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Panoramic photo by Joby Catto PRO Taken 23:45, 16/06/2013 (UTC +0000) - Views loading...

Between the concrete herring oil tanks at Djúpavík, Iceland

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Standing between the enormous concrete tanks which used to hold thousands of gallons of processed fish oil when Djúpavík was a working herring processing plant in the 1930 and 1940s.

The concrete is slowly decaying but each of the tanks are still accessible through small porthole-like entrances (formerly outflows for the herring oil) and are often used as visual arts and performance spaces. 

The acclaimed Icelandic group Sigur Rós performed here in 2006 for an unannounced gig as part of their 'Heima' tour; the acoustics in the empty tank proving just as striking as the unconventional location itself.

[This is one of the panoramas from my June 2013 trip to Iceland. You can explore the other views of this incredible country here. https://www.360cities.net/sets/iceland-june-2013 ]

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