Viking bones

Once as I told in glee
Tales of the stormy sea,
Soft eyes did gaze on me,
      Burning yet tender;
And as the white stars shine
On the dark Norway pine,
On that dark heart of mine
      Fell their soft splendor.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again.

Before the stars have left the skies,
At morning in the dark I rise;
And shivering in my nakedness,
By the cold candle, bathe and dress.

Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding-cake.

Robert Louis Stevenson


Somewhere in the frozen wasteland

“For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.”

 Sir Raymond Priestly, Antarctic Explorer and Geologist.

Irregular sleep patterns and late-night shopping

Fluffy Icelandic cat! SO FLUFFY! I'm pretty sure it's a wizard in animal form.

Interesting coastal Icelandic style. Sunken first floor that doubles as the foundation, corrugated steel walls protected with paint, steep roof to reject snow, plenty of rain gutters to cut down on ice. A lot like houses I've seen in the Pacific Northwest except far less wood involved here. ... Because, where you gonna get it??

Dark chocolate rice cakes: Awesome!

This is my favorite of the various crazy Icelandic candy bars I've tried. I dunno who this Prince Polo is, but I like his style.

I heard this rumor that my nephews like chocolate... Let's see if I can help them out...

Lots of construction going on around here. Lots of hotels coming up around the airport. Tourism is exploding.

A first ride around Keflavik

Valoria out and about for the first time in Iceland.

This is the light outside at 11:11pm. My kind of place!

Back in the Bay Area this would have cost me ten dollars. Here it cost a little under seven. Iceland is expensive to most people ... to me it seems more affordable!

Adorable! But not for sale!
Stuff like this on the walls, you know a place is hip and cool.

A rather clever map of the town.

Rain will strike anywhere, anytime.

And you thought you could get away from American food?

The air force is well established here.