Archive: August, 2011

Northern Lights Over Reykjavik

Rare August Northern Lights

The Northern Lights put on a rare August display over Reykjavik last night.  Normally the Northern Lights are not visible until September.  Photo taken by Agust Ingvarsson on August 24, 2011.  

Perlan (The Pearl), Reykjavík.

Pearl of Reykjavik

The Pearl, Reykjavik. You might need longer than a week or two to explore Iceland from coast to coast, but if Reykjavík is your oyster for just a day, I think The Pearl is one of the best places to sample as much as possible. LOCATION: Overlooking central Reykjavík on one side and out to […]

Fireworks on Culture Night


CULTURE NIGHT IN REYKJAVIK, AUGUST 20 As mentioned in my August Weekends blog, this past weekend saw Reykjavík celebrate all things cultural at its annual Menningarnótt, or Culture Night. Not surprisingly for Iceland, music took centre stage—or more accurately, it took centre, left and right stages, as well as singing out from dozens of street […]

The Gunnuhver geothermal field reopened in June 2010 after being closed for a couple of years due to instability—one of the dangers being that the high-pressured steam might suddenly find another outlet underneath the visitor walkway. This photo shows a ruined section of the old walkway, obscured by steam—I’ll let you be the judge of whether the temporary closure was justified!


REYKJANES: 2nd STOP, GUNNUHVER GEOTHERMAL FIELD  You need to tread carefully when wandering around the striking mud pools and fumaroles of Gunnuhver, close to the Reykjanes town of Grindavík. And if you have a child with you, don’t let go of their hand! Mine stopped complaining after watching in awe as the first wave of steam […]

Some of the thousands in Reykjavík’s main street during Gay Pride this year (2011).


August weekends in Reykjavík—mostly! Is it just me, or are there more weekend festivities in Reykjavík’s August than other months? The following is a quick guide to some of the things happening in Iceland’s capital this August (well mostly the capital, but I was up north for the first weekend). Not an exhaustive list, but […]

A small visitor explores one of the caves at Mariahellar.  Perhaps an elf?

Holler for the Hellar: Spelunking in Reykjavik

On a recent trip to Reykjavik I joined a friend and his young children, aged six and eight, on a spelunking excursion. We drove to Heidmork, a recreational area about a ten minute drive away from the city center and popular for walking, picnicking and cycling. Our destination? Mariuhellar, a group of small caves perfect […]