Saturday, May 26, 2012

Things to see in Iceland: Garðar BA 64

Here is a sight you can visit for a few minutes in order to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and take some photos on the way out to Látrabjarg in the West Fjords.

Garðar BA 64 is the oldest steel ship in Iceland. She was built in Norway in 1912 as a whaling ship with a steam engine and masts for sails and a reinforced prow and sides for sailing through ice. In 1945 she came to Iceland and was refurbished with a diesel engine and used to fish for herring. She went though many changes of name and ownership and was finally decommissioned in 1981 and deliberately beached in Skápadalur, a valley off Patreksfjörður in the West Fjords. She has become rusty and the wood is rotting and while you are advised not to go aboard to explore, you can still get some good photos.

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