Iceland in pictures

I’ll be honest. The task of coming back to a blog after 1 month of silence and having literally hundreds of stories and several thousand photos to chose from is overwhelming. So I will start slow and maybe there will be more and maybe there will be less. But here are pictures from Iceland, a country that is like a distilled version of everything Scandinavian – filled with beautiful, light-haired and blue-eyed people, white, minimalistic design, higher prices (and higher quality), wild, drunken night life, friendly (if private) people, cold weather and no public restrooms – and of course some of the most magnificent nature this region of the world has to offer.

Enjoying local cuisine; Skyr and hotdogs
Enjoying local cuisine; Skyr and hotdogs

Reykjavík from above
Reykjavík from above
On top of the world and in between continental plates at Þingvellir National park
On top of the world and in between continental plates at Þingvellir National park
Driving around the Golden circle with Jodi and Bernie from Maine. Gullfoss in the background
Driving around the Golden circle with Jodi and Bernie from Maine. Gullfoss in the background
This might be the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Nature reserve on Snæfellsjökull peninsula, West Iceland. We had dinner right there on the beach with a view to volcanic formations, snow covered mountains, waterfalls and an abundance of sheep (Dinner was lamb chops...)
This might be the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Nature reserve on Snæfellsjökull peninsula, West Iceland. We had dinner right there on the beach with a view to volcanic formations, snow covered mountains, waterfalls and an abundance of sheep (Dinner was lamb chops…)
Enjoying the view on the walk from Arnarstapi to Hellnar, Snæfellsjökull peninsula, West Iceland
Enjoying the view on the walk from Arnarstapi to Hellnar, Snæfellsjökull peninsula, West Iceland
The hiiiiils are alive ... (Snæfellsjökull in the background)
The hiiiiils are alive … (Snæfellsjökull in the background)
Please note: I was the appropriately dressed one. In the beginning I was pretty pissed that Iceland has branded themselves as the original Vikings (Danes are!) but after this day I was like:
Please note: I was the appropriately dressed one. In the beginning I was pretty pissed that Iceland has branded themselves as the original Vikings (Danes are!) but after this day I was like: “okay, you can have it”…
Snapping photos from the car
Snapping photos from the car
Hitch hiking for the first time. It was a great success and we got picked up by four generous Icelanders.
Hitch hiking for the first time. It was a great success and we got picked up by four generous Icelanders.
Dinner with a view on Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) in South Iceland
Dinner with a view on Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) in South Iceland
I am not exaggerating when I say that this lobster is one of the most delicious things I have eaten in my life. I couldn't help but laugh when I was texting with one of my best friends and she was like:
I am not exaggerating when I say that this lobster is one of the most delicious things I have eaten in my life. I couldn’t help but laugh when I was texting with one of my best friends and she was like: “So … you sleep in a tent and eat in really fancy restaurants?” Totally spot on! At least we have our priorities straight ;-)
NBD. Just hanging out in a natural hot top in the mountains near Eyjafjallajokull
NBD. Just hanging out in a natural hot top in the mountains near Eyjafjallajokull
Babyhorses and arctic lupin in abundance
Babyhorses and arctic lupin in abundance

Skógar: Nice waterfall, crappy camp ground.
Skógar: Nice waterfall, crappy camp ground.
Making new friends in cold and rainy Vík. One Canadian, two Americans, two Danes and a Brit/Singaporean
Making new friends in cold and rainy Vík. One Canadian, two Americans, two Danes and a Brit/Singaporean
I didn't realize 'till afterwards why this dog was acting so strangely: there are no trees in Iceland, so this pup was fetching stones instead!
I didn’t realize ’till afterwards why this dog was acting so strangely: there are no trees in Iceland, so this pup was fetching stones instead!
We rode on horseback to this waterfall and then climbed behind it. Who said awesome?
We rode on horseback to this waterfall and then climbed behind it. Who said awesome?

… Throw in some glaciers and a Snoop Dog concert for good measure and you have a pretty successful Iceland trip!

All roads lead to Rome, so that’s where we’re headed next. It is literally 4 times as hot down there as it is here, but I spent all day yesterday mapping the best gelato places in town, so I think we’ll survive 😉

/Isa

2 thoughts on “Iceland in pictures

  1. Howdy from a fine Amsterday in Amsterdam,
    Thanks for including the photos in your blog. Of course we are jealous you did not mention Maine lobster as your favorite but fully understand the presentation we saw was a bit more chi chi than eating it on the dock with shell still on.

    We miss you as travel buddies and hope the balance of the journey is eventful in a memorable happy way. Yes a tent and good food….. good priorities…

    1. Hi you two!

      Haha the Maine lobster is definitely a close second! And those lamb chops were pretty great too! 😉

      Good to hear from you. We had such a great time travelling with you and miss you all. Hope you’re enjoying your time in Amsterdam we’ll fly over you in a couple of hours on our way to Rome 🙂

      All the best!

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