Category: Iceland

Photographing Iceland in Winter

For once I might have gone somewhere warm and tropical this winter. I had my eye on Lake Toba in Indonesia, which for some reason has fallen out of the travelers’ eye in recent years. It’d have been perfect for me, I think. I am continually in search of off the beaten path type places, the ones that feel new […]

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Is this the most beautiful waterfall on Earth?

Despite its namesake, Iceland doesn’t get all that cold even in the dead of winter. Temperatures hover just below freezing throughout the season, and the water flowing through Godafoss never has the chance to freeze over. Instead a multitude of icicles are formed by way of wind driven mist and water splashes. The end result is a gorgeous, half frozen piece of natural artwork. […]

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Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road: The North

A most moderate pace   Speeding is a terribly bad idea in Iceland. There are the safety implications of course, but more immediately concerning is the near certainty of receiving a ticket. Paid on the spot and starting at hundreds of dollars, speeding tickets are no exception to the general rule that everything is expensive in Iceland. So […]

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Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road Part 2: The Westfjords

Leaving Snæfellsnes “I could stay here,” I think. “I could live here.” But rarely do I contemplate the reality of such grand ideas because it’s always a one way road back to reality.     Instead I imagine, purely and without complication of critical thought. I imagine my single idyllic night here was representative of a lifetime, as surely a lifetime could be […]

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Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road: Part 1

I scan the landscape as I pull out of Keflavik Airport. Customs was quick and easy, and I’m happy to already be at the wheel of my newly acquired rental car. Green moss covers dark volcanic rocks in all directions. Small yellow posts line the highway before me, providing the only real contrast to speak […]

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Top Things to Do in Iceland

I spent two weeks driving around Iceland last fall, and I can’t wait to go back (someday…) All these must sees can accessed by making a circular route on Highway 1, Iceland’s main highway, and this post is vaguely laid out in a clockwise fashion around the country. Without further ado: Check out Reykjavik Resist […]

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Living Large in Reykjavik

Live large in Reykjavik Iceland’s capitol is bursting at the seams with life and energy. A full day can easily be spent walking around without a plan.   The View Situated on Iceland’s southeastern coastline, you’ll be treated to breathtaking glimpses across the bay as you explore the city. Don’t miss the view from the top […]

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The Icelandic Swimming Experience

Maybe it’s the always chilly arctic temperatures that make swimming in a warm, naturally heated pool so irresistible. And perhaps it’s the stunning views and pure, unpolluted northern air that’s prompted so many Icelanders to build those pools outside. I use the term “build” in a loose sense, as many Icelandic pools are nothing but […]

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Road Tripping Iceland

Long hours were spent in the car during my 2 weeks worth of road tripping around Iceland. I never got bored, not once. Here’s why: The landscape changes quickly and for no apparent reason. One minute you’ll be driving through a frozen wasteland of nothingness, the next you’ll descend into a valley of lush, vibrant […]

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How You Can See the Northern Lights this Winter

An Experience Like No Other You can look at all the pictures you want, but absolutely nothing compares to the awestruck feeling of standing under the aurora borealis yourself. I’ve seen the lights only a handful of times, but my sightings were always just a glimpse from an airplane flying northerly routes to Europe or Canada. […]

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