Travel & Reviews

A Little Book about Icelandic Elves. Because I had to.

March 30, 2015

If there is one thing about the Icelanders that the foreign media LOVES to chew on it is the fact that we all supposedly believe in elves. And if there is one thing that irks just as many of us here, is the way that elf belief is misrepresented to serve as click bait. These endless articles have become […]

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What is happening in Bárðarbunga – in layman’s terms

September 7, 2014

The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service [RÚV] recently had an excellent and easy to understand explanation of the forces at work in Bárðarbunga, the caldera beneath Vatnajökull glacier that has been repeatedly mentioned in connection with the current eruption in Holuhraun. I’ve taken the liberty of translating it for the edification of those who don’t speak Icelandic and perhaps […]

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Day six: beautiful Rauðasandur and the westernmost part of Europe

June 18, 2014

It was the final day of our West Fjords adventure, and guess what happened. This: After five days of pretty exceptional weather, we woke up to rain and, most annoyingly, FOG. Over there, across the sea, you would normally see mountains. On that day, they were completely obscured. That threw a bit of a wrench in our […]

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Day five: paradise and waffles in the middle of nowhere

June 17, 2014

In which we barrel along on our road trip of the amazing West Fjords.  Having spent half of Sunday in Ísafjörður we hit the road again, this time due south. We weren’t headed far, only a couple of fjords down to Dýrafjörður – more specifically to Núpur, which for decades was a parsonage and also […]

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Day four: lovely Ísafjörður and some unexpected tangible history

June 16, 2014

We left off last post where EPI and I were driving from Djúpavík to Ísafjörður, via Hólmavík. We arrived in Ísafjörður pretty late, the drive being quite a distance – all that threading of fjords in and out, back and forth. The area we drove through is known as Djúpið – “the deep” – because […]

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Day 3: More on the the enchantment of Djúpavík

June 15, 2014

Day 3 of our stupendous West Fjords excursion, ostensibly undertaken to distribute a book but really mostly just for having a fabulous time in amazing surroundings.  We started the day in Djúpavík, a minuscule town in Strandir, most famous for its humongous abandoned herring factory. Djúpavík is a fascinating place. Its best-known residents are Eva and […]

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Day two: sublime pool, dramatic Djúpavík and a factory that defies all logic

June 15, 2014

Day 2 of our superexcellent West Fjords adventure: We woke up to the sound of birdsong in our lovely, compact cottage in Trékyllisvík. Got up and went for a run along the gravel road (the roads are pretty rudimentary around here), after which we drove the short distance to Krossnes for the express purpose of […]

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Day one of our West Fjords tour: necro pants, scary landscapes and idyllic pastures

June 13, 2014

Day 1 – Thursday, June 12 Our plan was to leave Reykjavík early-ish to get to Strandir, on the West Fjords, as soon as possible. However, since we had to stop to pick up some booze necessary provisions on the way out, it was actually 12.30 pm by the time we were on our way. We drove […]

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We are off to the West Fjords

June 12, 2014

Well as the Germans say, “tomorrow it is so far” – meaning it the time has come for Yours Truly to take off on a road trip to the wonderful West Fjords to drop off books and generally have a marvellous time. If you have not yet explored the West Fjords you are missing out on an […]

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I’m exploring Iceland and you are cordially invited

June 3, 2014

I’m gearing up for the mother of all trips around Iceland this June and July! [Not really.] [The mother bit.] [I am going on a trip, though.] The plan is for me and EPI [husband] to travel the West Fjords first, up along the eastern coast [an area known as Strandir, or “Shores”], then veer […]

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