Danish Surveyors On A Road Trip Around Iceland

10.6.2014
Words by Vera Illugadóttir
In the years 1900–1910, several teams of surveyors from the Danish Geological Survey institute travelled around Iceland, taking photos and working on a map of the country. In 1985, the Danish Geological Survey presented its Icelandic counterpart, Landmælingar Ísland, with the Danes’ entire collection of 555 photographs on glass plates.

The photos are a remarkable resource, both for their unusual perspectives on Icelandic landscapes and towns as well as their documentation of the surveyors’ ‘road-trips’ in Iceland.

We encourage everyone to browse the full collection on lmi.is.



A good surveyor needs to be a skilled climber.



Reykjavík, circa 1905.



The surveyors set up their camp.



Surveying Iceland's barren landscape.



Icelandic Family.

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