Category: Iceland

Staying in Reykjavik? Choose Natura

The hardest part about traveling to a place none of your friends have been to before is figuring out where to stay. What’s the most desirable part of the city? What provides the best value? How good is the Internet?…

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To Iceland to See

People ask what I did on my short trip to Iceland and, in retrospect, it seems not much. I soaked in geothermal pools, watched a meteor shower in the darkness, saw some of the countryside and a bit of Reykjavik.…

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Living Viking Style

Of all of the options for a day in Reykjavik, the Brawny Sherpa and I choose to learn more about Vikings. We head to the Settlement Exhibition, more formally named the Settlement Exhibition Reykjavik 871 +/-2. It’s a small and…

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A Geyser Named Geysir

A bit of snow and a bus getting stuck in a snow bank slow our visit to Iceland’s Geysir, for which all other geysers are named, for about a minute. Icelandic drivers and tour guides know what to do in…

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On Eating Like a Viking

When seeking an unknown-to-us restaurant or coffee bar, the Brawny Sherpa and I have a tradition of choosing the second most viable place. This habit comes from too many experiences pulling off a highway exit, easing into the first option,…

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This Makes Iceland Worth It

I expect the Northern Lights to highlight my trip to Iceland, but my visit to the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik turns out to be even more heavenly. A geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon features large pools of 100-degree bluish-white water,…

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Nordic Jesus

I am always amused by how Jesus Christ is depicted as a fairly contemporary-looking white guy in so many American churches. I like that when I visited Russia, I saw a lot of religious art depicting Jesus with very dark…

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Iceland in Katonah

The Brawny Sherpa and I are fortunate to be introduced to Iceland at a new exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, N.Y. Over watermelon and vodka cocktails, we become acquainted with Icelandic art—dark, bright, volcanic, a little…

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