Friday, July 27, 2012

Old map & Naustahvilft

1866 map of Ísafjörður
Ísafjörður Municipality Office
First stop today is to check out the large old relief map of the first houses in Ísafjörður in 1866, designed by Jón Hermannsson. 

Naustahvilft, 225m
The map is located in the Ísafjörður Municipality Office on Hafnarstræti – just walk in the door and up the stairs during regular opening hours. 

My house was built in 1905 and although it was one of the first in town, it’s not among the sparse scattering of houses on this map yet. 
View of Hornstrandir
Later I take a stroll up to Naustahvilft, which is the bowl-shaped mountain behind the airport that is the trademark of Ísafjörður in a way. This is my second time up top, and it takes about half an hour and is quite steep. 
The trail is easy to follow and at the top one is rewarded with a fantastic view of the whole town and far into the distance. There’s a flat grassy section on the top with large inviting rocks, offering a great place to nap or have a lunch. And that’s all the excitement for today!