Jökulsárlón, Iceland


Jökulsárlón Christina van Deventer When I first came to Iceland I had barely entered adulthood. I was young, unemployed and scared to death of the gaping hole that was where my future was supposed to be. Thus far, everything had been pretty much pre-ordained. I would go to school, have certain kinds of friends and […]

Adventure time in Iceland.


I remember seeing a doco as a kid on the Aurora Borealis. I was mesmerised by the dancing rainbow of colours moving across the sky. ‘One day I’ll go there, I’ll see the Northern Lights,’ I told myself. Twenty-five years later I arrive in Iceland in the dark of night. On the ride from the […]

Snorkeling with Vikings in Iceland


The van from Reykjavik barrels through countryside best described as English moors meet the moon. Mossy volcanic rocks jut from the ground at one bend, yet around the next turn lie rolling green hills and snow-capped peaks. The sun is only just inching above the horizon, even though it’s past 10 a.m. So far I’ve […]

To Iceland, with Respect

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And I have something to expiate; A pettiness. (D.H. Lawrence: Snake) Often what we regret is being small-minded – trying to show the other person that we are right, better or best. That simply doesn’t work in Iceland provided you look up from your own path at what is all around you. Iceland is one […]

Iceland: Alone in the Lava


I recently took a trip to Iceland – my first to that country. It was also my first solo traveling venture, as all my previous trips had me visiting friends. I was alone in a foreign country; and with that came all the liberation and all the fear of being totally on my own. The […]

Social sharing: How Facebook got me travelling


Social sharing: How Facebook got me travelling First it was the advent of the internet and then it was the sudden explosion of social media that made the world in which we live a much smaller place. On the whole, it’s technology that’s enhanced all of our lives – as well as inspiring me to […]

Iceland: A Trip to the Moon

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“It’s like we’re driving to the moon.” Despite their utter impossibility, my partner’s words almost seemed true. As I looked out the window of our rental car at the vast expanse of dark lava-encrusted valley stretching out around us, I felt the weightlessness of space around me. I had never seen earth like this before. […]

Iceland: Transcendentalist 101

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Iceland is one of those places where it is hard not to come over all transcendentalist. You have an inspirational landscape like nothing on this earth; from remote farmhouses set in lupine fields, to volcanic craters, glaciers, ice-blue hotsprings, black beaches and sand deserts, and to a decidedly urban bustle in Reykjavik, all rubbing along […]

Reykjavik: Literary Cultures

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Reykjavik: Literary Cultures Certain things strike you when you are in a city for the first time. In Reykjavik, I was struck by the amount of books. I found it unusual for such a small linguistic area. It wasn’t simply that there were bookstores (albeit an increasing rarity in some places), but there were also […]

Iceland: Chasing the Northern Lights

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This is an entry in the We Said Go Travel Writing Contest written by Janet Myers from The United Kingdom. Thanks for your entry Janet! Chasing the northern lights – With a thirty or something year old son By now we had come to the conclusion that the northern lights are by no means a […]