“The Road Less Traveled” Flanders Program on Northwest Iceland

Most visitors to Iceland tour Reykjavík, the popular Golden Circle and the southern coast with just a small number of visitors traveling to one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets – the Westfjords located in the country’s northwest corner. Isolation and poor roads have preserved this largely uninhabited region in relatively unspoiled wilderness. Here ancient glaciers carved dramatic fjords lined with steep mountains now dotted with tiny fishing villages.


The area is also home to Europe’s most westerly point and one of the world’s greatest bird cliffs, with large numbers of puffins, razorbills and other seabirds. Arctic foxes can be seen as well as numerous wildflowers including several species of orchids. Another area that does not receive many visitors is nearby Flatey Island. It is only a mile long and a half-mile wide with one farm road and no cars or trees. Winter population is five people but it is a bird- and nature-lovers paradise during warm months.

On Friday evening, March 3rd Naturalists and photographers Barbara and Peter Rzasa will present a slide show of the geological features, birds, and flowers that can be found while traveling through Iceland’s Westfjords, Flatey Island and Western Iceland. On display will be their collection of Iceland’s volcanic rocks as well as guidebooks, literature and nature field guides. Join them as they provide information and interesting stories, and a brief overview of Iceland, its people and its natural history.

The program will be held at 7PM at the Flanders’ Studio which is located on the corner of Flanders Road and Church Hill Road in Woodbury.
The cost is $10 for members or $15 for non-members. Those interested may register online at www.flandersnaturecenter.org or call 203-263-3711, ext. 10, for more information.

About Flanders
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust acquires, preserves and manages land; and uses the land to promote understanding and appreciation of nature, art and the environment. Founded by artist, farmer and environmentalist Natalie Van Vleck, Flanders provides a variety of environmental education programs year-round, designed to bring a deeper understanding of art, nature and farming to children, youth and adults in the Woodbury region and throughout Connecticut.

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