Wayfinding.Guide is home of the culmination of more than a decade of collaborative work on walking and creative ecological practice in the Westfjords of Iceland. Featuring the forthcoming compendium of notes for wayfinding in the Westfjords of Iceland co-authored by Henry Fletcher and Jay Simpson, Wayfinding.Guide supports a creative approach for responsible trails development in the region to steward a pathway to sustainable tourism.
Wayfinding in the Westfjords and its companions—Notes on Ecology, Notes on Walking and the map: Walking Routes of the Westfjords of Iceland, document old walking and herding routes between Ísafjörður and Látrabjarg. The collection also features information on local ecology, culture and history paired with creative practices that invite a deeper relationship to nature. All forthcoming and available for purchase through the Wayfinding in the Westfjords Kickstarter Campaign.
Wayfinding in the Westfjords
Notes on Ecology in the Westfjords
Notes on Walking in the Westfjords
Westfjords Trails Map
A facilitator, writer and artist, Henry Fletcher (M.S. Coastal and Marine Management, University Centre of the Westfjords in Iceland) is co-author of the forthcoming Wayfinding in the Westfjords, Notes on Ecology, Notes on Walking and the Westfjord Trails Map. In his work he models a conservation ethic through storytelling and creative practice. He spent seven years guiding wayfinding trips in the Westfjords of Iceland to map mountain routes and restore cairns in support of trail development and ecotourism in the region.
Henry is an Ocean Ambassador, has presented. for the World Trails Network, is an organizer of the World Trails Film Festival, and recently completed dry stone work titled the Coralline Cairn in Suffolk, United Kingdom. His writing is also featured on the Guide to Iceland and Story-Lines blog.
Learn more about Henry at henryjf.xyz
A National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Jay Simpson (M.A. New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Studies 2021, Thesis: Coyotes, Urban Nature Cultures, and Feral Cohabitation in the Anthropocene) is an anthropologist, digital storyteller, and wilderness guide and educator. He collaborates with researchers, practitioners, and advocates to position multimedia as a tool for creating behavior change. He is co-author of the forthcoming Wayfinding in the Westfjords, Notes on Ecology, Notes on Walking, and the map: Walking Routes of the Westfjords of Iceland.
An award-winning researcher, Jay has collaborated on campaigns across four continents on issues of human-wildlife conflict, habitat stewardship, HIV/AIDS, and women’s rights. His work can be found in Failed States, the Wolf OR-7 Expedition Documentary, Journey to Empowerment: Women After the Taliban, Coyotes, Urban Naturecultures, and Feral Cohabitation in the Anthropocene and The Walking Collective.
Learn more about Jay at jaysimpson.us
Photos are available for use with permission. Please list the photo credit and send us a link at firstname.lastname@example.org to where they are being published. Photos of thumbnail images for print and a selection of digital images are available here for download.
Click here to see all images in Google Drive. Below, you’ll find a sample of available images.
Jón Baldur Hlíðberg, Biological Illustrator
Herdís Magnea Hübner, Icelandic Translator
Bonnie Briant, Book Designer
Walking & Wayfinding in the Westfjords Campaign Video
We appreciate past and present supporters who have generously provided resources to help us steward trails development, walking artist residencies and conservation camps in the Westfjords region.