Mjoifjordur is a fjord located in the Eastfjords of Iceland, it is 18km long and 2km wide.
It´s name translates „narrow fjord“ and is known for its tranquility and unspoiled nature as one of the most remote places in Iceland.
Since there are only fifteen people left living in the fjord, there haven`t been too much effort done to build secure roads, so the ride to the village can be quite adventurous and is only possible in the summertime. In the wintertime the roads are closed by the snow. Than the place becomes even more isolated.
Some years ago there were quite a lot of people living there, mostly stationed around herring and whale fishing, hired by a norwegian company. The company has done some overfishing and the „golden years“ of the "Herring Area" are over now. Most of the people have left the place. The damage and their old houses stayed.
Fusi and his wife also stayed. He had been living here since he was born. He grew up in the fjord as the son of Vilhalmjur, who was also born in Mjoifjordur over 100 years ago and died in the age of 99 . With them stayed their two daughters and their families.
Anna Gunna helps her father running his sheep farm and Magda is teaching in the small school.
Five children go there everyday until they reach the age of sixteen, and then leave home to study at a boarding school in the next big city.
One of those children is Johanna. She is the daughter of Seivur and Erna who’s main income is fishing. Although there is not much fish left in the fjord and most of it is used to feed the community.
„And this is Asknes“ Fusi points at an rotted old cargo ship. Asknes was the location of the world`s largest whaling station just after the turn of the 19th century.
Fusi is the major of the village and a very lively person who loves to laugh all the time.
Suddenly he stops walking and becomes very quiet. He keeps starring at the sea, while the clouds are passing the huge mountains, and doesn`t say anything. After a while his huge smile comes back and he points at the sea "look!"- I turn arround and see a whale showing up, just a few meters away from us -"she is one of the last whales left that still show up in the fjord“ he says.
I am overwhealmed by the beauty of this giant. Sadly it will remain the last time she came for a visit.
Fusi walks back home. It is time to get some sleep and energy for the next day as there is always something to do. Even in one of the most remote places and smallest communities on Iceland.