Instagramming Iceland

Categories Iceland, Photo Essays

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

40 comments to Instagramming Iceland

  1. Ohhhh, Iceland is gorgeous. I went in the depths of winter, so didn’t get to see as much as I wanted, but I’d go back in a heartbeat. Plus, in winter Gullfoss is almost entirely frozen and it’s spectacular.

    And the meal I had at the Fishmarket is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten – so glad you got to eat there!

  2. Is it as expensive as everyone says?

    • Certain things are quite expensive – you can find cheaper food but a ‘cheap’ bowl of soup was approx. 9-10$, whereas you can find much more reasonable options in a city like NY or Madrid. The more expensive restaurants will run you a similar cost to New York’s mid-to-high range places. The groceries have some products that are quite cheap – Skyr, some local cheeses, etc. but imported fruit and vegetables are priced high. Housing was generally reasonable (also, about NYC prices) but for people coming from Asia it’ll be a lot of sticker shock. The gas prices very high, though renting a car was also not too expensive. It definitely adds up!

  3. Are those actual Icelandic words or did a cat just run across your keyboard?

  4. great pictures, must be cold! what is that WTF advert all about?? quite intriguing. Great blog by the way.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Your photos capture the essence of the beauty and magic :)

  6. Looks like you had a spectacular visit to Iceland! Can’t wait to read more about it! I’m especially looking forward to your food recommendations since we’re headed back to Iceland in December. I want to see if you have some new spots for us to try!

  7. One of the top five on my travel list for the next year! I’ve always heard it’s beautiful, but even Instagram makes it look great (and I love instagram)!

  8. Its way too beautiful…and you have captured it nicely…
    Iceland is on top of my bucket list (destination)…Someday soon…

  9. That lamb looked incredible!

  10. Beautiful and I can’t wait for your cheap food tips which I will file away for future use.

  11. Great photos Jodi, glad to see you enjoyed Iceland and best of luck with your book.

  12. Beautiful photos as always Jodi…

  13. Of all the dream trips in the world, Jodi, this is my dreamiest one. Thank you for reminding me what it is I wanderlust over…

    And congratulations again on the book, lovely one. I am so inspired by you, cannot wait to hold your book in my hands, and cannot wait to give you an in-person hug one of these days! Until then, only love from Boston.

  14. Absolutely beautiful photos. I want to hop on a plane and explore Iceland now…

  15. Beautiful shots, Jodi! Now that I’m based in NYC, I keep daydreaming about a long weekend in Iceland. We’ll see if I can pull it off!

  16. On October 15, 2012 at 11:02 am Randy Johnson said:

    What would a monosyllabic word cost you? Great Photos!

  17. I loved the wide open spaces in Iceland. They were just begging to be photographed.

    These are beautiful shots, Jodi. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip.

  18. Beautiful photos of Iceland – such a diverse landscape! Also love the quirkiness you’ve captured in the small details of Iceland – on labels, signs and reflections :-)

  19. I can’t imagine a better place to Instagram than Iceland. Such magical sights.

  20. One of the top 3 on my travel list. Dying to get there, amazing photos!

  21. Really enjoyed these photos. I’ve been to Iceland in November and late spring, but never in the earlier autumn that you captured. The colors are beautiful.

  22. “My face hurt from smiling so much.”

    you just described my own experience in Iceland perfectly. I traveled there around Christmas time though, so everything was frozen. So SO gorgeous. I can’t wait to go back!

    - Maria Alexandra

  23. what would happen to the world if there was no Instagram?

  24. Awwww Iceland looks so amazing! Wish I could step my feet there someday.

  25. Every time I see pictures of Iceland, I sit down and ask myself why I haven’t been there. This is a must in 2013! Great pictures! They made me home sick for a place I haven’t even been.

  26. Your instagram photos looks amazing! The Gullfoss photo is my favorite :)

  27. Great photos, I like to see geysir in person. Would love to include Iceland in my itinerary.

  28. On February 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm Lisa Thornburgh JD said:

    Hi Jodi,

    Your blog is keeping my sanity intact. I would love to spend the next three years traveling abroad (no funds) but am planning to volunteer my way around…..then its off to train as a solicitor in the UK…..my stint as an American lawyer is not to be. It is wonderful to hear others with legal educations who are following their hearts! Any suggestions on travelling with limited funds via volunteering, teaching is greatly appreciated. Cheers!

  29. Wow! Amazing photos of Iceland. I love your food photos. It makes me wish we’d done that on our trip there.

  30. The country looks lovely..The landscapes are amazing!
    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing ;)

    I always wanted to visit Iceland, but it looks pretty expensive ;(

  31. On April 20, 2014 at 2:41 pm David Peugh said:

    Great pictures! We will be visiting Reykjavik in October. Can you recommend a hotel and a car rental agency?

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