Iceland, September / October 2006
My first two drinks in the country: a bottle of one of the local
brews, and a pint of Arthur's finest.
view from my hotel window
last time I saw these planes was at Salthill Air Show in 2003
car you want as long as it's a Suzuki 4x4...
Colonel Saunders is a local hero for some reason. Must be the fast
Hallgrimskirkja, shining beacon to the lost souls of Reykjavik. By
which I mean a landmark to guide you home after runtur.
In an unusually unimaginative moment of weakness, the locals named
this piece of water "Pond".
Leaving the harbour for the whale-watching tour
A passing mountain
An inbound boat
Pathway to the sun
Whale-watching. There are some whales, but you can only see the dorsal
fin. That's all we saw, it's not just that my photography sucks. There
are also harbour porpoises, although you probably can't tell one fin
from the other. And there are gannets. And there's one oddball photo
in the middle where I moved the camera as I clicked the button, and
the shutter speed was fast enough that I ended up with a weird skew
instead of a blur.
one's specifically for the Lou Crew ;-)
View from the top of Hallgrimskirkja
one of the clock faces on Hallgrimskirkja
enterprising. Like the elevator music? We can sell it to you!
Part of the WWII bunker complex
View from the
hill that Perlan sits on
View from the observation deck on Perlan. Panorama Version.
A lost beer bottle (on top of Perlan)
Some sort of tribute to air-musicians everywhere
Exercise bench with instructions, in the middle of the woods
Laugavegur from the quiet end
One for Lou (and again with the weird skewing effect)
Kristo's über-Irish Coffee
Skiing mountain, except it's got no snow right now.
Random weirdly-shaped mountain
Geothermal power plant
Trying to capture the flat view in front of us, except we hit a bump
as I snapped
Didn't quite get the shot here; there was some regular mountainy rock,
with some bubbly volcanic rock stuck to it.
The doorway on the rock is for the Little People.
An odd-looking mountain. Looks almost like Ayers Rock.
Flooded volcano crater.
Me, standing on the edge of the crater. Note that my strongly-styled
hair is being blown out of shape on account of the severe gusts.
Some sort of cairn
Strokkur, doing what geysers do best
When Geysers Collapse: a hot spring
A glacier (look closely)
Gullfoss (with incidental Waider)
A glacier (look closely again)
Another should-be-panorama shot of a random waterfall
panorama attempt, and yes I was going for the lens-flare look,
although I didn't quite realise that the clipping for the
directly-into-the-sun shot would be black.
There's a church with elven towers in this photo. I've got a closer
shot of it further down, but for the first few days I kept failing to
find it, only ever seeing it from this vantage point.
The Celtic Cross, the Irish pub I didn't spend more than a pint
in. What's funnier is the place next door: Finnegan's undertakers,
which advertises "Discreet Service" in the window.
According to my Guidebook, this building looks like it's flipping the
bird to the rest of the city.
Yay! Elven church! (I finally found it)
Weird graffiti. It was painted over the very next day.
When I asked the machine for an ice-cold coke, I wasn't being literal
about the ice...
Me and my horsey friend.
Much of Iceland is made up of this: pumice.
Theory vs. Practice. The geothermal beach instructional sign, and the
beach itself, displaying slightly different takes on reality.
Illustrating, poorly, the joke: if you get lost in an Icelandic
forest, stand up so that people can see you.
Field of Geese, a Kevin Costner movie coming to theatres near you.
Blue Lagoon, various shots of.
Iceland welcomes careful drivers
Another weird skewing effect
Another sunset shot (check that golden sky)
Hallgrimskirkja by night
Clouds over the mountains
Frank (near) and Kristo (far)
It was a beautiful moon, but I was a little too tired to hold the
camera steady. Goodbye, Iceland.