Posts by Jane

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 […]

bridge across continents

Reykjanes: Bridge Between the Continents

REYKJANES: 1st STOP, THE BRIDGE BETWEEN THE CONTINENTS I remember looking down at the lava-covered ground as the plane came in to land the first time I visited Iceland. I saw little lakes and puffs of steam here and there, and understood how the land’s first settlers could have mistaken this for smoke, thus naming […]


A note on Reykjavik’s warm weather

You may have noticed that ‘warm’ in Iceland is a relative term—it never fails to charm me when, every year on the first really sunny day of late Spring, hundreds of t-shirted Icelanders bask in the sunlight downtown, with cafes quick to maximize their outdoor seating. It’s usually a balmy 7°C at that point. I […]

Hot Pot at Laugardalslaug swimming pool.

The Reykjavik Pool Experience

As Icelandic As It Gets The Reykjavík Pool Experience First, a note on the Blue Lagoon Given you’re reading this blog, I’m willing to bet you’ve heard about the Blue Lagoon. But still, before I move on to the public pool experience, I just can’t stop myself from adding to the plethora of Blue Lagoon […]

Harpa's distinctive exterior.


Harpa concert hall My ears won’t be testing the acoustics of Reykjavík’s new concert hall Harpa until next month, but my eyes have already had a feast. Here are a few perspectives to give you a taste. Looking up… …towards the stairs… …colourful shadows… …the beehive glass… …harbour view… …the shadow-patterned floor… …and finally one […]

You don't have to travel far from the capital to go rock climbing in Iceland right now: this was in Reykjavík's main street today.

Reykjavik’s Laugavegur for pedestrians

Reykjavík’s Laugavegur becomes a pedestrian street A large section of Reykjavík’s main street, Laugavegur, is closed to traffic for the whole of July this year. On July 1 the “summer street” was officially opened by Mayor Jón Gnarr. Laugavegur is one of the city’s busiest commercial strips and is also where you often come across […]

Silfra Photo by David Ramsay Chief Instructor at dive dot is
Silfra Photo by David Ramsay Chief Instructor at dive dot is"

Snorkelling at Silfra Rift

Once you’re on the moon, Venus isn’t so far away Iceland’s landscape is often compared to the moon. So much so that moon-bound astronauts have trained here, and David Attenborough has filmed places here to show audiences the landscape of prehistoric earth. But a few weeks ago I left the Icelandic moonscape and headed for […]

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