Instagramming Iceland

Wednesday was the New York launch event for the Traveler’s Handbook series and my Food Traveler’s Handbook. (The prior link is to the Amazon paperback version – at present, the book is not yet available in digital format. As soon as both formats are available, I’ll be posting the relevant “where to buy” for all media.) It was a wonderful evening, with people attending from different stages of my life – classmates from law school, friends from New York, travel writers I met after I quit my job and readers I had the pleasure to shake hands with for the first time. I’m still smiling. I’m also still in the process of going through photos from Iceland and Portugal and Spain, and clawing my way back from the jetlag that won’t seem to dissipate. In the interests of keeping a theme – my Instagramming Portugal post was great fun – I’m sharing a few from Iceland here, with more to come in the days that follow.

Iceland was magical.

With only a few days in the country, I was limited in time but what I did see completely bowled me over. Autumn turned the landscape into a carpet of ochres and reds and patches of mossy green; the weather was so unpredictable that I kept having to remind myself I was in the same country from one minute to the next. Driving the Golden Circle (to Gullfoss, Thingvellir and Geysir) in a day brought some unexpected weather karma too – buckets of sideways sleet and rain would accompany the drive from one place to another, with the sun bursting through the moment the car stopped and it was time to get out.

The long weekend was a perfect marriage of otherworldly scenery and good vodka; days were spent in the car outside Reykjavik or roaming the capital’s streets and nights out bar-hopping with the locals, who know how to party. I’ll be posting on where to find cheap food in town as it’s quite an expensive city, but for now I will leave you with some of the photos from my trip.

Gullfoss, Iceland

Gullfoss, misty and beautiful.

A break in the clouds, Iceland

A break in the clouds on the Golden Circle drive.

Thingvellir, Iceland

Me capturing the scene in Thingvellir.

Reykjavik advertisement

Reykjavik advertisement begs its own question.

Cod miso soup at Sushibarinn

Cod miso soup at Sushibarinn.

Reykjavik harbor, Iceland

Reykjavik harbour

Hallgrimskirkja church, Reykjavik Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik.

Cod and curry sauce in Reykjavik, Iceland

Cod and curry sauce with grilled potatoes in Reykjavik.

Thingvellir, Iceland

Thingvellir, Iceland: tectonic shifts, continental drifts & gorgeous scenery.

Another from Thingvellir, Iceland

Another from Thingvellir.

Autumn in Iceland

Autumn in Iceland

One of many rainbows on the Iceland Golden Circle

One of many rainbows on the drive.

Beautiful drive around the Golden Circle in Iceland

Beautiful drive. My face hurt from smiling so much.

Shooting geyser photos in the mist.

Shooting geyser photos in the mist.

Lamb from Fishmarket, in Rekyjavik

Lamb from Fishmarket, in Rekyjavik

A geysir in Geysir, Iceland

A geysir in Geysir, Iceland.

A sliver of sun in the clouds, Iceland

A sliver of sun in the clouds.

Reflected houses on a street mirror in Reykjavik

Reflected houses on a street mirror in Reykjavik

Vanilla Skyr: breakfast of champions.

Vanilla Skyr in Iceland

Reyka Vodka in Iceland: dinner of champions. (Not a wise move.)

Reyka Vodka in Iceland

And, the goodbye from Icelandair….

Icelandair free stopover in Reykjavik