The board, staff and fellows of
the United Nations University - Fisheries Training Programme in Iceland
send you best wishes for the festive season and a Happy New Year.
Along the northern coast of the Snĉfellsnes peninsula, the UNU-FTP fellows are lined up in front of a ʻfiskbyrgiʼ, near the historical site of Gufuskálar, where in former times, Icelanders operated boats during the fishing season.
Gufuskálar was an ancient fishing-station, mentioned in written sources as early as the 15th century. Historians suggest that these so-called ʻfish shedsʼ, constructed from lava stone collected in the surrounding area, were built to dry and store the catch.
Today the site forms a part of the Snĉfellsjökull National Park, established in 2001. The park aims to protect and conserve the unique landscape, indigenous plant and animal life, as well as the important cultural heritage of this beautiful peninsula.
UNU-FTP fellows in the lava:
(Top row from the left) Oluwatosin Mayowa Akande from Nigeria, Keith Johanis Bennett Wilson from Nicaragua, Ndjonjip Yves Merlin from Cameroon, Lu Hang from China, Zhang Qian from China, Victor Wendulika Agostinho from Angola
( In front of the top row, centre-right) Yetunde Elizabeth Ibiwoye from Nigeria, Vasana Tutjavi from Namibia
(Centre row from the left) Ritha Haika John Mlingi from Tanzania, Adeseye Olufemi Olusola from Nigeria, Indira Nyoka Brown from the Bahamas, Suama Niinkoti from Namibia, Kate Shanda St. Mark from St. Lucia, Shamal OʼReilly Connell from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Moe Pwint Phyu Oo from Myanmar, Aysha Akhtar from Bangladesh, May Zun Phyo from Myanmar, Simon Peter Kigongo Sserwambala from Uganda
(Sitting in the forefront, from the left) Koena Gloria Seanego from South Africa, Astri Suryandari from Indonesia, Romauli Juliana Napitupulu from Indonesia