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I found this mystical shot of the interior of Iceland that I'd forgotten I'd taken on my bizzare trip across the island last summer. In my opinion, it really captures the more esoteric aspect of this country.
Also, I've been writing in Iceland Eyes for almost a year now, so I thought I'd make a quick link list of some of the more informative posts, so all of you potential visitors will know more of what to expect when you come to our happy little island. Here goes:
Where to Get Good Coffee, Drinking Water, Driving in Iceland, What to Wear (see end of post), Quality Fleece, Taking Care of Your Silver Jewelry, Excursion Resouce, Swimming Pools, Bakeries are Expensive!, The High Cost of Alcohol, Pizza, Reykjavik with Kids, Buying Groceries, Places of Historical Interest, Iceland Airwaves Music Festival in October
That's it for now. You can of course use the blogger search field in the upper left corner of this page to grouse for more info. Or you can just read every single post I've written, can't you?
Wait, one more thing: Snoop Dogg is playing here on July 17th. You can book yourself a $2000 flight here from the States this summer via Icelandair (or a much more reasonably priced one from London Stansted or Copenhagen via Iceland Express) buy a ticket to the show starting June 7th at event.is and enjoy the novelty of seeing the Snoop on the Lava Rock. something too think about, anyway. If we weren't planning Frank Murder's West Coast Tour during that time, I'd definitely go!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another fantatic picture. Mamma

Anonymous said...

As you can see from the previous post, Maria Alva got her spelling abilities from her father not from her mother. He, Thor, keeps telling me that spellcheck is there for a reason.

Cy said...

Snoop.

Run, Iceland, Run!

Lynda said...

Fabulous photo! We have a small weird link here... Snoop Dogg's drummer is our church's drummer, too. Of course, when he's touring, his dad plays in his place. Thanks for sharing your pics - love 'em!

christopher said...

Amazing how two places so far apart can look similar? Just add a dusty yellow coloring to the photo for the rocks and dirt, a few dead shrubs here and there, turn the heater on to 105F / 43C and you would have something like one would see out in west Texas or northern Mexico in the summer.

Great photo.

Not sold on Snoop, but I'm sure it will be a great show for everyone to see.

Michèle said...

All of your photos are so beautiful.

Thanks for all of the links. They're very helpful.

XMOCHA! said...

thanks Maria, we are coming to Iceland on June 16 for our honeymoon. Would u like us to bring u anything from Malaysia, just a gesture for thanking you for enlightening us so much about your beautiful country.

SM

Maria Alva said...

To Mom: You got the math gene, remember?

Lynda...it is a small world after all, isn't it? Icelanders learn that pretty early on...it seems that a population of 300,000 is just large enough that you are always meeting new people, but small enough that those new people know people you know. Or are your cousins. See, here in Iceland six degrees of separation brings you back to Erik the Red! (As I've mentioned before, I'm only one degree from Kevin Bacon as once, in Seattle in the early Nineties, he flipped his feathered locks in my direction. True story.)

Cy: About Snoop, I think he's super-sly and very funny, West Coast style. ;-)

To Christopher: my parents had an elderly Icelandic woman as a houseguest in California once who, as they took her on the grand scenic tour, commented on each and every natural wonder they saw with "thisreminds me exactly of back home," with a tinge of distain. Dad wondered why she even bothered to travel at all!

But she was right and you are right: in nature, as in life, the more things change, the more they stay the same!

To xmocha!: Ooohh, I think I'll just go ahead and put in a request for a nice big serving of Malaysian sunshine, if you don't mind!

Be sure to let me know if you have any last-minute questions before, or if you need anything while you are here! Where, by the way, are you staying?

digdug said...

FRANK MURDER ON TOUR?!?!?! pleeeease tell me y'all are going to make a swing through AUSTIN! if there was ever a place that would rock out with an icelandic band, austin is it! think about it, if you need any info or connects here, i would be happy to help. just tell toggi to bring his bathing suit. the natural spring pools here in austin will be a little slice of valhalla!

L said...

another gorgeous photo! and very stark...

Lovewine said...

Outstanding photo...It is most certainly some of what I want to photograph when I make to the Island.
Yay...happy almost aniversary. Keep the goods coming our way. We need you Maria. I think I'm going to give Snoop a miss but while your planning Thorgeir's tour I think a stop in Nelson would be a good idea.

Dragyngirl said...

Mwuhahahha! i will have a blog, yes! Oh and that pic looks like the entrance to Elfland

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Maria Alva said...

Hmm..., digdug, Austin sounds very tempting and Lovewine, Nelson too!

Right now we're working on Seattle and SF. If we were offered paying gigs, we'd travel just about anywhere...

(nudge nudge, wink wink!)

XMOCHA! said...

We will be at the Sunna Guest House on the 16th night and driving around starting the 17th..
are there any celebrations that we should watch out for on your national day?

We will be back in Reykjavik on June 30 which is our free day.
our email is xmocha@gmail.com