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Traces of Skathi

Traces of Skathi

David Pickford
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 - The Jöttnar Odin Blog -




Our new LEGEND editorial series, the Jöttnar Odin Blog, brings you expert long-form comment, insight and reflection on all aspects of mountain culture and the adventurous life. Sometimes we’ll even showcase a little photography from Odin’s own adventures. This edition of the blog is a short chronicle of his recent travels around northern Scandinavia in the search of the goddess Skathi (Skaði), the jötunn associated with skiing and mountaineering. 



melting ice flows, Jökulsárlón, South-east Iceland

Melting ice floes near Jökulsárlón, southeast Iceland. 



traditional dried and salted cod, lofoten islands, norway

Traditional dried and salted cod (klippfisk) on outdoor racks at Henningsvær, Lofoten Islands, Norway



whale vertebra, stokksnes, eastern iceland

A whale vertebra washed up on the beach near Stokksnes, eastern Iceland 



freshly caught and cooked mackerel, Lauvsnes, norway

Freshly-caught mackerel on the barbecue after an evening's fishing in the fjords near Lauvsnes, Norway



Glacial Lake, Icleand

A glacial lake in the wilderness of Iceland's uninhabited interior



calm seas, midnight trip in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Heading out in glass-calm seas for a midnight fishing trip in the Lofoten Islands, Norway



Strøm, Aspøya, Halmøya, Flatanger, Norway

The settlement of Strøm and the islands of Aspøya and Halmøya, Flatanger, Norway



Lone boulder under a brooding sky, Iceland

Lone boulder under a brooding sky, northeast Iceland



ålesund, norway, midnight flight

Flying into Ålesund, Norway, just before midnight



boathouse on the fjord, Strøm, Flatanger, Norway

 A boathouse on the fjord at Strøm, Flatanger, Norway



Dyrhólaey, Southeast Iceland

Looking north from Dyrhólaey, southeast Iceland



Sunset at the Lofoten Islands, Norway

The late summer sun begins to sink below the horizon for the first time in six weeks in Norway's Lofoten Islands  



Evening Sun at Vestvågøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway

 Evening sun blazes out from under a cloud-bank, Vestvågøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway



First dusk at Vestvågøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Vestvågøya in the first dusk light of autumn, Lofoten Islands, Norway



Note: it has been suggested that the name of the goddess Skaði (Skathi) is linked to the origins of the modern word ‘Scandinavia’. 






The giantess old  |  in Ironwood sat,
In the east, and bore  |  the brood of Fenrir;
Among these one  |  in monster's guise
Was soon to steal  |  the sun from the sky...

Come mighty storms:  |  would you know yet more?


Völuspá (40 & 41), The Poetic Edda



The next edition of the Jöttnar Odin Blog will be published soon on LEGEND

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