A Living Archive

Driftwood travels thousands of kilometers across the Arctic before it reaches the shores of Iceland. These logs have something to tell you.

Jón lærði Guðmundsson, a poet and magician from the 17th century, assumed driftwood came from underwater forests – and when trees died, they would drift to the ocean‘s surface.

Kristinn Schram, University of Iceland

exhibition & Film

The touring exhibition and the documentary film tell the story of the driftwood’s journey, offer insights into its Arctic climate records, its key role in Icelandic history and culture and much more.

The mystery log

Where does the humongous driftwood log in front of Ísafjörður’s Westfjords Heritage Museum come from?

About Us

How everything turned driftwood…

Get in touch!

You want to host the exhibition, screen the film or send us your driftwood creations? We’re delighted to hear from you!




Kollektiv Lichtung
c/o Ines Meier
Weisestr. 11
12049 Berlin