- Posted January 23, 2014 by
harriman, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel photo of the day
Reykjavik the capital felt like it was struggling to shake of the gloom of winter with nearly every window having some Christmas lights. The metal statues in front of the Pearl building seemed to sway in the strong wind.
On the Golden Cicrle, Drekkingarhylur (The Drowning Pool) at Þingvellir National Park was so serene, that one cannot believe it concealed the horror of 18 executions of women accused of 'life offences'. Saw the Great Geysir and Gollfoss waterfalls.
Hiked the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
With sunlight only a few hours each day, photographing in low light was the challenge. Sunrises and sunsets reflected off the ice that was everywhere.
The Icelanders have a very dry sense of humor. We were not lucky enough to see the northern lights, even though we stayed up late into the night each day. One night, our guesthouse manager came out after midnight and told us 'I forgot to on the switch today. I will not forget tomorrow!' It took us a moment to understand him with his accent.
As long as one has good snow boots and an adventurous spirit, a winter Iceland is a must see for the avid traveler.