Those of you that haven´t decided where to go on a summer holiday, what about Iceland? Well, I know it´s expensive and you can´t guarantee sunshine and warm weather even and there are no white beaches and palm trees. In fact there are not so many trees at all unless in people gardens and you can experience a snowstorm in June!
But you will see something unique and maybe visit places like this, set at the base of a spectacular canyon with a beautiful river running through it. there will be peace and quiet and if you climb to the top of one of the surrounding cliffs or mountains you will see the wide open spaces with the coastline at one side and glaciers at the other.
An evening in June. The sun is hovering over the horizon until long after midnight, dips down for a few minutes and starts to rise again
On evenings like this you don’t want to go to sleep. If you are traveling in Iceland at that time of the year, don´t miss the summer nights. You can sleep when you come home :)
Find a quiet spot where you can be alone (you don´t have to travel far to find places like that here in Iceland) and just watch and listen and be at one with the nature and think about all the good things in life. Many people need that
Kálfshamarsvik, N-Iceland with it´s beautifully formed sea cliffs of columnar rock. Kálfshamarsvík was a fishing centre at the turn of the century, but was hit by the great depression and abandoned by 1940
It´s a bit out of the beaten track but very much worth the visit.
If you go to Iceland and have the time to go to places like this, I highly recommend you do so. The most popular tourist destinations are all beautiful places but there are hidden gems like this all over the country and for those of you that are not very keen on being herded like sheep, all going to the same places as everybody else in the same kind of buses at the same time having 20 minutes at each place, this is much more fun. Taking in the nature and the atmosphere at your own pace. Take your time, it´s worth it :)
This is an old photo of my friend Linda and her kids. It always makes me smile and really I don´t know why :)
It´s colorful and cheerful and I always loved visiting her to Eyrarbakki, the tiny village where she lives. Gossiping and drinking endless amounts of coffee and eating pancakes by the kitchen table
The old house in the background has now been lovingly restored and the lawn trimmed a bit :)
The northern lights have been very active for the past two weeks. Usually you don´t see them so bright over the city because of light pollution but not this night
Here they are dancing over Reykjavik in all it´s beauty with the mount Esja in the background. Those who have witnessed the magic of the northern lights know how mesmerizing they can be. You just stand and stare up to the sky with your mouth wide open in amazement like an idiot. But I can understand people who travel halfway across the globe just to see this
It was bound to happen sooner or later, a photo of my cat! And here he is in all his cuteness sleeping on a sunny window sill. A huge white Maine Coon cat called Snjólfur
Actually he is a perfect model as he sleeps since he is deaf and it doesn´t matter at all what goes on around him, he sleeps just like a baby
Another advantage for him being deaf is that he loves the vacuum cleaner and when I vacuum the floor I vacuum the cat as well, much less hair on the furniture :)
When you loose one ability you may gain another so all is not just bad. He may be alone in his silent world sometime but he has all the love and care he can wish for and I think he´s just happy watching the world go by outside the window in between eating and sleeping and getting his belly scratched
On this night the full moon was so bright it was almost like having a street light turned on. Not a cloud in the sky and the stars shining
To stand on a sea cliff´s edge far from any human habitation and watching the stars and the ocean and hearing it slamming on the rocks below is amazing. You forget everything else and you can´t help thinking of how small you are in the universe
Last night was a magnificent one. The weather was cold and still, not a cloud in the sky and the full moon was shining bright. Then, just before midnight the sky came alive with northern lights all over the place
Thousands of people come here every winter to witness the northern lights and those who have been here for the past few days have been very lucky
We tend to think nothing of it, we see it many times every winter but for those living further south witnessing something like this maybe a once in a lifetime experience. But I love the northern lights and can´t get enough of them :)
Here´s another one from my recent trip up north. The golden light of sunset coloring the rocks yellow
The sea cliffs of columnar rock make all kinds of beautiful patterns only nature can create over thousands of years.
Imagine how many natural wonders have been destroyed by man? Let´s try our best to protect the ones we still have
I recommend looking at this photo in larger size to see clearly this amazing rock formations :)
Near the village of Vik, south Iceland lies a small enclosed canyon, sheltered on all sides by steep, moss-covered vertical mountains. The floor of the canyon is a grassy plain, about the size of an American football field, which serves as a camping site. For the less adventurous, nine recently built, snug pine huts are also available for hire
A lovely little freshwater stream trickles though the camping site and in front of the houses and the surrounding landscape is spectacular. A hiker´s paradise
You will see all manner of weird and wonderful rock formations, scenic panoramic views that go on forever and even the remains of no less than two movie sets, Beowulf and the American tv show Game of Thrones, parts of which were filmed right here