The Miklavatn Experiment

The Miklavatn Experiment

1944

Herring was vitally important for many towns in the north of Iceland during these early years, as well as for Loftleidir with their contracts to perform aerial herring searches.

In 1944, Alfred Elíasson and Kristinn Olsen lived in a tent beside Lake Miklavatn for the whole of the summer while flying in search of the shoals. They flew up to 300 hours searching for the silver of the sea. At the end of the season however, the Stinson aircraft was damaged while taking off from the water. While being transported on a truck to Reykjavík, a collision with telephone lines seriously damaged the aircraft even further.

Loftleidir's first aircraft never flew again. However, the men didn't give up, and in the following summer the company had two aircraft, for herring searches and for passenger transport.