Jul 17, 2016

Land of Fire and Ice

Eddie and I journeyed to what truly felt like the center of the earth, to a land of Vikings, elves, hidden people and trolls in Iceland! It was a magnificent minefield of explosive energy and by far one of the most unique landscapes all-around we've had the pleasure of visiting.
We drove the ring road and our first stop was Vik, a southern village in Iceland where we spent some time on the black-sandy shore of Reynisfjara
Can you see the dog peeking up at me (bottom center of frame)?
These impressive basalt columns are formed by the cooling of lava flow
According to legend, two night-trolls attempted to drag a three-masted ship to land but were caught by the dawn and turned to stone as daylight broke
I fell in love with the Icelandic horses which almost resemble ponies because of their smallish size. Apparently they are one of the oldest and purest of equine breeds in the world. Originally brought to Iceland by Vikings
I could lay here all-day
first dinner in Iceland was delicious!
We stumbled upon this glacial lagoon around 11 pm and just sat there in the blue of "night" and took in the mesmerizing scene as icebergs floated by
endless picturesque views as we drove along the ring road
We made our way to Reykjavik and saw this beautiful exhibit, The Weather Diaries at The Nordic House by artists Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer who collaborated with different designers from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands
(above image © Cooper & Gorfer)
As we walked inside, I got chills from this incredible hand-made dress from designers Gudrun & Gudrun
We also visited the National Gallery of Iceland where we saw this sculpture by Berlinde de Bruyckere
as well as these self-portraits and text works by Jona Hlif
"I dream of a man dressed in an Icelandic wool sweater and naked from the waist down playing the accordion while I beat him with a dry fish"
No trip to Iceland is complete without visiting the Blue Lagoon!
They provide silica masks while you soak in the warm geothermal waters
I made several self-portraits while exploring this magical land, here are some of my favorites
Until we meet again Iceland!