'How's It Going?' Phone Booth – Seydisfjordur, Iceland - Atlas Obscura

'How's It Going?' Phone Booth

An isolated, rusty phone booth commemorates Iceland's first international telegraph cable. 


On the side of a small road heading north of Seyðisfjörður, you’ll find a rusty vintage phone booth set into the lee of a grassy hill.

But no calls go in or out. The lonesome phone booth is a sculpture created by Icelandic artist Guðjón Ketilsson in 2006, the centennial of the first international telegraph cable in Iceland. Reaching from Scotland to Iceland, the underwater connection began Iceland’s telecommunications with the rest of the world.

Inside the booth, you can see a small plaque, overgrown with moss and weeds, that reads,“Hvernig gengur?” The words translate to “How’s it going?” in English. 

Know Before You Go

Take Hafnargata Road northeast of Seyðisfjörður. The phone booth is found on the right side of the road, just before the Nord Marina Guesthouse. The Tvísöngur Sound Sculpture is a short hike away.

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