Geoheritage, culture and sustainable communities in Finland, Iceland and Norway
Jóhannes M. Jóhannesson
Sigrid Dybvik Langfors
Trollfjell Geopark- Magne and Thea
My name is Fanney Ásgeirsdóttir and I am the Park Manager of the Western region of Vatnajökull National Park. I am 49 years old and have been working as Park Manager for 3.5 years. Before that I worked as a principal in primary and secondary schools in several places in Iceland.
I love the outdoors and think it is a great privilege to be able to spend my working hours concentrating on protecting the nature and teach people to enjoy and respect it.
After a good days work, I love to relax with a good book in my hands.
My name is Mikko. I´m geoscientist and environmental educator of Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark. I´m also managing projects aiming to develop natural sciences´ education and nature tourism in the area. For example, at moment we are creating virtual models demonstrating ancient landscapes of the area, and new exhibitions describing the genesis of the Geopark´s landscape. I started in the Geopark as a university trainee in 2012. My education is actually a teacher of geography and biology.
One of the most important reasons for my career lies in my childhood. I´ve been for the first time in Norway in the age of two, and thereafter I´ve visited all around the country many many times. One of my family´s summer trips took place in Svartisen, Torghatten and other places close to Trollfjell Geopark. During the trips I got excited about mountains, northern nature, glaciers and so on, which later led to interest for geography, geodiversity and finally geoparks.. I´ve never been to Iceland but it has always been one of my dreams.
I live with my wife and our two sons in the edge of the city of Oulu. In free time we spend a lot of time outdoors, enjoying nature, as forest begins from our backyard.
My name is Kai Myrvang, and I am 62 years old. My teaching subjects at Brønnøysund upper secondary school are mathematics and physics. This year I have a mathematics class containing 22 of the pupils that participates in the Nordplus project. I look forward to follow the students during the project period.
I am born at Sør-Helgeland and I have lived her most of my life. I love the nature here and I like the people that live here very much. During several decades, I have seen that the climate has changed, with warmer weather and more rain, especially in the wintertime, and I do not like what I am seeing. Therefore, I hope that this project will contribute to a greater common understanding across the national borders, and that the new generation that now is growing up is more capable and willing to take care of our earth than my generation has been.
Sigrid Dybvik Langfors
My name is Sigrid Dybvik Langfors and I’m 39 years old. I am a counsellor and a teacher at Brønnøysund Upper Secondary School. I teach history and social science, and have been for the last 8 years.
I live with my husband and our two kids. They are 6 and 9 years old. We live in a house not far from the School.
Brønnøysund is close to the see, and we have a great nature just outside the house. We like to spend our spare time walking in the mountains or on our sailboat. Normally we use to travel abroad about once a year, but due to the Corona that is not possible at the time.
I have never been in Finland and only in Iceland once, so I am looking forward to learn more about the countries.
My name is Skrýmir.
I am an arts and multimedia teacher at FAS. I have lived in Höfn for ten years, but I was born and raised in Reykjavík. I have been teaching collectively for sixteen years with pauses to both further educate myself and to attend to other projects. My main function in this project has been the practical and technological aspects of live streaming from the Icelandic highlands.
I have an intermediate degree in graphic design from the Technological School in Reykjavík, a classical singing degree from the Reykjavík Vocal Academy, and a master certificate from Berklee College of Music (Boston, U.S.A) in music production and technology.
Parallel to my work in FAS, I work as a composer, recording artist and sound engineer.
Jóhannes M. Jóhannesson
My name is Jóhannes M. Jóhannesson, 37 years old, and I am a project manager at Katla UNESCO Global Geopark. I have degrees in Geology from the University of Iceland and the university of Tromsö (Norway) and a degree in History and archaeology from the University of Iceland and the University of Trier (Germany).
I live in the village Vík on the south coast of Iceland and my biggest interests are the outdoors, especially coastal areas and lava caves, basketball and Sci-fi literature and movies.
My name is Eyjólfur Guðmundsson and I am the headmaster of FAS. I have lived in Hornafjörður and taught at FAS since 1989 and as headmaster from 1996. I was born and raised in Flateyri in the Westfjords.
I have a B.s. degree in geography, a master’s degree in public administration and I am completing a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on adult education. I have taught geography, social sciences and natural sciences.
Interested in environmental issues. I am married with four foster children and seven grandchildren.
My name is Berglind Sigmundsdóttir and I am the Geopark Manager of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark in South Iceland. I am 35 years old and have an education in geology from the University of Iceland.
I have four very energetic dogs. I love the outdoors and usually spend a couple hours every day hiking, cycling, running or skiing with my dogs and exploring the vast and unique backcountry of Katla Geopark close to where I live. I also enjoy photography, art and music.
My name is Hjördís (57) and I teach Geology, German and natural science at FAS. I am also taking care of foreign partnerships at the school. I live with my husband and our dog, Táta in the town Höfn. We have a daughter who lives in the capital Reykjavík.
I love to be outside and be in the nature and go often on hiking with our dog. We like to travel, both in Iceland and abroad. I have been twice to Finland. Our school worked with a school in Jämsä in Finland 2007 – 2008 and we also visited Helsinki. I have also been once to Oslo where I have relatives. Both countries are beautiful and I am looking forward visiting you again.
I am also looking forward working with you in this project!
My name is Riitta Olsbo and I’m 56 years old. I teach Swedish and German at Vaala Upper Secondary School and English and Swedish at the comprehensive school. I also teach Swedish online in the evenings; some distance courses of Swedish grammar and composition writing. I have been a teacher for 33 years.
I live with my husband and our dog in a one-family house very near Lake Oulujärvi and the centre of Vaala. I have a daughter and a son, but they are already adults and live in the nearest city Oulu.
In the summer I like to work in our garden and especially in the greenhouse where I grow tomatoes and cucumbers. I enjoy taking my dog out to the forests around Vaala, picking mushrooms and berries, especially blueberries and raspberries. I also like reading detective stories and watching Swedish and Norwegian thriller series.
I usually travel a lot and one of my favourite places has always been Norway. I have visited Iceland three times, but seen only a few places there. I really look forward to cooperating with Icelandic and Norwegian people.
My name is Marjaana Laukkanen. I am 42 years old and I work as a biology and geography teacher in Vaala Upper Secondary School. I have worked here for eight years. Earlier I was working in a chemistry laboratory. I can also teach chemistry and health education.
I am married and I have three kids; two sons (14 and 11 years) and a daughter (nine years). We live on a farm, 24 kilometers from Vaala. In the free time I spend time with my family. In the summertime I take care of our garden and my little greenhouse. In the wintertime I like to read a lot. I love travelling and I want to get to know new people from different countries. I look forward to visiting Iceland and Norway.
Trollfjell Geopark- Magne and Thea
My name is Magne Ekker. I am 48 years old, and work as general manager in Trollfjell Geopark. I have studied outdoor life and geography at the university in Telemark and Trondheim.
My interest is outdoor life (kayaking, hiking, sailing etc.), and I´m also very interested in sports (cross country, running).
My name is Thea Krossøy. I am 24 years old, geologist and works as project leader at Trollfjell Geopark. I studied at University of Bergen and my special field is karstgeology (caves) and quaternary (glacial) geology.
I love to teach people about geology, so I do often bring friends and family for a hike in the mountains or in the forest.
In my private life I like to do sport (soccer, ski etc.), watch a good movie, eat good food and in the weekends, I often sleep outside in my tent.