Today we arrived in Iceland.

I’m in Iceland on an art grant traveling to an island called Hrísey off the north coast to paint at residency. My family is joining me to share the adventure.

This is our journey…

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It was one of those rare, beautiful sunny mornings.

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The first glimpse of Iceland from the airport.

Josh and I were running on 6 hours of sleep over 36 hours, so we went for it and hit the Reykjanesskagi peninsula right after the airport!

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Josh driving the Reykjanes 

What did we see?

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Our first town we encountered…



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Oh and this sign too, shout-out to Minnesota!


The countryside was so beautiful, for many kilometers we were the only individuals on the road.

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Some parts reminded me of traversing through lava rock formations in Hawaii. Other times I felt as if I was traveling back to the Dibgle peninsula in Ireland with so many rolling hills and wild roaming sheep, so much beautiful landscape.

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This I think will be my favorite part of Iceland, driving for hours through lava, lush hills, glaciers, steam holes, retirr (the annual roundup of black and white sheep by farmers on horses), and Viking music which we found on Saga radio, it is a world like none other I’ve known.

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if we only had a skateboard…
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Essentials- Icelandic hotdogs, Skyr yogurt, licorice in the middle of chocolate bars!

We were headed to Gullfoss, the beautiful two tiered waterfall.

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It was beautiful and so vast.
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We took our time in our tiny Hyundai driving back to Reykjavík, the capital. 

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And stopped at Geysir.

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At Geysir, which all geysers are named from, we saw water shoot 65 feet into the air.

Jonah exclaimed ‘Whoa!’ as the water shot high.

So we make it back to the capital and tour beautiful Hallgràmskirkja, an architectural feat to boot. 

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Hallgràmskirkja church built mid 20th century, swoon.
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In Reykjavik we eat and eat.

We ate lamb soup and drank Viking beer, it was a perfect meal on a cold, rainy evening.

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Free dessert and bread lined each table as well! Jonah feasted on sweet carrot cake.

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We encountered wonderful public art murals and sculptures on the way home.

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So many quaint buildings and wonderful people.

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We stay at a low cost hostel in Reykjavik and eat as much street food as we can to take part in adventure and keep our costs low. Traveling, we feel, can always be done on a budget. And the best parts of travel are the scenery your eyes take in that are free.

If you’ve always wanted to travel, know it’s possible and there are creative ways to do it.

This week we start our slow drive up the west coast to Hrísey where my residency will take place.

We can’t wait to share more adventures with you.


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