Category Archives: Iceland

Iceland’s Columns of Black Basalt

Vik's basalt columns - close

Iceland’s columns of black basalt that occur naturally across the island, seem to have entered the collective subconscious of its people, for they are replicated as a motif in the art and architecture of the country. If ever there were architecture inspired by landscape, it would be Iceland’s. Let’s start with the occurrence of basaltic […]

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Icelandic Whimsy

Troll head

Icelandic whimsy seems to come from some part of  the national character that appreciates absurdity combined with a dollop of humor. We observed certain delicious bits of unexpected whimsy in subtle ways throughout the country. For a number of years I lived in northern Alberta, which has a very severe winter climate, low temperatures and […]

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Meals to Love in Iceland, Or Not

Loki Cafe

There were many meals to love in Iceland, or not, as the case may be. I’d say, however, that we’ll remember three particular meals in our ten days on the island as being truly outstanding. After leaving Reykjavik, we took a leisurely drive to Eyrarbakki a village on the south coast. Formerly a major fishing […]

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Things to Know About Iceland


There are a number of things to know about Iceland before you go. Each country has its own personality, and none is more distinct than Iceland’s. Historical connections with Denmark and Norway color patterns and views, but topography probably matters most. Truly it’s the land of fire and ice. Geologically young, it’s an island constantly […]

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Iceland, Here We Come

plane to Iceland

Iceland, here we come! A week from now I’ll be with two of my daughters in the geothermal wonderland called Iceland. The itinerary I’ve created includes soaking in hot pots, walks behind waterfalls to a volcano, snorkeling in the fissure between continental plates, hiking a glacier, taking a sea cruise, riding Icelandic horses, and trying […]

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