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The Arctic Henge

Raufarhöfn, Iceland
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Exploring the Edge of the Arctic Northeastern Region  Iceland

Exploring the Edge of the Arctic

After a trip to Stonehenge just a week earlier, I had never anticipated standing next to its Icelandic counterpart in the remote village of Raufarhöfn. Erlingur B Thoroddsen was the driving force behind this massive stone complex, called the Arctic Henge, still to be completed. Today, it consists of a ring of stones and a central tower surrounded by four steeple-like arches that frame the sun during the summer solstice. Visiting the monument on a misty grey morning my husband and I came across a pair of cement-filled black rubber boots leaning against a solitary boulder. They belonged to Thoroddsen, who died in 2015.