Open house was at the Drill core archive of Náttúrufræðistofnun Íslands (NÍ) at Breiðdalsvík, Friday May 19th 2017 from 12-18. The event was in collaboration between NÍ and Breiðdalssetur. The drill cores of Iceland were moved from Akureyi in 2015 into the old slaughter house.
The staff was complete there: Dr. Birgir Óskarsson (geologist in charge for NÍ), Martin Gasser (geologist at NÍ and Breiðdalssetur in Breiðdalsvík) and the technician Hrafnkell Hannesson.
The institutions were specially pleased to be able to show one of the most famous drill core of Iceland, the IRDP- core (Iceland Research Drilling Project), 1919 m long, taken in 1978 in Reyðarfjörður. The core was stored in Reyðarfjörður since then and was finally moved to its final destination, Breiðdalsvík, at the beginning of this month. Glímufélagið from Reyðarfjörður carried the heavy boxes out of the basement of the Stríðsárasafn museum (World War II) (picture on the left), becaus it was not possible to go down with a lift car. Thanks a lot for their help!! Also we would like to thank the community of Fjarðabyggð for the collaboration and help to move the core to Breiðdalsvík)
HERE you can read more about the drilling of the core. The guest in honour of the event was Dr. Jóhann Helgason, geologist at the National Land Survey (Landmælingar Íslands), who was working with the IRDP-core during the drilling process in 1978.
Left: Persons that were important for the realisation for bringing the archive to Breiðdalsvik. Right: The staff of NÍ and Breiðdalssetur with the guest in honour Jóhann Helgason.
Left: Locals looking at the archive for the first time. Right: Geologists looking at the IRDP core.