Practising highland heterotopias: Automobility in the interior of Iceland

Edward H. Huijbens*, Karl Benediktsson

*Corresponding author for this work

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The paper describes the history and current enactments of automobility in the highland interior of Iceland and interprets this phenomenon through the notion of spatial history. We elucidate how the currently widespread practices of automotive travel in the highlands are mediated through the technological assemblage of the 'jeep' and its user. We argue that the travelling is done in a double sense; through an 'inner' space of the vehicle and an 'outer' space of the highland terrain. A heterotopic spatial history emerges, which offers detailed insights into this specific form of automobility. In the final part of the paper, implications of these travel practices for the politics of nature are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-165
Number of pages23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Automobility
  • Heterotopia
  • Iceland
  • Jeep tourism
  • Spatial history


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