Reykjavik and surrounds

Up close with the seals at Reykjavik Zoo

The seals in the Reykjavik Family Zoo

Were a cheering sight to see,

As they swam, they swirled,

Flipped their fins as they twirled

And with their big eyes they looked up at me.

A cold first day in Reykjavik, capital of Iceland

I stepped into Iceland’s capital for the first time on the 26th of June of this year. It was bitingly cold and overcast, but the city was nonetheless enchanting. From its park benches to its imposing churches, everything was arranged into a thoroughly picturesque state and traipsing through Reykjavik made for an experience like no other. If you are ever in Iceland, be sure to visit the Reykjavik City Hall, Tjornin Lake and Hallgrimskirkja Church. I hope you enjoy my snapshots from the city.

Animals of Iceland

The animals you’ll encounter in Iceland range from the everyday elegant feline to gorgeous, liquid-eyed seals. In this post, I’ll be writing about the animals I saw in Iceland, including native, migratory and introduced species. Nothing excited me like seeing these animals, and so I hope you will enjoy the photos I am about to share. If you wish to see the animals of Iceland, stay sharp and observant and visit in summertime if possible; this is the best time for wildlife watching. Migratory animals like birds often settle in Iceland during this period. Without any further ado, I present animals of Iceland!

1. Seals

Seeing these gorgeous and playful creatures was one of the highlights of my trip. I was fortunate enough to see seals on three occasions in Iceland – once in the Westfjords, twice in Jökulsárlón, the glacial lagoon of southeast Iceland and for an extended period of time in Reykjavik Family Park and Zoo. (more…)

Álafoss Wool Store in Mosfellsbær

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A few days ago, I visited Álafoss Wool Store.  Located only a short drive from Reykjavik, this store was both accessible and full of beautiful wool products. If you are in search for a traditional Icelandic lopapeysa (woollen sweaters pictured above) as we were, this is certainly a great place for finding them. Each sweater is unique and written on the labels are the knitters behind each one. The prices generally range from 15,000ISK for sale items to 29,500ISK (this is normal for these traditional hand-knitted sweaters). The store also sells mittens, beanies, scarves, knitting wool and non-woollen souvenir products. These included plastic Viking helmets, animal pillow cases, and the stuffed puffin toys found in souvenir stores across Iceland. (more…)