Poor old Helgafell is often a bit overlooked, as everyone flocks to its famous neighbour Eldfell. For a long time, Helgafell was the ruling volcano on Heimaey. The one that merged the chain of rocks to the north and Stórhöfði to the south into the present island, its classic volcano-shaped silhouette dominating the interior. Until Eldfell turned up Continue reading
Some truly stunning special effects can be created by the setting sun. Depending on preceding weather circumstances, presence of clouds, type of terrain, and many other factors. It’s always captivating to see it plunging down into the sea and lighting up the sky in incredible colours, against a backdrop of craggy jumbled rocks. And sometimes, if the conditions are right, something truly spectacular can occur. Continue reading
Heimaklettur is the biggest rock in the jumbled chain of cliffs wrapped around the harbour of Heimaey, the main island of Vestmannaeyjar.
The harbour entrance is stunningly beautiful. People coming in on the ferry are regularly going into a photo-frenzy when they sail into the harbour, through a narrow Continue reading
I normally write my stories in English, but this is a one-off exception. It has become my most popular story by far. I wrote it in January as a public note on my own Facebook page, and it received a lot of heartwarming response. I’ve been asked by several people if I could write it in Dutch too. So here it is – op speciaal verzoek nu ook in het Nederlands 😉
Vanaf het moment dat ik de Vestmannaeyjar eilanden aan de horizon zag lonken, tijdens mijn eerste korte trip naar IJsland in 2006, werd ik overvallen door een onweerstaanbare drang. Het was als een soort van onverklaarbare natuurkracht Continue reading
I have been drawn to Vestmannaeyjar ever since I first saw those mysterious island shapes shimmering on the horizon, on my first short trip to Iceland in 2006. It was like a force of nature that couldn’t be denied. I just had to go there.
When I returned in August 2007 for a longer trip with more time to explore, those islands were first on my list. Sailing into Heimaey harbour, through a narrow opening surrounded by a jumbled chain of steep cliffs on one side, and a huge field of Continue reading
Reykjanes peninsula is the first impression of Iceland you see after arrival. Keflavík International Airport is located on the tip of the peninsula, and you’ll travel along its northern shore on your way to Reykjavík, and beyond. Barren and desolate as it may look on first sight, there are actually Continue reading
I didn’t really know what to expect of Iceland on my first visit. I just went on short trip because I wanted to see Sigur Rós. Little did I expect to be blown away in more ways than one… and that it would trigger many more trips to come. Continue reading
Silky gladiolas, the reward that is bestowed upon those Continue reading
Fields of lupines and their beany seadpods. Continue reading
Tropical Milkweed flowers Continue reading