The walking track to Helgafell

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

The walking track to Heimaklettur – the Home Rock

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

Vestmannaeyjar! – Þar sem hjartað slær…! (Nederlandse versie)

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

Vestmannaeyjar! – Þar sem hjartað slær…!

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

Flower Art – Lupines

Fields of lupines and their beany seadpods. Continue reading

Vestmannaeyjar – A force of nature that can’t be denied

In 2006 I went on an impromptu trip to Iceland, having no idea what to expect. Along the south coast, I drove through some of the most overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. It was beyond anything I could have imagined beforehand. The moment I saw those mysterious island shapes of Vestmannaeyjar Continue reading