One can’t help but wonder: what exactly is it that makes people tick in the tiny fishing communities along the north Atlantic coast. What builds such bonds that people fight tooth and nail to keep these villages afloat, saving them from abandonment, which has been the fate of so many settlements before?
Set off on a journey of enlightenment to visit the environmentally conscious fishing village of Suðureyri. This is an in-depth guided tour, but a different kind – one that allows the locals to answer these questions themselves. Along the way, we also stop occasionally to taste the delicious local produce.
Sustainable and surprising
The village focuses on sustainable fishing, attempting to remain in complete harmony with nature. They do this to secure their own future - and that of their children. Even the local fishing boats are part of the environmentally friendly theme: Suðureyri is now mainly a base for speedboat fishermen who sail out to sea and return to land quickly with fresh, high-quality catches. The entire operation is so rapid and efficient that a mere 36 hours later, the local catch is on sale all over Europe.
Be prepared for some cultural surprises, such as the local businessman who has been crowned an honorary chief in a Nigerian village. The intercontinental relationship developed after he had spent time searching for alternative uses for Suðureyri’s fish processing by-products. He found that fish heads were a popular ingredient in Nigerian cuisine and so began a new line of business in which the fish heads are exported to Nigeria.
Suðureyri also takes a slightly unusual, but highly sustainable, approach to energy generation. It is the only community in the area that enjoys a supply of geothermal hot water - enough to heat every building in the village and the outdoor swimming pool too (the only one of its kind in the area). Last but not least, the electricity here comes from a hydroelectric power station.