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Last farmer in Núpsstadur

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Last farmer in Núpsstadur

Filippus Hannesson, who is about to turn 97, is the last inhabitant of his farm in Núpsstadur, southwest Iceland.

Hannesson is the only farmer left in the area and he will stay for as long as he can. He told Morgunbladid that there are too many abandoned farms in the Icelandic countryside.

Núpsstadur is situated in Fljótshverfi, west of Skeidarársandur. The local farmers used to accompany travelers while riding through plains of sand and across rivers.

Hannesson’s father, Hannes Jónsson, who died in 1968, served as the local mailman and became an expert in traveling the sands and crossing the rivers of Skeidarársandur.

The 97-year-old farmer is not afraid of driving on his own, because, he said, the roads are good. Occasionally, he even takes the 370-km-long journey to Reykjavík.

Hannesson told Morgunbladid that the weather is much better than it used to be. He said the wind from north, that used to be cold, is now getting warmer as the ice is disappearing.

The lone farmer grew up with nine siblings, five of whom are still alive. His eldest sister, Margrét Hannesdóttir, is 102.

The National Museum of Iceland has now taken the abandoned farms in Núpsstadur under its protection along with the local chapel, which was built in the 17th century.

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