Iceland Wonders: Pictures from the Pilgrimage

Betony and I had the incredible opportunity to go to Iceland the beginning of this month. Our two girls stayed with the grandparents and we headed out for one week in what I’ve been calling “a harsh Middle-Earth”. It was for our ten year anniversary and it was SPECTACULAR.

The first few days were spent in the capital, Reykjavik, then we went south-east along the Ring Road (the edges of Iceland are the only parts of the island habitable.)

After only a few days there a statement kept recurring in my mind:

“I’m filled up with wonder.”

The sights of waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, etc… the beauty of the landscape was overwhelming. There was so much wonder.

Betony and I wanted to share this with you all! We’ll be doing several posts this week on our trip and this one is our photo-journal of wonder.


Above: Panorama of Reykjavik from Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran cathedral.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe inside of Hallgrimskirkja.IMG_6259Above: The old harbor in Reykjavik.IMG_6276A famous sculpture in Reykjavik called “Sun Voyager”. Panoramic picture.IMG_6289Above: Black sands/rocks at the beach on the southern tip of Iceland, at the city of Vik.IMG_6606Panorama of Pingvellir, where the world’s first parliament started- a huge national park where tectonic plates are pulling apart.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAbove: Gulfoss. A gigantic waterfall translated “Golden Falls”.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGeyser exploding at the Geyser National Park.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIncredible color on the volcanic rock.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSeljalandfoss. A waterfall with a path behind it.
Below: Skogafoss. A waterfall further south on the Ring Road.

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April Poetic Intro: BRIGHT

Our April theme appears here late, after a wondrous trip to Iceland. The Almanac this month hits on several themes: April Fool’s (we’re including some comedy here this month), Spring, and the celebration of Easter. This poem paints the themes in a esoteric fashion.


April is a smile
a spark
an epiphany
a new dawn
These days are given to
the pranksters
the believers
the early risers
Bright mornings, bright ideas, bright souls
Because with every rain there’s a clearing
And a new sun to enjoy