Iceland

Some of my favourite photos from a recent trip to Iceland. It is a shockingly photogenic country, so I ended up taking many more photographs than I had any right to. It took a few months to organize all of the nearly four thousand photos and get them online – but better late than never!

We arrived in early April, at the very cusp of spring. There had been a a terrible snowstorm the week prior, but the weather cleared up beautifully by the time we touched down at Keflavik airport. The landscape literally sparkled as we drove into the capital city of Reykjavik.
 
Highway to Reykjavik
 
 
The rugged, windswept town of Vík, on the southernmost tip of the island.
 
Vik, on the south coast of Iceland
 
 
Skeiðará Bridge Monument: These twisted girders are all that remains of a bridge that was wiped out by a massive flood in 1996.
 
Monument to a flood-wrecked bridge

 
 
Glacier hike.
 
Glacier Hike

 
 
The path to Svartifoss.
 
Hiking to Svartifoss

 
 
Svartifoss.
 
Svartifoss Panorama

 
 
We got one really good clear night during the trip, and I took my first picture of an aurora!
 
Aurora

 
 
Mosses and lichens.
 
Moss Landscape

 
 
Glacier Lagoon.
 
Glacier Lagoon

 
 
As Icelanders flock to the capital city of Reykjavik, the countryside is spotted more and more with abandoned farm houses.
 
Abandoned Homestead

 
 
Many of these abandoned houses have become gigantic grafitti canvasses.
 
Abandoned House

 
 
Evening sky in Egilsstaðir.
 
Iceland Sunset

 
 
A bridge in the barren lava fields of north-eastern Iceland.
 
Bridge

 
 
Tourists dash through thick clouds of steam that pour out from the ground at the Hverir geothermal fields, near Lake Myvatn.
 
Steam Pots

 
 
Non-stop rain and wind can put a wet blanked on even the most exciting vistas.
 
Rainy Day

 
 
Akureyrei, the second-largest city in Iceland.
 
Akureyrei

 
 
Akureyrarkirkja church in Akureyrei.
 
Akureyrei Church

 
 
Something something mountains out of molehills.
 
Mountains

 
 
Hólmavík
 
Holmavik

 
 
East coast of Iceland.
 
Iceland East Coast

 
 
Stykkishólmur village.
 
Stykkisholmur

 
 
Lava fields.
 
Lava Fields

 
 
View of Kirkjufell from the less-famous angle … not quite as impressive.
 
Kirkjufell

 
 
The whole country is leaking like a sieve.
 
Waterfalls Everywhere

 
 
Touring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the long western arm of Iceland.
 
Touring the Peninsula

 
 
A house in the cliffs.
 
Cliff House

 
 
Departing from Landeyjahöfn on the ferry to the Westman Islands.
 
Shoreline

 
 
Heimaey, the largest (and only populated) island in the Westman archipelago, is famous for Puffin spotting. Everything is puffin-branded.
 
Westman Islands Signpost

 
 
In 1973, Eldfell volcano suddenly erupted, nearly destroying Heimaey and forcing the evacuation of the Westman Islands. Forty years later, the site of the eruption is still a barren, hellish moonscape.
 
Moonscape

 
 
Þingvellir, an enormous rift valley northeast of Reykjavik, the site of Iceland’s historic parliament and the official boundary between the North American and European continental plates.
 
Þingvellir

 
 
Near Grindavik.
 
Camouflage

 
 
The excellent Café Bryggjan, in Grindavik.
 
Café Bryggjan, in Grindavik

 
 
 

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