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July 2010

Best of Reykjavík: Casual dining

Time for another Best of Reykjavík post! OK, by “casual dining” I mean going out to a place where you can walk in off the street wearing whatever clothes you happen to have on BUT you actually sit down, look at a menu and get served by a proper waiter or waitress. In other words, […] Read more

The magical mystique of Landmannalaugar

I’ve been lucky enough to go on two amazing excursions with Reykjavík Excursions this month — one of which was a tour up to Landmannalaugar that AAH and I took in early July. Some of you may recall a trip that EPI and I took to Landmannalaugar in September last year. That was my first […] Read more

So, as per my last post, I headed down to the Nordic House today where Björk, Jón Þórisson and Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir — the three people behind the formal appeal to Iceland’s parliament that I wrote about here — had called a press conference. I got there at the last minute, and the lobby was […] Read more

Björk calls a press conference

… and when Björk speaks, everyone listens.* It’s about the HS Orka and Magma deal. Something about introducing a petition. I’m heading down there now and will live Tweet if I can get online. Laters! * In Niceland, at least.

If you’re in Reykjavík this summer and want to see some live theatre, here’s a show I can recommend: Cellophane, performed in English at the beautiful Iðnó theatre [located in an wooden house on the banks of Tjörnin pond]. Cellophane is a one-woman show — that is, it’s a monologue, performed by a single actress […] Read more

Picture ~ story

Here’s a photo taken on my trip to Snæfellsnes today … This rather obscene looking rift is located at one of the islands on Breiðafjörður bay.* In centuries past, it was used for hanging people. A plank would be placed across the rift and the unfortunate individual hung inside the rift. The body was then […] Read more

Off for some magic exploration

This is where I’m going today. We’re going to be doing this, which means we’ll be seeing all of this from the other side. It’s one of Iceland’s most stunning locations, and it’s set to be another gorgeous day. Expect pictures!

Foolproof heatwave remedy

Heard today, in response to the amazing weather we’ve been having: “The best thing about a heat wave in Iceland is that, if it gets too hot, all you need to do is move to the north side of the house.”

Hook me up to The Wire

EPI and I finished watching Season 1 of The Wire this evening. The Wire got a fair bit of exposure around here this spring when our new mayor said he would refuse to work with any political party that had not watched all five seasons of it. [Think I’m kidding?] I’d had it on my […] Read more

Strokkur in slow-mo

Someone posted this video to the Reykjavík Excursions Facebook page — it’s the geyser Strokkur erupting in slow motion. Pretty cool! And while we’re on the subject, just a quick recap: our Golden Circle tour from a couple of weeks ago. Alas, my rudimentary video is not nearly as good as the one above!