Out and About in Akureyri, Iceland

We noticed a lot of similarities between Akureyri (Iceland’s second largest urban area) and Reykjavík. And we discovered a few things that made our time in Akureyri truly memorable – including a visit to the public laundry!


Hiking Iceland: Hverfjall

For a relatively short hike, the trail from Reykjahlíð to Dimmuborgir via the rim of Hverfjall offers up a great mix of scenery. Highlights include the opportunity to look down into a massive tuff ring volcano crater and the panoramic view of Mývatn studded with lava pillars and pseudocraters. Rising over 300 m from the surrounding landscape and stretching more than a km wide,…


Exploring Iceland: Mývatn Region

Roughly speaking, Iceland is about 1% of Canada’s size, so when we started thinking about a family vacation in Iceland we figured two weeks would be long enough to give us a pretty good sense of Iceland’s culture, landscape and economy. And it was. But for some areas, like the Mývatn region, we simply didn’t allocate enough…


Hiking Iceland: Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon

After a good night’s sleep, we began our 2-day exploration of the Mývatn region with a hike along the west side of Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon. The trailhead parking was near Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. And while Dettifoss and the nearby Selfoss were impressive, this was our least favourite hiking experience in Iceland. It would be…


Exploring Iceland: Central Highlands

We stopped at more than a dozen locations during our two days of photo touring in the heart of Iceland’s Highlands. The landscape is remarkable: contrasting bright green mosses and lichens against a background of black lava rock and sand; glacial rivers and highland tarns; isolated fishing lakes nestled between rolling hills; waterfalls and more. We enjoyed composing traditional landscapes, panoramas and more abstract interpretations of the land. These two days confirmed we made the right call engaging a photo guide / driver for much of our time in Iceland. Thanks, Haukur!