Fish skin in Iceland
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In the North, fishing is a way of surviving, and in view of Iceland being a barren island, it´s not strange that these finned creatures have entered other cultural aspects then just to keep people satiated. The fish skin – as well as everything of the fish – in one time or another became a thing of value and use to Icelanders. For example, in the Western Fjords, people made shoes from the Atlantic wolfish and even measured the length of mountain-roads with their endurance as they counted how many pair of shoes they had to use to get from a to b. These were not durable shoes and as a result people mostly used them as slippers and to wear in the hay fields when harvesting grass.