim (781m) There is a visitors’ book at the uppermost electric pole. It is very important to follow the trail posts down into the Brekkugja opening, as well as to take care crossing the snow banks above it, before continuing down Brekkudalur valley to the Brekka settlement.
A hiking map can be bought at the Information Center at the ferry terminal. Tel +354 472 1551
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Austdalur – Skálanes 1,5 hrs, 4,5 km.
An enjoyable, easy lowland hike from the parking place by Austdalsá river to skálanes where tourists are offered service during summer. Walking farther brings one to the natural tresures of Skálanesbjarg bird cliffs. The area’s teeming bird life includes nesting eiders, so please show consideration and stay on marked paths. A 4WD track continues from the Austdalur parking place to Skálanes.
Skálanes – Dalatangi (Skollaskarð) 3-4 hrs, 8,5 km
The way from Skálanes up along the edge of the cliffs to Skollaskarð pass is steep, as well as the first strech down into Afréttadalur valley. When going through Dalaafrétt and Hallandinn to Dalatangi, it is easy to become lost if there is a fog.
A map from the area is available at the Information Centre tel. +354 472 1551
Vestdalur & Vestdalseyri.
On your own, a map can be bought at the Information Centre at the ferry terminal.
Vestdalur & Vesdalseyri Nature Reserve, Vestdalur lake and the Mountain’s lady’s cave are among interesting sights at this site. The Vestdalseyri is a remarkable spot aswell, there you’ll find ruins of a former Vestdalseyri town. Last inhabitant moved from there around 1960. Now a walking route which once served mail and trade between Seyðisfjörður and other towns in East Iceland lies up to Vestdalur from Vestdalseyri. In 1880 – 1910 this was one of East Iceland’s most frequently used trails and still presents a number of pretty, piled-rock constructions, including cairns. A hike up Vestdalur nature reserve is one of the most popular trails in Seyðisfjörður. It can start at Vestdalseyri or at the trails starting point at “Háu bakkar” . After a several tiers of glorious waterfalls, you’ll arrive at a small lake, Vestdalsvatn, which remains frozen most of the year. There you’ll see Bjólfur to your left. To the right you’ll find the tiny cave where the remains of the “Mountain Lady” where found in 2004. Around the “Mountain Lady” cave a group of workers found some bones of a 30 years old lady, more than 400 pearls and some Viking age pins which have been identified as remains from the year 940.
Dvergasteinn (Dwarf Rock)
May be seen down on the shore; according to folklore, the rock moved across the fjord of its own volition, and indeed it is quite different from all the rock around it. According to the famous folklore the rock is a dwarf church and it followed the peoples church across the fjord.
Mt. Bjólfur and the Snow Avalanche Barriers.
The road is open from June – September
A drive on a summer road onto the uppermost mountain slopes (Over 600 m high), offering a breath taking view of the Fjord and the Snow Avalanche Barriers. The road is open from June until it starts to snow again in October/November. It’s possible to use normal cars and busses to go there. A great opportunity for those who cannot go mountain hiking. This spot is fantastic for paragliders. One way drive about 15-20 minutes from the Fjarðarheiði heath road up to the Snow Avananche barriers.
By climbing seven of the peaks surrounding the fjord of Seyðisfjörður, one can become a „Seyðisfjörður Mountain Viking“. Mostly exceeding 1.000 m, these mountains are; Sandhólatindur, Bjólfur, Nóntindur, Hádegistindur, Strandartindur, Snjófjall and Bægsli. There are visitors‘ books and ink stamps on each peak. The cards for summit stamps and further details are available at the information centre in the ferry terminal, tel. +354 472 1551 A list of Mountain Vikings is published at www.seydisfjordur.is
A 10 km drive from center of town to Selsstaðir farm
A walk on an old 4 wd track of 5,5 km is taken from there.
Brimnes on the north shore of Seyðisfjörður was for centuries one of the major fishing estates in the east of Iceland. Traces of many old buildings remain. A lighthouse stands at Brimnes. A walk out to
Brimnes in fine weather is an unforgettable experience.
The Mountain’s lady lane. Vestdalseyri / Vestdalur valley. Duration: 3,5 hours / 6 km. Period: June – September
A walk to the Vestdalur Nature Reserve, to the Vestdalur lake and the Mountain’s lady’s cave. The route once served mail and trade between Seyðisfjörður and other towns in East Iceland. In 1880 – 1910 this was one of East Iceland’s most frequently used trails and still presents a number of pretty, piled-rock constructions, including cairns. After a several tiers of glorious waterfalls, you’ll arrive at a small lake, Vestdalsvatn, which remains frozen most of the year. There you’ll see Bjólfur to your left. To the right you’ll find the tiny cave where the remains of the “Mountain Lady” where found in 2004. Around the “Mountain Lady” cave a group of workers found some bones of a 30 years old lady, more than 400 pearls and some Viking age pins which have been identified as remains from the year 940.
Waterfall‘s lane, Seydisfjordur
Fjarðará River & Fjarðarsel Museum
A hike with a local guide or by oneself.
Duration: 2,5 and 4 hours / 6 – 10 km.
Period: June – September
An easy and pleasant route from the centre of Seydisfjordur town, going partly on a gravel and grassy walkway, through a forestry area and in to Fjardarsel where one will find beautiful waterfalls and a variety of Icelandic vegetation. A visit to the oldest operational power plant in Iceland; “Fjardarsel” (1913) can be included, the plant which marked a turning point in the history of Icelandic electrification. For demanding waterfall lovers a little further walk alongside the south side of Fjardara river up to Nedri Stafur rock stratum, (reaching over 300 meters in altitude) is a must. Of the river’s 25 waterfalls, most of the prettiest ones are seen along the way. At Nedri Stafur rock stratum is an excellent point for photography, with a view over Seydisfjordur fjord and town. Lot of crow- and blue berries can be found there late August. The scenic mountains, waterfalls, vegetation, and the history of the town is a wonderful blend that makes this walk unforgettable.