Category Archives: Huldúfolk

Slow Travel: The Black Beaches of East Iceland Coming to Life

Iceland is a country best explored slowly, and on foot.

Krosshöfði

When it is called “a beautiful country,” it means that every step is beautiful. Easy does it.

It comes to life as you walk through it, changes you, and remains within you.

Trolls and Invasive Species

Icelanders started playing around with imported North American lupines a couple generations go, to try to stop erosion. The things do stop the land from blowing away, and they are mighty beautiful, for sure, but they’re also a bone of contention, as they change the colour palette of the landscape profoundly and reduce the number of species that can thrive. Nonetheless, it remains an uncertain tradeoff, with some people planting lupines and others tearing them out. One of the species that doesn’t mind is the Icelandic Troll. Here’s one who seems to be thriving among the beautiful weeds.

Strutágil