Footstep in the sands of Wadi Rum, Jordan, 2008

Iceland, 2006

Land of Fire and Ice! And no shortage of waterfalls…


Reykjavik is the world’s most northerly capital.

Hallgrímskirkja – Reykjavik’s most recognisable Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church.

“The Sun Voyager” sculpture representing a Viking ship.

Thingvellir National Park

This is the site of Iceland’s first Parliament established in 930, and remained here until 1789.


Gullfoss – the Golden Falls.

Haukadalur – Valley of Geysers

Mmm. Sulphurous mud pools.

The very first recorded geyser, after which all others are named,
unfortunately no longer erupts.

Strokkur erupts every few minutes, just for the tourists.
The little geyser, bless, merely bubbles.


Seljalandsfoss is 60 metres high, and behind its waters is…

…a cave, allowing you to walk behind the waterfall!


The Skogar Folk Museum features traditional sod-roofed houses…

…and shows you how Icelandic people have lived over the centuries.

If you’re lucky, the founder of the museum, Þórður Tómasson, will sing and play tunes on…

The Langspil. It originated in the late Middle Ages in France
and became a favourite instrument in Iceland.

Nearby is the Skogafoss waterfall.

Route 1

This is the Ring Road, going right around the island,
and crosses the lava field known as the Black Dessert.

Volcanic Beach

Black sand!


Fjaorargljufur is a beautiful and impressive gorge, 100m deep and 2km long,
formed 2 million years ago following the retreat of the ice cap.


Svartifoss – the Black Waterfall.
A mountain stream falling over a cliff face of
natural basalt rock pillars.


Vatnajokull is Europe’s greatest glacier.

A close look at Vatnajokull’s ice flow.

Jokulsarlon Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Lagoon is at the foot of Breidamerkurjokull,
an outlet glacier of the great glacier Vatnajokull.

The North East

The northeastern region contains a lunar landscape which Neil Armstrong
and NASA visited in 1968, training for the moon landing the following year.

Some of the younger lava fields are still steaming.

Some craters have have become lakes.

In the middle of the black dessert is this little church, built in 1949.


Dettifoss is the largest waterfall, by volume of water, in the whole of Europe.

Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn means “Midge Lake” – and boy, does it deserve that name!

Hverfjall crater was created 2,500 years ago, is 1km in diameter and 140m deep.


Godafoss – Waterfall of the Gods.


Akureyri stands close to the end of Iceland’s longest fjord,
and is known as the capital of the North.

Akureyrarkirkja – the Church of Akureyri.


The Glaumbaer Folk Museum…

…with more examples of cosy turf houses.

Whale Watching

Watching the backs of whales…

The Last Night in Reykjavik