NORDIC PERMACULTURE FESTIVAL
in Iceland 2017
in Iceland 2017
— NORDIC PERMACULTURE FESTIVAL 2017
April – August 2017
The project was very versatile and required a lot of creativity and self organisation. Initially I purchased a truck in Sweden, drove it via Oslo to pick up a yurt, down through Denmark, from where we travelled by ferry to Iceland. The site was a volcanic desert, or black beach, outside of Selfoss in south western Iceland. The vegetation was made up of handful of small trees, patches of lupins, and some moss and lichens.
I lived on site for six weeks, designing, constructing and setting up all the necessary facilities for the festival, from camping site, toilets, tool shed, shelters, fireplaces, outdoor kitchen, sweat lodge, teaching facility, yurt, and set of instruments made from upcycled materials. Primarily I worked with Mörður, and the hosting organisation Permavillage, but with time our crew was increased up to over 20 individuals. We salvages over 90% of materials used, built raised mounds from organic materials for wind cover, and a dug down an outdoor kitchen into a sand dune, protecting the cooks and food from the sandy coastal winds. During the set-up two courses were held on site and three events in a venue in Reykjavik.
We also collaborated with local permaculturists and elementary school, and hosted around 90 individuals for a three day event with workshops, lectures and music events. Our volunteers were both international and local, and they stayed from 5-15 days. The landscape was extreme and the ecosystem "primitive". We planted sapling trees amongst the lupins and built small kitchen gardens as well as composting piles. This event was organised by Permavillage in collaboration with the municipality, and the touring Nordic Permaculture Festival.
Performance review by
Performance review by Mörður "Moli" Gunnarsson Ottesen: