Earlier this week, west coast of Iceland. I was so glad to be back in this amazing country, marveling at the magnificent views along the coastline despite the non-stop drizzle. I snapped a quick photo with my phone and played around with an HDR app to jazz it up since the light was so poor. I loved the result! The day absolutely felt like this.
I try to incorporate UNESCO World Heritage Sites into my travels whenever I can. So when I visited Iceland last year, I added Thingvellir National Park to the top of my destinations list. We rented a sweet VRBO house on the shores of Lake Thingvallavatn in the park where we spent several nights, drinking wine in the evenings by a cozy woodstove, watching birds dive into the lake for their dinner and marveling at our good fortune to find such […]
Iceland’s Skogafoss is located along the southern part of the Ring Road, the highway that circles the island nation. The beautiful waterfall is ~200 feet high. On the day we visited the wind blew like crazy, and it was hard to even stand upright. I had to venture out of the car to take this photo, though! If the weather had been nice, I suppose there would have been hundreds of visitors here. I would love to return on a […]
Here’s another example of street art in Reykjavic. This captivating seal is located in a part of the city known for graffiti. To me it looked like the local graffiti artists respected this work and (for the most part) refrained from covering it with spray-painted scrawlings; as you can see, they stop right at the border of the seal image. And as you can see from the images below, these street artists are a prolific bunch… In your opinion, is […]
Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. I generally like to stay off the beaten path, but in this case I made an exception. There’s a reason so many travelers stop to marvel at this waterfall: it is simply spectacular. Years ago investors wanted to dam this river to produce electricity, but nothing ever came of it except a persistent urban legend in which the daughter of one of the investors threatens to throw herself into the waters […]
On my recent trip to Iceland, I saw Icelandic horses everywhere. Of course I had to research them, and they’re quite interesting. For example, did you know: Icelandic horses are descendants of horses brought to the island nation back in the 9th and 10th centuries by Viking settlers. Because they’ve been isolated from other breeds, they’re considered to be the most pure breed of horse in the world. Icelandic horses rarely succumb to disease. The health of the breed is […]
Fish are everywhere in Iceland: on the coins, in the news, in the history books (look up the Cod Wars), and on the menu. So of course it makes sense that artists would incorporate fish into their works…in this case, a fabulous mural on the side of a building in Reykjavic (and my new computer desktop image). Do you like it?
And here’s another post for the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns. During my trip to Iceland, I had a blast playing with my camera inside HARPA, Reykjavic’s magnificent concert hall.