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Two Gentlemen, a Well-Coiffed Horse, and Some Dead Fish: 18 Photos of Iceland


Horse Mullet!


Not what you think…


“Ugh. Another day at the cod processing factory, and I forgot my chapstick again!”


Eat one!


Rolling Stones Promo Pic


A true gentleman


Paul, spinning yarn with Grandpa Pinocchio


Revised painting title: Bruce Willis hiding behind a table at dawn.


I like this one too much for punnery.


LSD was a bad choice.


Looks nice, but behind the lens, a man’s testicles returned from whence they came due to the cold. And by man, I mean me (still a man, if you were wondering).


In Iceland, leprechauns are elves. And instead of pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, there’s bubblegum. The depicted child has just realized she is only rich in gum. Disappointment abounds.


I like this door. There’s a lot going on here. Maybe this building houses the gold the elves swapped out for bubblegum. Maybe it’s just a cold storage facility, which seem redundant in the arctic. What do you think is in there? Any guesses?


These are cardboard cutouts. And the ship in the background is named after Mount Esja


My favorite room in the Reykjavík Museum of Art (Harbor House). There were speakers set up on the opposite wall, and a robotic woman’s voice was counting down sequentially in 1/10th integers. This room made me feel like I should sell all my belongings, and join some sci-fi cult (Not yours, Tom Cruise).


The most northern Mexican restaurant in the world (speculation).


Oh, hey. I saw Kraftwerk in Iceland at Harpa. Remember the post I wrote where I had a full coronary about NOT getting tickets to Kraftwerk? No? You should read THIS –  Understand my eastern european temper a bit more…


It was difficult capturing the vastness of Gullfoss above. If you look to the left you can see tiny black dots on a trail, those are humans. It was so cold, the spray from the falls froze the ledge way off to the right outside the frame. While the composition of the photo isn’t great, this is Iceland to me: Vast, stark beauty with flirty views to the raw power rumbling beneath.

Thank you to all the kind, awesome, beautiful people we met during Iceland Airwaves, and the entire trip. When I arrived back home, I realized this was one of the first trips I’ve taken in a long time where it instantly became essential for me to go back.

See you soon, Iceland!

47 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nice click and an adorable looking horse 🙂

    January 10, 2014
    • Thanks, themystic. I wanted to steal her, but she didn’t have a passport.

      January 10, 2014
      • Ah, its a she ? that explains the grace in her eyes..

        January 10, 2014
        • I felt it was a ‘she’. I didn’t want to be rude and look though.

          January 11, 2014
          • ha ha …. She would have appreciated your decency 🙂

            January 11, 2014
  2. More, more Iceland! Sounds very magical.

    January 10, 2014
    • I’ll scrounge up some more material for you, ballerina! T’was magical.

      January 10, 2014
  3. Holy smokes. Okay, we talked about swapping lives and body hair a while back. Now I’m ready to seal the deal. You are ridiculous. Just ridiculous. I want to be ridiculous too. I’m so in love.

    January 10, 2014
    • Well, if you want to be ridiculous, you’d had to have been hit in the head a couple times as a child, like me. 🙂
      My brain’s a little off-kilter…

      January 10, 2014
  4. Coyote #

    Bruce Willis hiding behind a table at dawn…brilliant! Thanks for the Friday morning laugh.

    January 10, 2014
    • Thanks for always supporting, Coyote!
      Have you ever seen ‘Look who’s Talking Now’?

      January 10, 2014
  5. I was just having a conversation about Iceland with a g/f over lunch yesterday. Timely post!

    January 10, 2014
    • Book the trip right now. It’s amazing.
      THanks, Curious.

      January 10, 2014
  6. I wanna go!

    January 10, 2014
  7. The caption “Rolling Stones Promo Pic” is a work of staggering genius. It’s so good that I’m actually kind of pissed that someone other than me came up with it.

    The Gullfoss is so spectacular that it (and the pony mullet, obviously) has convinced me to put Iceland on my travel short list.

    January 10, 2014
    • I have no doubt you would have thought the same thing.

      Do it – go now. Budgets be damned!

      Thanks, Pinot.

      January 10, 2014
  8. The disappointed child looks like a rare Banksy shot. I didn’t know he visited Iceland.

    January 10, 2014
    • Couldn’t tell if it was a mock-banksy or the real thing. Pretty cool either way.

      January 11, 2014
  9. Iceland is definitely on my travel bucket list, but I think I’ll have to go over the summer when it’s less blindingly cold. Thanks for the photos and the laughs!

    January 11, 2014
    • Absolutely! Summer would be awesome as well – access to more remote places/hikes/scenery.
      Thanks, Erin

      January 13, 2014
      • Sweet! We can now hop a direct flight from DC and be in Reykjavik in 6 hours, so we were even considering going for a long weekend (leaving Thursday night, flying back Monday afternoon). Do you think that would be long enough, or is there just so much to see that we need a full week?

        January 14, 2014
        • I think that’s enough time to do Reykjavik and the Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir).
          Reykjavik isn’t a very big town – could probably explore the whole city in 2 days. Then do one full day touring the more natural settings.
          Time spent really depends on how much of the island you want to explore. If you want to do the Ring Road – definitely a week.

          January 14, 2014
  10. Great photos! I have been to Iceland, in a very distant past. Now the question is… Did you partake in Puffin?

    January 13, 2014
    • Nice – when did you go?

      I did. I ate puffin and it was yummy. Most guilty meal I’ve ever had. Eater’s regret.

      January 13, 2014
      • I was there in the early 90’s and I too had eaters regret. On a side note, if I may make a travel suggestion, The Azores have to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and I have been to a lot of places. defiantly in my top ten.

        January 13, 2014
        • The smoked puffin was delicious…

          Awesome! The Azores is definitely up there for me. What airline did you fly to get there?

          January 14, 2014
          • I didn’t, I was in the Navy. a ton of travel, no freedom to explore as much I would have liked to.

            January 14, 2014
            • Curious – what else is in your top 10?

              January 14, 2014
              • Benidorm Spain, for a great party and are two right of the top of my head, Spain is kind of like the hidden jewel of Europe. I have been to a lot of places in Spain, I fell in love with the culture and the beauty of the place. Rhodes Greece was another place that was fascinating. they still have catapult stones laying all over the place and the statures and art were something to behold. Give me a bit to think on it and I will give you my top 10.

                January 14, 2014
                • I might have to pick your brain very soon about Spain – may have an opportunity to go there very soon.

                  Thanks for sharing yourPerfect

                  January 15, 2014
                  • I have been to many places in Spain,Alicante, Valencia, and Benidorm are three of my favorite places. Benidorm is more of a vacation/resort town, but the street performers and the endless pubs and bars make this a very fun place. If you are looking for culture, Alicante is incredible, the castle there and the history behind it is simply amazing. Valencia is not to far from Alicante, and is a beautiful place to see. If I remember, the three places I mentioned are all within a couple of hours drive from each other. so if you have the time you can do all three. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

                    January 15, 2014
              • Sorry, bad editing in that last comment. lol

                January 14, 2014
                • Amazing info, yourperfect. Added to the Spain File. Thanks!

                  January 18, 2014
                  • Anytime. I have been to a lot of places in the Mediterranean, I have also been to quite a few places in Africa and India. So feel free to shoot me an e-mail me at if you have any questions.

                    January 18, 2014
                    • Thanks, friend! Much appreciated

                      January 21, 2014
  11. Thank you, Mike, for the most amazing bunch of images on WordPress!
    Well done.

    January 13, 2014
  12. I’m chiming it late but wow, such great pictures. I think you not only captured Iceland but the art that is Iceland.

    January 14, 2014
    • Never too late to chime in! Thanks very much, shaners

      January 15, 2014
  13. It’s a good thing I save my emails so I don’t miss out on elves and Mexican food in Iceland (did you eat it? How was it?) Just fwai, if you click on that vast photo and look at it all on its own….the VAST is very clear. Great pho-toes as always! happy new year!

    January 24, 2014
    • I did not indulge in the sweet Icelandic Mexican place, unfortunately. I did eat an elf though.

      Thanks very much, Maggie. Same to you! Hope all is well.

      January 25, 2014
  14. This is hilarious! Great shots though. I nearly laughed coffee out of my nose that the Bruce Willis one.

    April 6, 2014
    • Thanks, Alana – sorry about the coffee out your nose. 🙂

      April 8, 2014

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