In September of 1912 the famous philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein visited Iceland with his friend David Pinsent. Pinsent kept a detailed diary of their travels that give a great insight into the life of Icelanders in the beginning of the 20th century, but also portraits Wittgenstein genius along with his famous eccentricity. It seems that many of the ideas that later where published in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosphicus, were in fact conceived during this 12 day ride around the south western part of Iceland. Wittgenstein’s dedicated Tractatus, his only book published in his lifetime, to Pinsent.
On September 14th, 2012, exactly one hundred years later we will follow their trail. On the way we will visit many of the most famous places in Iceland like, Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. We even meet the grandchildren and grand grandchildren of the some of the people that hosted Wittgenstein and Pinsent a century ago.
After the tour Pinsent wrote in his diary: “Thus ends the most glorious holiday I have ever spent! The novelty of the country…The excitement and everything…All combine to make the most wonderful experience I have ever had. It leaves almost a mystic-romantic impression on me for the greatest romance consists in novel sensations – novel surroundings – and so forth, whatever provided the are novel.”