"Covering the distance" publication by Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir
Covering the Distance grew out of the transformation of the land around the Kárahnjúkar dam, north of the “glacier of the waters,” Vatnajökull. In late 2006 the dam was completed and those waters unleashed across the land. Twelve years have passed since then and the transformation is still underway. "From 2003 to 2006, I came to know the area intimately as Ásta Arnardóttir and I offered three- to seven-day hiking tours of this large but little-known region. We guided about a thousand people around the land that now has vanished beneath the reservoir, Hálslón. A decade later, I journeyed back. By then, few signs recalled the land that had been. Valleys submerged under thick glacial sludge and a mammoth reservoir. The delicate, convoluted landscape, gone. I had arrived in a vast industrial zone. I walked, strode, and ran around the reservoir, from its headwaters at the glacial snouts, over the three main dams, and all the way to the fordless torrent along the glacier, on the other side. On my body were video cameras, recording all that came into view."