Iceland v New Zealand

Before travelling to Iceland a Kiwi friend who’d been said it looked a lot like New Zealand. Which turned out to be true in many ways, not in others. They’re both amazing places, I’d recommend visiting both, but if you had to choose between them here are some things to consider. I’ve shown a couple…

Highlights of Iceland

Greener and with more trees than expected, Iceland is a wonderful place for those interested in what nature can do, from magnificent waterfalls to otherworldly geothermal activity. I spent ten days there travelling the ring road around the island, here were the highlights. Þingvellirm Not just one of the most historic sites in the country,…

Things I learnt about Iceland

Iceland is a wonderful country. As usual when travelling I love to immerse myself in the history, culture and landscape of a place. Here are some of the things I learnt in my ten days there. It’s got the wrong name Iceland and Greenland should swap their names. Iceland is surprisingly temperate, with ice only…

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Jutting out from the West Coast of Iceland, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is home to an impressive coastline, epic even by Iceland standards. Stykkisholmur The northern side of the peninsula is home to a number of picturesque fishing towns. Stykkisholmur is the largest, home to an impressive headland past the harbour, and a number of historic…

Icelandic Waterfalls

Iceland is a waterfall lovers dream, as glacier water pours off the landscape throughout the country. Gullfoss One the most impressive waterfalls I’ve seen (though Niagara Falls is pretty big!), aided by unusual Icelandic sunshine creating some wonderful rainbows, including directly across the footpath! Seljalandsfoss No sun, so no rainbows this time, but rain and…

Akureyri

Known as Iceland’s second city, despite it being the fourth largest, Akureyri is a diverting spot for a few hours, though not much more. It does have a beautiful setting though, on the shores of a rather large fjord in Northern Iceland. Akureyri Museum A good place to start as the permanent exhibition downstairs covers…

Iceland from the road

Travelling around Iceland involves a lot of time on the road, it’s a bigger place than you might imagine. It’s the size of Scotland and Wales combined, with somewhat few roads, and a fraction of the population. Moving vehicles and photography aren’t usually a great combination but being on a bus, armed with my telephoto…