July 1st, 2009

Here is the trailer from Dreamlands, the documentary about the Karahnjukar hydroelectric dam that destroyed a huge pristine wilderness area in order to power an Alcoa aluminum smelter.  If Americans would recycle their drink cans, this dam would be unnecessary.

Here’s a link to an interview with Andri Magnason, the author of the book Dreamland, on which the documentary was based.

Maps for Field Trip to Iceland and Danish Island of Samsø

June 18th, 2009




Iceland – Reykjavik, July 14-16;  Skaftafell National Park, July 16-17

Denmark – Copenhagen, July 17-18; Samsø July 19-22


Samso in Denmark

Background Reading

June 16th, 2009

For those who are interested, here are links to some of what we’ve been reading in preparation for this trip.

1. From The New Yorker“The Island in the Wind” — the article that led us to consider going to Samso.

2. From Journal of the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography, Karl Benediktson, “Scenophobia,” Geography and the Aesthetic Politics of Lanscape”

3. From The Atlantic: “Iceland’s Meltdown”

Itinerary for Iceland/Denmark Field Trip

June 15th, 2009

ICELAND – Reykjavik

Monday 7/13

  • Depart from Cleveland Hopkins Airport – 3: 53 p.m. to Philadelphia
  • Depart from Philadelphia 6:15 p.m. to Boston
  • Depart from Boston 9:30 p.m. to Reykjavik

Tuesday 7/14

  • Arrive Reykjavik at 6:30 a.m.
    • Domus Guesthouse (6 bed apartment/suite);
  • Morning – Reykjavik city tour
    • Double-decker bus tours of Reykjavik.
  • Afternoon – Visit Culture House (sagas)
  • Evening – Meet with Arni Finnsson Dinner at 6:30 p.m. (environmental activist) either in or near city
    • Perspective on the politics of energy in Iceland, including the hydroelectric installation at Karahnjukar; popular attitudes about green energy, conservation, and environmentalism; how the current economic crisis is affecting environmental activities; etc.
  • View Dreamlands film

Wednesday 7/15

  • Breakfast with Lutheran pastor, Sigridur Gudmarsdottir
    • Senior minister in a Lutheran church in Iceland as well and is active in public debates on the environment and human rights
    • Research interests are in ecotheology, mysticism, feminist theology and poststructuralism, postcolonialism and queer studies
  • Half day with Arnbjorn from Renewable Energy School — visit geothermal plant
  • Leave for Skaftafell National Park early afternoon
  • Evening – hike in Skaftafell National Park
  • Late evening – drive to Hotel Hofn


Thursday 7/16

  • Morning – Boat tour on glacial lagoon,
  • Afternoon  – hike in Skaftafell National Park
  • Evening – return to Reykjavik, stay at Bed and Breakfast Keflavik Airport.

DENMARK – Copenhagen

Friday 7/17

  • Depart Keflavik airport  – 7:45 am
  • Arrive Copenhagen – 12:45 p.m.
  • CPH Apartments in Vesterbro (six beds); Westend 11
  • Meet Martha Lewis, Henning Larsen Architects, Vesterbrogade 76

Saturday 7/18

  • Visit architectural show at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – “Green Architecture for the Future”


Sunday 7/19

  • Train – Copenhagen to Kalundborg
  • Ferry — Kalundborg to Kolby Kas
  • Sommerpension.dk
    • Åvej 17, Ballen Havn – 8305 Samsø Åvej 17 Ballen Havn – 8305 Samsøe

Monday 7/20

  • Day long session at the Energy Academy on Samsø, with Jan Jantzen

Tuesday 7/21

  • Tour Samsø on bikes, visit wind farms, and dairy farms.

DENMARK – return to Copenhagen

Wednesday 7/22 – Return to Copenhagen

  • Ferry — Kolby Kas to Kalundborg 7:40 a.m.
  • Train –Kalundborg to Copenhagen
  • Zleep Airport Hotel

Thursday 7/23

  • Depart Copenhagen airport – 7:50 a.m. to Keflavik (Iceland)
  • Depart Keflavik airport 10:30 a.m. to Kennedy (NYC)
  • Depart Kennedy airport 5:05 p.m. to Cleveland
  • Arrive Cleveland Hopkins airport at 7 p.m.
  • Arrive Cleveland – 6:55 p.m.

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