Category Archives: tourism

The Circle of Life in Arnarstapi

Arnarstapi is marketed as a quaint fishing village. What that means is tour busses from Reykjavik dropping off crowds, who line up at the fish and chips shop, not that fish and chips is anything other than a British dish, but what the heck.

Here’s the fishing fleet in the harbour. In the depleted seas, it survives by catching fish for the fish and chips shop.

What Is Puffin Philosophy Anyway?

Yesterday I showed an image of a couple of puffin philosophers in Borgarfjörður Eystri. Now a glimpse of some of their concerns. Because puffins erode their hillsides (and have to move on), the  community has laid down netting to prevent them from digging just a wee bit too much. The result is a near perfect mathematical placement, likely related to the reach of a human’s arms.

A puffin could complain, but the alternative is to be gobbled up by invasive minks, also brought by humans. The project is financed by people donating to this benevolent intervention. Not that that will stop the puffins from deliberating over it for years, of course.

Iceland is Not a Road

A camper promises freedom but on narrow roads can be a liability.

Just another second on Highway 1 east of Vík í Myrdal in the new Iceland

Where are you going to stop? Not with the elf birds.

You already passed them an hour ago, or you will an hour from now.

An Elf in His Horse Pasture

The real trick is to find both of those times to be the same.

 

Reykjavik Will Be Your Tomato

An Icelandic barn at Selvogur, on the Atlantic,

The Icelandic barn as presented to tourists in Reykjavik. Notice the red logo and the warm red roof, and the cold Icelander you just probably want to take home and warm up with some tomato soup.

No problem. Money will solve that.

Stir it all up together in the pot and what do you get? Well, this June, it was an American barn, teleported downtown.

All this has an effect on the eternal soul.