Iceland review - 2002, Blaðsíða 78

Iceland review - 2002, Blaðsíða 78
76 ICELAND REVIEW TRAVEL UPDATE FROM HORSEWHIPPING TO HORN HONKING A new addition to the Skógar Folk Museum, situated under the Eyjafjöll mountains in the southwest of Iceland, opened in July. The new building is the home of a museum dedicated to the transformation of transportation, from horse riding to engine- driven vehicles. The museum owns a collection of interesting vehicles from most time periods: fire engines, jeeps, automobiles, buses and all kinds of machines. There you will find a truck, which, like most others, was sent to Iceland as four wheels and a frame, without a compartment for the driver and passengers. The compartments were usually constructed by horse-cart craftsmen and welded on to the frame. In the case of this particular truck, however, the owner also constructed an add-on compartment for extra pas- sengers, making his vehicle into a truck by day and a bus by night. More such interesting vehicles are on display at the muse- um, including the oldest ship in the south of Iceland, the Pétursey, and the oldest car in Iceland suitable for exhibition, a Ford TT from 1917. After a look at the transportation exhibition and the folk museum itself, visitors can have a light meal or cup of coffee at the museum’s restaurant. The museum is open dur- ing weekends from September until spring, and every day of the week during the summer months. Groups can book visits to the museum at other times. Skógar Folk Museum, 861 Hvolsvöllur, tel: (+354) 487-8845,, VISITORS’ INTERACTION Home-grown multimedia specialists Gagarín are receiving well- deserved praise for their installations at the new visitors’ centre at Thingvellir park. “Our aim was to present some of the area’s history, remarkable geology and nature - all of which are unique for many reasons. Foremost of these, though, is that a new Icelandic society was established with the original parliament at Thingvellir, making it of great significance to Icelanders,” comments Hringur Hafsteinsson for Gagarín. Gagarín have produced a variety of multimedia installations for all kinds of applications and their work has been shown at international exhibitions in Lisbon (1998) and Hanover (2000). “Through this, we’ve gained valuable experience in both creat- ing and presenting information using a variety of media,” adds Hringur. “At Thingvellir, we’ve created three touch-screen facilities that are all linked to large video screens at the entrance to the centre. This way, a group of people can follow the exhibition even though only three would be interacting with the screens at any given time.” The information is presented with English, Icelandic, German and Danish language options and that selection will soon be extended. Once the user has settled on their preferred language, they can then opt to investigate either the history or nature of Thingvellir. Under those headings, there are 27 video segments for people to explore, intermixing old and recent film footage, photographs, illustrations and drawings. The outcome is an accessible show, offering something of interest to pretty much everyone. The new centre also has a very useful interactive map of the surrounding area, depicting places of particular interest, walking paths, deserted farmsteads etc. - all of which help visitors to become better acquainted with Thingvellir. And in addition to the interactive screens, there is a very large rear-projection monitor showing underwater footage from lake Thingvallavatn, with water streaming down the surface of the screen. Cool, eh? JMcC Open daily from 9AM–7PM during September and October, and on week- ends only from November to March. Ph o to s: ( fr o m t o p t o b o tt o m ): G ei r Ó la fs so n , G ei r Ó la fs so n , P ál l S te fá n ss o n Skógar is Iceland’s premier folk museum. Thingvellir park now has a brand new interactive visitor’s center. x75 IR302 - Travelupdate bs -km 2.9.2002 17:09 Page 76
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