Southwest Iceland

September 11, 2015


“Fire and Ice”

“Fire” refers to hot geothermal streams and the Geysir (Geyser) that erupts frequently sending boiling water up to about 70 meters into the cool air. (230ft)

“Ice” refers to glacial remains and an ice-clogged river at Hjallanes. 

Iceland is a country of extremes –  boiling rivers to frozen rivers ….

Snaefells Peninsula

Western Iceland

September 8, 2015


I chose the road less travelled. 

Before driving the popular route that heads east along the southern highway and the south coast of Iceland, I decide to drive north from Reykjavik to the Snaefells Peninsula – a road less traveled.

Snaefells is a long, narrow peninsula that pokes out into the Atlantic.  I encounter misty rain, ubiquitous fog, incessant, even overpowering wind, and a raucous surf that seems determined to smash (and has already smashed) the jagged, black volcanic cliffs that disappear below the waves.  What can I expect out in the middle of the ocean? 

On the Road

Into the Mountains


September 3, 2015


My group tour in Iceland was a short extension of a much longer tour in Greenland.

The goal of this brief Iceland tour was to avoid the well-traveled coastal route and to visit the mountainous areas with few visitors. 

The sites are so remote that we rode in a large, four-wheel drive vehicle along bumpy unpaved roads and across fast rushing streams.

On the Road


September 2, 2015


For my first travel letter written on my first day in iceland, I have posted photographs as an Introduction to this very special country.

The photos are of the unique Icelandic horses as well as typical scenery of mountains, lava fields. lakes and waterfalls.

One series of lakes is called Fishing Lakes.



February 8, 2017


My friend Gary in Bangkok described his strategy when he visits a museum: “When I go to an exhibit,” he told me, “I choose one special painting and then stare at that work of art for at least thirty minutes.”

The Icons of Modern Art, the Shchukin Collection at the Fondation Louis Vuitton has on display more than one hundred and twenty paintings.  I have planned three visits.  But with hundreds of visitors streaming through the galleries at any one time, how shall I follow Gary’s advice?

Well, I did my best.