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This artist book frames cairns, photographed during the last day of Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson’s 10-day expedition through the uninhabited area of Hornstrandir in the Westfjords, Iceland. The concertina folding allows one cairn to follow another across the vast and misty land – a reminder of these makeshift human markers that, in the absence of paths, guided their passage across the terrain. Following the last photographic image and the words, Reykjafjörður, Þaralátursfjörður, Svartaskarð, July 29 1998, the text reads:
The last day of a walking expedition in the Westfjords, Iceland. Weather conditions consistently misty. Visibility 10 metres except in the fjords. The largest scale map of the area in existence is 1:100 000. In such conditions, reliance on a compass is imperative although we inevitably would need to rely on something else from time to time.