Category Archives: tourism

Not Post Modern But Post Herring

What do you do with all those industrial plastic fish bins after they have been used to empty out the sea?

Egilsstaðir

You make a beach, that’s what you do — into a lake that is now severely compromised by hydroelectric dam run-off,  and  then  you  sell  it.

Something’s Fishy

I love Egilsstaðir, truly, precisely because it is not romantic.

Glacial Tongue @ the Global Warming Show

 

I thought I’d look up from the Glacial Lagoon …

… show of humans being beautiful for themselves and for each other by posing (warmly) within luxurious images of humanly-initiated global climate change…

… to see what the glacier thought of all this. Ah, well, look, I’m glad it did. The cheeky thing…

… was sticking its tongue out at us! Just a tiny bit. Between compressed lips.

Another Reason to Leave Reykjavik: Learning the Language of Water

If you stay in Reykjavik, vodka’s the thing. Drink that stuff and you might forget where you are.

But if you go halfway to the complete opposite end of the country, the water speaks at last, not with a bottle but with the words that grow still on the very bottom edge of the sky:

Lagarfljót, April

Your choice, between a bar full of travellers and the voices of trolls. Flights to Egilstaðir are cheap. Just $120 return. You could drop three times that much, just having dinner and drinks with a friend in town. Off you go.

 

Icelandic Knitting Patterns

You can keep warm with a good woven sheep.

As for sheep, they knit landscapes like this, in Breiðafjörður, one stitch at a time.

Nice  banding  work!

Nice  banding  work!

Suðurdalur

A labour of love.

It requires some skill with clambering and counting stitches.

Valpjofstaður

But sheep, ah, sheep…

… they seek out tears in the knitting.

Sheep are tricksters. You can find them there.

Ásmundarstataðá

In this way, you can stay warm dressed in the cold land.

Grund, November