Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I Feel at Home, Whenever the Unknown Surrounds Me

I am quickly realizing that keeping this blog updated at real time is very difficult, if not impossible.

Greetings, from Iceland.  After 30+ hours of traveling, Kirby and I were able to join Azmeer at about 5am in Reyjkavik.  Exhausted, over traveled and under rested - we passed out until 1pm and promptly hit the streets of Reyjkavik.

The surprisingly wonderful food of Iceland, lamb, mashed cod, dried fish, and of course, Hákarl

The first stop was Hallgrímskirkja, the giant concrete church in the center of the city.  We climbed to the top for a view of the tiny city and returned later in the evening to attend a concert on their 5200 piece pipe organ.

View facing West from Hallgrímskirkja.
The remainder of the day was spent wandering, eating amazing food, and watching the sun set at 11pm.  We then experienced the infamous "Reyjkavik nightlife" and met and drank with locals well into the night.

The next morning we headed to Þingvallavatn Lake in the Þingvellir National Park where we went diving/snorkeling in 34º water.  The site sits on the Silfra Crack which is a rift in the continental plates.  It is literally where the North American and Eurasian continents are tearing away from each other.  The water is glacial and takes 30 years to reach the site.  Because the water is glacial and near freezing the visibility is nearly 100%.  I don't yet have photos from the dive but this is more or less the idea:

Diving in Þingvallavatn Lake.
After another long night of drinking, we packed up the car and headed East to Höfn.   This was probably the most exhausting road trip I have ever taken.  The landscape here changes so quickly and is so alien that I was constantly saying, "Oh my god" and trying not to cry.  It gets exhausting, I drained my camera battery about an hour into the trip because I was taking photos of EVERYTHING.  
 Here are some highlights from the trip to drive out to Höfn:

Team Hákarl; Kirby, Laura, Mabel & Azmeer
Rock climbing at Skógafoss.

We never found out what it tasted like, my guess is Matt Damon.
Walking above Skógafoss.

Climbing above Skógafoss.

Family time at Skógafoss.

Skógafoss, proper.


Seljalandsfoss and Laura.

Top of Seljalandsfoss.
Lava fields covered in Icelandic moss.

Approaching Vatnajökull.

Frollicking outside of Reykjavík .

Icelandic sheep that Kirby pissed off.

Napping in the lava fields.  This was high on my "to do" list.  Worth the trip out here alone.

Grass roof.

Looking down from Skógafoss.

Icebergs coming down from Vatnajökull.
More icebergs coming down from Vatnajökull.
I will go into more details later, but right now we are about to go and climb this guy.


  1. Ahh!
    You look so good napping in the lava fields.
    Those waterfalls!
    You're such Cool Americans.

  2. Wow! keep those pictures coming girl. We'll toast your adventure with a shot of absinthe at family dinner tonight.


  3. So what exactly did Kirby do to piss off the sheep....or shouldn't I ask??????

  4. skdhfoieruenv;laowe japoiupaejhd!!!!

  5. thanks guys. i can't tell you how excited i am to be here. i am in love with every second that i am here. it is painful how beautiful it is here. the photos i am about to post are killer, we climbed the largest glacier in europe. what an amazing experience!!! photos to come!

  6. Hi Laura,
    Ilona sent me the link to your blog - what amazing photos! I always wanted to to Iceland for the northern lights and soak in the geothermal hot springs in one of those little igloos (Blue Lagoon) tossing back shots of schnapps and vodka. Maybe after your glacier hike :) So happy you have followed your dream to make this trip.
    xxoo libbie

  7. BAAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Matt Damon. oh. crap. Amy already said that...but it's funny. The photos are fantastic!! Did you catch an elf yet??