Landsvirkjun

Focus on waterfalls in East Iceland

24. October 2008

Landsvirkjun has collected information on the waterfalls within the area affected by the Kárahnjúkar Power Plant and the effect the installation has on them. This overview has been published in a report which can be seen in the website of the Sustainability Initiative of Alcoa Fjardaál and Landsvirkjun.

Verkfrædistofa Austurlands undertook, on behalf of Landsvirkjun, to prepare a list of place names and a map with place names for the area near and downstream from Hálslón. This project was carried out with the help of Helgi Hallgrímsson, Páll Pálsson and others, and the map is now complete.

At a formal ceremony in Egilsstadir on 21 October, Fridrik Sophusson presented the report to Svavar Sigmundsson, a member of the Place Names Committee.
 
Image from the presentation of the report.<
From the presentation of the report.
(Picture: Austurglugginn, Steinunn Ásmundsdóttir)
 
The waterfall that cascades down the overfall of Hálslón Reservoir has been named ‘Hverfandi’. The selection process involved asking Landsvirkjun employees to send in suggestions for a name. The employees of the Department of Name Studies at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies provided consultation services regarding the selection of the name. The suggestion Hverfandi received a positive review.
 
The opinion given by the Department of Name Studies at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies was, among other things, as follows: “Various waterfall names in Iceland are of the same form, i.e. they have andi as a suffix; examples include Dynjandi, Rjúkandi and Mígandi".
 

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