Photographs of Snow and Ice

In the midst of a warm summer in Sydney, I've been watching friends post photographs of snow in Europe. Their photographs have inspired me to go looking for photographs from the past where I've experienced snow myself (which I love) taken in Sweden and Iceland. Walking on ice in Stockholm Glacier in Iceland Milesgarden in [...]

Rams / Hrutar

Three years ago - exactly - I was in Iceland. The Google Photos app on my phone reminded me of that this morning, presenting me with a lovely collection of photographs from a memorable week I spent there. It was terrific to revisit the glaciers, the hot baths, the volcanoes, the landscape (etc) on exactly the [...]

So Much In Such A Small Space

Lake south of Reykjavik

“This is my favourite spot in the whole of Reykjavik”, Jon told me as we looked out towards the lighthouse. Located just a few minutes drive from the centre of town, it was almost as if you were in the countryside. “When I was young, you could come here and no one else was around. [...]

Extreme Iceland

On the beach near the village of Vik in South East Iceland. We were hoping to see the basalt formations in the ocean, but the weather turned bad quickly. We still had lots of fun. It was quite an experience.

There was a point half way through the day when I couldn't stop giggling. Along with the rest of the tour group, I was standing on a beach on the south east coast of Iceland. We were all very cold and it was snowing. The on-line brochure and accompanying research I'd done before-hand suggested clear [...]

Glacial Silence

Ice on the beach near the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland.

“It's so incredibly silent”, a fellow traveller said to me as we stood together, as part of a group of fourteen on a two-day bus tour of Southern Iceland. “Sometimes”, I replied with a smile, a reference to the constant chatter from many in the group. She smiled back. “We are standing on a bloody [...]

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Lifeguards patrol The Blue Lagoon

Twenty-something years ago I remember seeing a photograph in NME or Melody Maker (I can't remember which) of Damon Albarn from the group, Blur. The full-page photograph was of him swimming at The Blue Lagoon, outside Reykjavik. Over the next few months, I became somewhat obsessed with the photograph. I'd never heard of The Blue [...]

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

Not the penises of the Icelandic Men's Handball Team

“Ooooh mate, it's a crook one”, I heard the nearby bloke say (in a distinctly Australian accent), as he and his mate looked at the only “human exhibit” in the Phallological Museum of Iceland, or as I like to call it, “The Dick Museum”. The look on their faces said it all. It did look [...]