A half crazed warrior Thorgeir and his poet brother Thormod were in the Icelandic mountains picking angelica for their soups, salads, and medicinal remedies. At a place known as Thorgeir’s ledge, near Hornstrandir in the Western Fjords where the …
Feast and Famine: Icelandic “Moss”
In Iceland, vast swathes of silvery moss spread over endless stretches of land which has been ripped up by volcanic shifts and eruptions. Unlike the chaotic, jagged basalt boulders and the ravines beneath, the moss lies like a smooth blanket, or …
Independent People: Iceland, Fire and (pr)ice
“The love of freedom and independence has always been characteristic of the Icelandic People.” Independent People, by Halldor Laxness, Nobel Prize in Literature.
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Iceland’s geothermal standard
After visiting the geothermal glasshouses in Flúðir, Iceland, and hearing about rising electricity costs despite all the waterfalls and geothermal hotspots in the …
Cormorant on the Westman Islands, Iceland
He hangs out his wings to dry
soggy his dive
lazy on lava he loiters, waits
for whatever flounder dare wander
in harbour waters
beneath his razor-sharp rock.
Hungry, daggerbeak hook-tipped
quick wing-tuck, neck-stretch
so sudden the plunge to survive.