Tag Archives: storm

The Cats of Akureyri

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.

Fasten Your Seat Belts! The winds are here.

When the winds blow in the winter gales, even statues get strapped in for the ride!


That’s the way it is in Hellissandur! But when the storm lifts, ah, then the whole world dances.

Above Hellissandur

Every day, the world shifts between gold and blue.

Looking East from Buðir in a Strong Gale

This is it’s great message in the wind.


The Storms of the North Atlantic? Not so fast!

Iceland sits in water, lots of water, and storm races across it, but that’s not the same as saying that the snows of an Icelandic winter are a curse from the sea. It’s the mountains that make them, and the latitude, at the top of the world.

They even channel and intensify the wind! Iceland is not, you see, exactly shelter.

Walking Away from the Waterfall

Waterfalls collect travellers and then let them go.

p1340919Iceland lives off of this desire . Storms are an older form of commerce. They bring kelp, fish and sea wrack through the white ring of surf (or fate) that surround the black land. They also bring light.

stormI am learning to walk away from the waterfall. I am not disappointed.

curveEvery minute, the light changes. I’ve been watching that . By early evening (3 pm), the water flowing out of the land’s pastures is blood
fencepoolA gorgeous, non-human blood. Life is an art.

p1340934 p1340981 p1350339 p1350456 p1350494Nature is a drug that makes us walk past the dark, as if it were not telling us where we live and what is coming to us on the tide.