Iceland Retry

Speaking of Cod Wars, I lived in Iceland for a while 15 years before the 1988 workshop during that period. Working on a trawler out of Olafsvik, we were shadowed for days by a British gunboat a half kilometer away. We once had three weeks to ourselves while major engine repairs were done. I took off with the second engineer in his VW and we knocked around the interior on some amazing adventures. I’m posting a few images to the What’s Up page showing us abseiling into the throats of some craters, the rope tied to the VW bumper. It was like Journey to the Center of the Earth. I remember the whole funnel was very smooth and narrowed as one descended. As it got tighter and tighter, my courage gave out as I began to imagine hideous creatures unknown to science reaching out of the dark hole to grab my feet and…

Published by

Joel Hagen

An award-winning artist and animator, Joel Hagen is a founding member of the IAAA. He is a MER collaborator, part of the Opportunity rover science operations team and has produced image products for the Opportunity, Phoenix and Pathfinder missions. A retired computer graphics instructor, Joel works with digital and traditional media as well as 3D printing and print surface treatments. Joel also designs extra-terrestrial life forms and biomes. His work has appeared on PBS, BBC, NHK in Japan, Discovery and National Geographic channels.

View the portfolio

This work of art is copyright © 2017 Joel Hagen. All rights reserved.