Fast Fact: 10% covered by Glaciers, the land of Fire and Ice was one of the poorest countries in the world from settlement in 874 A.D. until the 1990’s where it developed into one of the wealthiest.
Iceland is beautiful. It has developed into a very modern and trendy place with Art, Music & Fish being it’s main exports. It is also world renown for it’s gastronomic delights. Yet it is one of the most rugged and inhospitable countries on the planet. You only have to go from the lava cave or volcano, to the glaciers and their 300 metre cauldrons or both together like Eyjafjallajökull (the 2010 eruption) which is a volcano underneath a glacier to realise how dangerous and beautiful this place can be at the same time.
Those who haven’t been to Iceland can’t necessarily understand what it is about this place, but those who have experienced the Aurora Borealis, Blue Lagoon, the people and most of all the landscape and history find it hard to decide to tell people, or keep it to themselves. Even if you can’t make it up to 66° North you can also share in the Saga’s of Vikings and ‘Hidden Folk’ about trolls and elves. But no-one believes in them here anymore. But the do ‘respect’ them!
I won’t explain every photo other than what is in the captions but I will say enjoy the photo’s taken below and hope that one day you get to enjoy the sights, sounds and food of this most wonderful of places.
My NYE photo’s have somewhat disappeared. Hopefully I’ll get them back.
First Blog here: Winter (Reykjavik) Wonderland
Second Blog here: Golden Circle
Taken from Te & Kaffe in Laekjargata Square, Reykjavik Iceland.
Government Offices on Laekjargata and King Christian ix on the left in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Toward the ‘arty’ side of town next to the town hall on Vonarstræti, Reykjavik.
Near Tjörnin this was just a snow filled scene that grabbed the eye.
Tjörnin Lake in Reykjavik toward the “nice” part of town
The part frozen Tjörnin Lake in Reykjavik.
Real 4 meter trees weighed down by snow. They don’t look real, but this is the photo without editing.
The Hilton Nordica carpark, Reykjavik
It’s 4:00 p.m., it’s dark, it’s snowing like crazy, but it’s worth it! Best Pylsur in town and one of the best (arguably) in the world.
The lake at Þingvellir National Park. It is sunrise for around 2 hours at the end of December.
Þingvellir at Dawn. Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Þingvellir National Park
Jane and Geoffrey at Þingvellir National Park
Gulfoss (Gold Falls) due to the sometimes golden look it can give when (or if) the sun ever reaches it. Notice the water has frozen falling down the shelf.
A landscape from Gulfoss, Iceland
A mountain overlooking Geysir
Strokkur during an eruption at Geysir. The sun is at it’s zenith at 1:30 p.m.
The steam of a Strokkur Eruption at Geysir, Iceland – The sun is at it”s zenith
The frozen lake of Tjörnin in the heart of Reykjavik is the perfect place for a perfect house.
I thought this gate looked pretty so I hope you like it!
East of the city from the very very very cold and windy tower of Hallgrímskirkja.
North of the city is Esjan (volcanic mountain ranges) and the Esja peninsula (above). Also taken from the tower of Hallgrímskirkja
The western side of Reykjavik is the main fishing port of the city. Taken from the icy pinnacle of Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrímskirkja is a dominated place and this view shows how it just towers over everything.
Rocket Ship to God? The Lutheran Church called Hallgrímskirkja in the centre and overlooking Reykjavik.
Leif Eriksson was actually the first person to discover America (before that Italian/Spanish Guy did).
The ceiling of Hallgrímskirkja
This is what a Christmas door looks like in Reykjavik