The last farms at Hesteyri before the wilderness of Hornstrandir peninsula in Iceland takes over. Turns our the wilderness is still pretty polluted. PIC M

The last farms at Hesteyri before the wilderness of Hornstrandir peninsula in Iceland takes over. Turns out the wilderness is still pretty polluted. PIC M

Without doubt the most unspoiled place in Iceland is the northwestern point of the country known as Hornstrandir area. It is in fact, a whole jagged peninsula where no one has lived for half a century and only smaller groups of people visit each summer. But the most unspoiled place in Iceland does not mean it is unspoiled at all.

You have read the brochures and travel guides. Iceland is heavenly pure and unspoiled. Except it is not and not even in the remotest place, Hornstrandir, where humans seldom tread. In fact, the place is rather extremely polluted as evidenced by the photographs of a French photographer.

Julian Joly wanted to take pics of unpolluted places and gravitated to Hornstrandir in Iceland. It should be a sure bet. Little traffic and pretty much only in high summer and the last inhabitants left decades ago. Even those inhabitants were very few and could not have made much impact. [blockquote type=”blockquote_line” align=”right”]the place is rather extremely polluted[/blockquote]

Turns out the remoteness of the place did not shield it at all. What Joly soon discovered was the most beaches in the area were littered with plastic. Thus, a mission to photograph remote unspoiled nature turned to a mission to record the littered beaches of Hornstrandir.

His efforts can be viewed at his shows in France. But if the most remote place in Iceland is full of garbage you can make your own calculations as to the how „unspoiled“ Iceland really is.

Do check out Joly´s pictures at his flickr page if interested. They tell a sad story of a beautiful place.

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