Rams / Hrutar

Three years ago - exactly - I was in Iceland. The Google Photos app on my phone reminded me of that this morning, presenting me with a lovely collection of photographs from a memorable week I spent there. It was terrific to revisit the glaciers, the hot baths, the volcanoes, the landscape (etc) on exactly the [...]

So Much In Such A Small Space

Lake south of Reykjavik

“This is my favourite spot in the whole of Reykjavik”, Jon told me as we looked out towards the lighthouse. Located just a few minutes drive from the centre of town, it was almost as if you were in the countryside. “When I was young, you could come here and no one else was around. [...]

Extreme Iceland

On the beach near the village of Vik in South East Iceland. We were hoping to see the basalt formations in the ocean, but the weather turned bad quickly. We still had lots of fun. It was quite an experience.

There was a point half way through the day when I couldn't stop giggling. Along with the rest of the tour group, I was standing on a beach on the south east coast of Iceland. We were all very cold and it was snowing. The on-line brochure and accompanying research I'd done before-hand suggested clear [...]

Glacial Silence

Ice on the beach near the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland.

“It's so incredibly silent”, a fellow traveller said to me as we stood together, as part of a group of fourteen on a two-day bus tour of Southern Iceland. “Sometimes”, I replied with a smile, a reference to the constant chatter from many in the group. She smiled back. “We are standing on a bloody [...]

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Lifeguards patrol The Blue Lagoon

Twenty-something years ago I remember seeing a photograph in NME or Melody Maker (I can't remember which) of Damon Albarn from the group, Blur. The full-page photograph was of him swimming at The Blue Lagoon, outside Reykjavik. Over the next few months, I became somewhat obsessed with the photograph. I'd never heard of The Blue [...]

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

Not the penises of the Icelandic Men's Handball Team

“Ooooh mate, it's a crook one”, I heard the nearby bloke say (in a distinctly Australian accent), as he and his mate looked at the only “human exhibit” in the Phallological Museum of Iceland, or as I like to call it, “The Dick Museum”. The look on their faces said it all. It did look [...]

Before We Had Beer

Wine. How classy people get wasted.

“I'm not old enough to remember, as I was only thirteen years old when the law changed...” the barman told me when I asked what happened before the mid-1980s removal of the beer ban in Iceland. “But I do know”, he added, “we used to have light beer that people used to add vodka to, [...]

Reykjavik, Iceland

Gorgeous sculpture on the waterfront in Reykjavik

When you're in a new town or city, a place you've never been before, you should always head first to the main church and to the main public arts building. In towns and cities where there aren't too many sky-scrapers, the main church usually has an excellent view of the city. In a more modern [...]

From Amsterdam to Reykjavik

Not exactly sure where, but possibly some islands off the coast of Norway.

I wasn't entirely sure why the train trip from Amsterdam to Copenhagen would take fifteen hours. Leaving at 7.00pm on Sunday night and arriving at 10.00am Monday seemed like an awfully slow train. I booked it because it was the easiest, cheapest way for me to get from Amsterdam to Copenhagen. Yes, I know I [...]