Roadtrip : Iceland
Some landscapes & personal images from a recent trip to Reykjavik, Geysir and the Black Beach at Vik
My partner and I took our 2 year old to Iceland over our birthdays in Spring this year. It’s not called ICEland for nothing. I managed to pack no gloves or jumper or waterproofs for myself. Nice. So yeah, that was a bit baltic (not geographically but aye). I’ve wanted to visit Iceland for a very long time. Probably since being a teenager listening to Sugarcubes Stick Around For Joy! I’ve always thought of it as a more intense version of Scotland, like if we were caffeine based drinks (??!!) Scotland’s a banging cup of tea and Iceland would be a shot of espresso, if you get me. We’ve got loads in common – beautiful landscapes, freezing beaches, a love of a fine knit, folklore, a vitamin D deficiency for part of the year… Like driving through Glencoe but the landscapes and weather are so much more changeable and extreme.
With only a week in the snow with a toddler we didn’t get to adventure as I’d have liked. There are still a million spots I’d love to see and I might just have to go back soon. Hopefully next time our very kind host for our stay in Vik will actually be there too and not working in Edinburgh!
A bunch of barren beautiful harsh landscapes which change every 2 seconds, it feels super quiet and remote. Driving for hours getting lost in your thoughts until you are suddenly in Instagramland with so many people. I wanted to take a million pictures too as it’s a stunning place but also just wanted to shout at everyone and say ‘why don’t we all put the cameras and phones down and suck up the amazing geology and just be present for a minute’. I did a bit of the being present and the getting lost papping everything. That black beach has hypnotic icy waves.
We liked Laundromat Cafe and Laugardalslaug Swimming Pool in Reyjavik, Geysir, the black beach (and the cafe with the smiley face on the side – see the photos, not sure if that’s intended or not- yummy apple cake), Kex Hostel and the few Icelanders we met. I’d have loved to get more chat with those folks, next time…
I’m also planning to make some of the landscapes (and some from my trip to Morrocco last year – Medina, Jardin Majorelle and Fellah Hotel galleries) into fine art paper giclee prints. If you’d be interested in ordering one email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send over some further information.
roadtrip : Iceland