Icelanders dress quite practically. So do tourists. There’s one on the right, in Akureyri.
But 66 Degrees North knows that we all like brightness. It brings us in the door. Then we buy the dull stuff. This is complicated marketing! For example, this is what I came for in December:
And a couple times, this is what I got:
I was drawn into 66 North by the bright lights, but bought nothing. It’s a mysterious thing. Is it because Akureyri is only 65.8 degrees north? As for Reykjavik?
Well, that’s a mere 64 degrees north. What more needs to be said.
One dreams of climbing, but it’s winter in Iceland.
One plods, dressed for the moon.
First, a storm in Akureyri. Notice the extra cold lying about. Recycle. Endurvinna!
Easy. Dig that cold stuff up.
And dump it into the fjord.
This cools the Gulf Stream down. Much appreciated! Work on the sun is still in its early developmental phases.
Prototype Cool Sun at Akureyri College
In Akureyri, the sculpture catches the sky.
Granted, the sky is falling, but still. In Reykjavik, however, the catchers are caught by the light. Granted, the light is an artifice, but still.
Somehow, it is the same impulse, one that Icelanders have been walking in circles around for 1100 years, as they try to figure it out. Out on Snæfellsnes, one just gives up and leaves it as an open gesture…
…while on Vesturgata in Reykjavik, one tries to shelter from the cold of that gesture and ignore the frostbite on the nose.
These are deep mysteries. One can only rejoice at the courage with which they are met!
Right. Reykjavik has cats. Read all about the dears here: A Cat Lover’s Guide to Reykjavik. 20,000 cats in the Capital Region. And 19,000 humans up North in Iceland’s other great city. A coincidence? I think not. I think the cats of Akureyri keep humans. They are super sneaky. Do you see a cat in the image below?
No? That’s because she was just happy to let you know that she was out in the blizzard, and you, well, you weren’t, were you. Sorry, Capital Regioners. A victory for Akureyri here, by the looks of it.
There are many Icelands. Reykjavik, for instance, shows its pop culture face below.
Akureyri is more mysterious.
It’s Akureyri for me! You?
She settled on the hill in 1940.There was war.
She lights up the city even now.
Let’s hope she hangs around for a long time.
By loving her, we warm the cold.
Let her keep bringing us together.
Remember that summer light?
I think she misses the Akureyri Viking Store trolls, don’t you?
We arrived after the blizzard which made our trip to Iceland a long and winding one. When we arrived, only the first few streets in Akureyri were passable. It’ll be many days before normalcy returns. Our flight landed in drifting snow, with drifts on the runway, after a glorious flight over the highlands. It’s a good thing we picked a guest house right downtown, just in case of something like this! Here’s our view at 4 a.m.
As you can see, Akureyri is still beautiful. We have some washing to do, but drying is going to be a challenge. Here’s our clothesline.
Do note the lights. Yesterday afternoon, in all the small towns across the north, no one had any power at all, and all the roads were still locked down tight with avalanches, snow and drifts. But here in Akureyri, people were out and about. Piles of snow everywhere, and big machinery moving it around.
Kind of a city of mountains at the moment, as the winds (35 metres per second) blew it all off the mountains and left it in town. But Christmas shopping carried on, I got to shovel snow, and the cinema was open!
And the advent lights were in all the windows.
We came to find the darkness of winter. We also found its light.