This concrete structure is located on the mountainside above Seyðisfjörður town. It looks like 5 different sized interconnected mushrooms - with door-openings - or a cluster of igloos! It looks kind of surreal (in a good way) located up in the mountainside.
This structure is a sound sculpture by the German artist Lukas Kühne - called "Tvísöngur" or the Duet. The artworks of Lukas Kühne are dedicated to space and frequency and Tvísöngur is a part of a series of artwork by this German artist, which has to do with musical forms.
This mushroom-looking sculpture is actually interconnected domes in different sizes. Each one of the domes has a "resonance that corresponds to a tone in the Icelandic musical tradition of five-tone harmony and it serves as an amplifier for that tone" - quite brilliant!
I got this information from the website Visit Seyðisfjörður as I am not that clever when it comes to playing music ;)
The domes range from two to four meters in height and cover 30 sq.m. The acoustics inside Tvísöngur are really amazing. I moved from one dome to another and started singing to try out the acoustics.
The sound changed inside each one of the domes. We had so much fun in there moving from one dome to another making sounds, behaving like kids ;)
The artist created this reinforced concrete sculpture in cooperation with Seyðisfjörður town, with the support of the Goethe Institute in Copenhagen and the Mayor of Seyðisfjörður. The sculpture was unveiled in 2012.
It is great fun visiting this work of art, trying to sing in all the domes teaches one a lot about acoustics. This area is quiet and tranquil and one doesn't have to feel embarrassed about raising one's voice to sing out loud, given that you are like me and not a professional singer.
The sound sculpture is open every day around the clock. Do pay it a visit, there is a kind of mystique connected to visiting it. And the view from the mountainside is fantastic - of Seyðisfjörður town, the fjord, and the surrounding mountains. So peaceful and lovely.
I visited Tvísöngur for the second time in 2020
The sound sculpture is just above Strandarvegur street. There is an uphill hike up a gravel road for about 15 minutes.
I add a link to an aerial map where the sculpture can be seen on the mountainside.
We drove around Iceland 3 times in the summer of 2020 when we couldn't travel abroad due to Covid.
There are so many highlights of these trips, but my stay at Seyðisfjörður was one of the highlights of my last trip with my husband and my father-in-law. It was amazing being all alone by the sea in the middle of the bright, serene summer night.
Once in the Eastfjords check out the guided tours to make the most of your East-Iceland visit:
All the wonderful guided tours of the Wilderness Centre of Iceland & the Travel East-Iceland. I would love to join one of their tours one day as there is nothing like being shown around by a local in my opinion :)
To reach Seyðisfjörður you can rent a car in Reykjavík and drive up to the Eastfjords.
Have a lovely time in East-Iceland :)