Holtstangi

by Magnús Bergsson

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On Önundarfjörður (fjord) in northwest Iceland is a small village, Flateyri. During the winter, there are lots of avalanches in the area.

In October 1995 a huge avalanche hit Flateyri. Many houses were wiped away and 20 died. Several other avalanches and bad wetaher closed the road to the village so the only way for rescue team was from sea.

The first rescue unit used a 45 year old pier at the bottom of the fjord at Holtstangi. This pier was built in 1950 in case avalanches closed the road and other communication to Flateyri

This terrible avalanche on that October night in 1995 demonstrated how important this pier was for the community, so it was rebuilt in the spring 1996.

This recording was made on the beach close to the pier on 19th of June 2012

More recordings and information about Magnús Bergsson can be found on his website: fieldrecording.net

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released November 16, 2013

This is one of a series on Very Quiet Records called "Static" - long field recordings made from a single location.

VQRS003 (released November 2013)

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