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

  1. Nice click and an adorable looking horse 🙂

    1. mabukach says:

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

      1. Ah, its a she ? that explains the grace in her eyes..

        1. mabukach says:

          I felt it was a ‘she’. I didn’t want to be rude and look though.

          1. mysticwriter says:

            ha ha …. She would have appreciated your decency 🙂

  2. ballerina95 says:

    More, more Iceland! Sounds very magical.

    1. mabukach says:

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

  3. PuppyDoc says:

    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.

    1. mabukach says:

      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…

  4. Coyote says:

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

    1. mabukach says:

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

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

    1. mabukach says:

      Book the trip right now. It’s amazing.
      THanks, Curious.

    1. mabukach says:

      Go! And take me again. 🙂

  6. PinotNinja says:

    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.

    1. mabukach says:

      I have no doubt you would have thought the same thing.

      Do it – go now. Budgets be damned!

      Thanks, Pinot.

  7. The disappointed child looks like a rare Banksy shot. I didn’t know he visited Iceland.

    1. mabukach says:

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

  8. Erin E. says:

    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!

    1. mabukach says:

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

      1. Erin E. says:

        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?

        1. mabukach says:

          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.

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

    1. mabukach says:

      Nice – when did you go?

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

      1. 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.

        1. mabukach says:

          The smoked puffin was delicious…

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

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

            1. mabukach says:

              Curious – what else is in your top 10?

              1. 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.

                1. mabukach says:

                  I might have to pick your brain very soon about Spain – may have an opportunity to go there very soon.

                  Thanks for sharing yourPerfect

                  1. 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.

              2. Sorry, bad editing in that last comment. lol

                1. mabukach says:

                  Amazing info, yourperfect. Added to the Spain File. Thanks!

                  1. 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.

                    1. mabukach says:

                      Thanks, friend! Much appreciated

  10. The Hook says:

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

    1. mabukach says:

      You are too kind, friend.

  11. shaners79 says:

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

    1. mabukach says:

      Never too late to chime in! Thanks very much, shaners

  12. Maggie O'C says:

    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!

    1. mabukach says:

      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.

      1. Maggie O'C says:

        Elves are typically asking for it.

        1. mabukach says:

          Oh yeah – big time!

  13. Alana Clark says:

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

    1. mabukach says:

      Thanks, Alana – sorry about the coffee out your nose. 🙂

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