Category Archives: Iceland

Bárður’s valley. This long and narrow valley in north Iceland spans 30 miles and takes its name after the first settler Gnúpa-Bárður. The glacial river Skjálfandafljót runs through, punctuating its flow in two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, namely, Aldeyjarfoss and Goðafoss. Some of the world’s finest woollen sweaters are made in Bárðardalur, […]

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Life in the sub-Arctic North. Some years ago a ferocious storm left me Stranded in Strandir. There is only one track into and out of the area, and in the winters it is cleared once a week unless there is an emergency. Photographers out shooting in snowstorms are not considered an emergency unless there is […]

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An orographic study. Two iconic mountains: Vaðalfjöll in the West and Þóristindur in the south-central Highlands of Iceland. Like so many other mountains in Iceland, these present markedly different profiles depending on the viewing direction. In the image below, can you descry the two human figures atop Vaðalfjöll?      

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Light that sings. In northern Iceland the sun barely sets in the days leading to and after the summer solstice. The honey-dipped rays of the low sub-Arctic sun around midnight is a sublime experience.      

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