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Iceland’s Slow Motion Town

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Iceland’s Slow Motion Town

Djúpivogur harbor.

From Djúpivogur. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The East Iceland district of Djúpavogshreppur, population less than 500, is the only municipality in Iceland with a Cittaslow (Slow Town) status. The area was featured in The Guardian last weekend, but, unlike what The Guardian claims, the Cittaslow status was granted three years ago.

The slow movement’s aim is to calm down the pace of life by reconnecting distinctive areas with their food, nature and their craft producers to protect them against homogenized, globalized culture.

Djúpavogshreppur is a community where artists thrive and their workshops are very visible. There is a showroom in town for a company which makes handcrafted apparel and accessories from animal and fish leather, horn, wool and horse hair. Furthermore, the area has a rock museum, a wilderness center and a large sculpture consisting of 34 large-scale egg replicas, which represent the 34 bird species in the area.

Now you’re wondering, “Why am I learning about this Cittaslow status three years after the fact?” The answer is simple: everything travels slowly in the town of slow motion, even the news.

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