Tag Archives: Iceland

Would You Take A Pledge

If you’ve visited Iceland during the last few years, or have followed stories about Icelandic travel in the media, you are aware that the nation has been trying to cope with its astonishing popularity with travelers. Many of the new … Continue reading

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Iceland in Perspective

I was recently speaking with a friend about the joys of traveling around Iceland and the incredible emptiness of the rugged landscape. These NASA satellite images of the island nation do a much better job illustrating my point than I … Continue reading

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Sweet Travels

All of my life I have suffered from what we in the U.S. call a “sweet tooth”. This is not a uniquely North American dental disorder—although it can lead to one. It is simply the ongoing craving for candy and … Continue reading

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Saving Iceland

At the heart of Iceland is Europe’s last great wilderness area. The Central Highlands, which comprise nearly 40% of the nation’s landmass, contains some of Iceland’s most precious natural treasures. The unique ecosystem of spectacular glaciers, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lava … Continue reading

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American Gods

I’ve long been an evangelist for Neil Gaiman’s outstanding 2001 novel American Gods and I’m looking forward to the TV adaptation this year. If you haven’t gotten around to reading the book, get on the stick; it’s great fun and surprisingly relevant … Continue reading

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Iceland Is Calling

I know that it may seem as though I am obsessed with Iceland; it’s just because I am. So, if you are not interested in magnificent scenery and natural wonders, look away now. Otherwise, watch this stunning short film titled … Continue reading

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North

For regular readers of TBTP, it’s no secret that Iceland and Norway are two of my favorite destinations. Filmmaker Dmitry Bubonet shares my enthusiasm for the breathtaking beauty of these Nordic nations. His gorgeous short film, called simply “Nord”, combines … Continue reading

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When Chickens Have Teeth

I’m  not much of a linguist, but when I travel I love to learn odd expressions from local languages and cultures. British illustrator Paul Blow has been creating wonderful images based on idioms that has discovered during his own travels. … Continue reading

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Natural Drama (for a change)

After days of political drama, high anxiety, and little sleep, I need some good old natural drama. Thank you Yannick Calonge for this amazing aerial footage of Iceland. Serendipitously, we were in country at the same time this September.

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Volcano Bread (sort of)

Last month, I was lucky enough to spend a crisp Fall morning at Fontana geothermal baths on the shore of Laugarvatn in Iceland. While I was hanging about, I got to sample some pipping hot rugbraud as it was unearthed from its … Continue reading

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