A Fleeting Trip to Icelandic Waters by Lorelai MacLeod

I’m still indulging the holiday spirit and today I’m delighted to say that we are treated to another post from the talented, Lorelai MacLeod, who this time shares her recent Icelandic jaunt with us. Over to you, Lorelai:

Thank you so much Jane for inviting me back to your lovely blog. I do hope you like the photos.

I mentioned Icelandic waters rather than Iceland, not because we travelled by boat, though we did, but because water seems to be the main place I aim the camera – that and at my husband imitating statues.

Talking of which; Reykjavik’s striking Hallgrímskirkja church, of which many pictures can be found online (I do have one, but it’s far too daft), is visible from much of the city. This is my husband outside said Lutheran establishment, trying his best to embody the spirit of Norse explorer Leifur Eiriksson.


Travelling in June, the sun never set, so the rugged landscape could be admired all hours of the day. Iceland in summer is gorgeously green and an abundance of wild grasses and herbs make Icelandic lamb some of the best in the world.

Actually managed to get the building in this photo taken in Ísafjörður, though you may spot three very strange people attempting to copy the unusual shape of this modern church.

View of the fjord and snow-capped mountains from Ísafjörður harbour.

In Akureyri the Lutheran church, an unintended theme, is situated on a hilltop and provides breath-taking views of Iceland’s second city. Surrounded by diverse countryside and home to a charming botanical garden, fascinating museums and numerous small shops and restaurants, this unique and arty city was my favourite stop.

Continuing East from Akureyri, we passed into the Arctic Circle for a few hours, before heading south.

Not Iceland, but just as picturesque, Tórshavn, meaning Thor’s Harbour, is the capital city of the Faroe Islands and one of the smallest in the world. The array of painted and grass roofs makes for an intriguing display from a hilly vantage point.

Finally, I couldn’t resist another seascape. Incidentally, we did see a whale, a minke we believe and a couple of playing dolphins, all unfortunately too fast to capture on camera, but very exciting.

Thank you for reading. I hope my esoteric photo account has still conveyed the distinctive beauty of both Iceland and the Faroe Islands and if they’re not already there, you’ll add them to your holiday wish list. Iceland remains on mine, though in the winter – I am determined to see the Northern Lights.

Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us, Lorelai. I love your pics!

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