ÍS: Snæfellnes and Surrounding Area

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When I returned to Iceland for two weeks last August to participate in a manuscript editing seminar, I brought along my youngest brother, who hadn’t gotten a chance to visit me while I was living in Iceland. After the course was over, we took three or four-day trip to the Golden Circle and all around the Snæfellsnes peninsula. I didn’t take too many pictures since I’d just been through the area a few months earlier with another visiting friend, but here’s what I’ve got!

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reykjanes15 [35mm shot with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of southwest Iceland.]

ÍS: Reykjanes Peninsula

 

reykjanes29 I told you I still had Iceland pictures up my sleeve! I moved back home from Iceland in early June 2015, but I went back for two weeks in August to attend an intensive masterclass on manuscripts. I brought my youngest brother along with me (thus finally getting to explore Iceland with every member of my immediate family individually). I spent most of the time in the reading room of the manuscript institute, but did get out to see a bit of the countryside. These pictures are all from a great day trip the class took through the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland (the area where Keflavík Aiport is).

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The Reykjanes pensinsual is full of lava fields, tiny towns, sulfurous steam vents, bubbling geothermal spots, and an epic coastline. It was actually one of the few parts of Iceland I had not explored before moving, so it was great to see something new. At this point, it’s been over a year since I moved home, and I will admit I am sorely missing Iceland and Europe in general.

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[35mm shot with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of southwest Iceland.]

Happy Friday! Here’s some Páll Óskar to get your weekend started right

Happy Friday. Here’s the Icelandic king of pop performing at the crazy music festival that happens every year in the Westman Island in the south of Iceland. I’m missing Iceland something terrible this week, and belting out Páll’s songs as I drive through Nashville makes it just a little better. Enjoy.

ÍS: Arnastapi Cliffs

snae8Cliffs on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in southwest Iceland.

snae [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my May 2015 trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. Click here for more pictures of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.]

ÍS: Lava Fields on the South Coast

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One of the crazy geological features that makes Iceland’s landscape so unique are the lava fields. You’ll find them around the many volcanoes, dormant and active, throughout Iceland. Most are covered in the moss that grows everywhere in Iceland.

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ÍS: Driving to Seyðisfjörður

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Seyðisfjörður is one of my favorite little towns in Iceland. Tucked into a cozy valley at the base of a fjord, this artsy community is full of color and quirk. The drive there from Egilsstaðir (a rather mundane city) has merit on its own. A drive up over a mountain provides spectacular views of Egilsstaðir (pictures 3-5), a mountain plateau covered in snow most of the year (above and below), a stunning waterfall (picture 6), and breathtaking views of Seyðisfjörður from above (last two photos).

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my May 2015 trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. Click here for more pictures of East Iceland.]

ÍS: Wild Reindeer in Southeast Iceland

iceland22 Title pretty much says it all. We pulled in somewhere in the southeast to try and get closer to a herd of reindeer. What a sight. I’d actually seen a few reindeer in 2014 when my boyfriend and I took a little road trip up to Lapland in Finland (although they look like a different breed).

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iceland25 [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my May 2015 trip around Iceland’s Ring Road.]

ÍS: Geothermal Wonders at Hverarondor Hverir

Hverarondor-Hverir4 Iceland’s environment is so unique in the world. A volcanic island so close to the Arctic Circle, it has some pretty extreme natural attractions. One site I’d never managed to see before my May Ring Road trip this year was Hverarondor Hverir. Hverir is a geothermal area with boiling mudpits and steaming fumaroles (essentially steam vents on the surface- click here to see video of this place).

 

Hverarondor-Hverir2 Hverir is just south of the Krafla caldera (pronounced “krahp-la), a large area of intense geothermal activity, some of which is harnessed by the Krafla power plant. The whole area is pretty desolate, and a drive through this otherworldly landscape is really awe-inspiring. Other locations in Iceland great for this kind of thing are 1) the Hveravellir Nature Reserve accessible only by the highland F-roads and 2) several geothermal spots on the more accessible Reykjanes peninsula in the southwest (I’ll be posting photos of this at some point in the next month or so).

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ÍS: South Coast of the Westfjörds

iceland10 A few spectacular sights seen as we drove along the southern coast of the Westfjords on our way to Látrabjarg.

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iceland11 [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of northwestern Iceland. Click here for more pictures from my late May 2015 Ring Road Trip.]