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The Wanderbee app (wanderbee.silicalabs.com) integrates WordPress and Google Glass. Share your story and send photos straight from your wearable device. Read below for more information.

I just got back from about 12 days in Iceland. It was my vacation, so my girlfriend and I went armed with cameras.

I was taking pictures with a Nikon, an iPhone, and also with Google Glass.

My friends at Silica Labs built a really cool tool using WordPress.com’s open API to post photos directly from Glass to this WordPress.com blog.

As a result, I could tell the story of our Icelandic vacation by automatically sharing images from Glass.

Let me provide some guidance on the Glass images we posted here.

During the trip we:

  • walked on a glacier
  • watched whales near the Arctic Circle
  • hiked through a dried lava field
  • visited remote fjords (long blue inlets cutting sharply into wild mountains)
  • popped into hot pools of all kind (including a geothermal stream hours from civilization),
  • and came across hundreds of sheep and dozens of cows.

We also ate a lot of lamb chops, skyr, and pizza.

Here’s an image with floating blue glaciers in a lagoon.

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To understand the context of the pictures, you should probably know a little about Iceland, a surprising little country. Iceland is a thinly populated island of volcanos, icebergs, and occasional earthquakes.

It can feel like you have the whole island to yourself. Its largest city has only 100,000 people–about the size of Peoria, Illinois or Ann Arbor, Michigan. Iceland’s second largest “city” has only 20,000 people, smaller than North Platte, Nebraska (which you’ve only heard of because of an Andrew Bird song). Neither Icelandic town, Reykjavik or Akureyri, has enough people to fill several of our college football stadiums… The entire country has far fewer people than the city of Washington, D.C.

On top of that, much of the country is “highlands” without roads. The population and roads are mainly along the coast. Almost nobody lives in the highlands, and it’s hard to get to.

To get around the country, there is a main road which is only two lanes, and at times, briefly, is unpaved gravel. It’s called Ring Road and is a ring around the whole island. We traveled that road and stayed in several seaside towns with fewer than 100 people. And these were the largest towns for miles. In many of the remote regions, the gas stations doubled as restaurants.

One more thing: Iceland is wonderful. The landscape, the people, and even the food was amazing.

We hope you enjoy the pictures and the story they tell.

You should scroll through several pages–we captured some really amazing photos that will blow you away.

Here are a few of my favorites from the gallery:

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  1. August 5, 2013

    It is my absolute dream to go to Iceland! I am so jealous. Your pictures are amazing!!

  2. August 5, 2013

    Wow, that’s incredible. I doubted google glass by looking at the glasses themselves, it’s interesting to know the perspective from someone wearing them.

  3. August 5, 2013

    Incredible photographs and great use of the Glass technology. Iceland is definitely on my list of places to visit.

  4. August 5, 2013

    Talk about inspiring some major wanderlust! Love the images.

  5. August 6, 2013

    Really I am also feeling so jealous after seeing the pics and now i am planning how to go the Iceland. Great Photography!

  6. August 6, 2013

    The pictures are amazing! I’ve always been fascinated with Iceland and hope to get there some day. I knew they had a low population, but you really put it in perspective. Thanks for sharing!

  7. August 6, 2013

    This is really amazing and a great to show the resolution of Google glass! Where is next on your list of places to visit?

  8. August 6, 2013

    NIIIICEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  9. August 7, 2013

    Amazing!!!! No matter how Google Glass is criticized, I think it is a fantastic invention for travel enthusiasts!!! http://styling-on-the-edge.com/

  10. August 7, 2013

    Reblogged this on "the WEB of LIFE" and commented:
    This is going the beyond the limit..

  11. August 7, 2013

    really amazing stuff

  12. jpflip #
    August 8, 2013

    Great photos! Made me feel jelly. :)

  13. August 8, 2013

    Amazing photo’s that have inspired me to go travelling again and take some more!

  14. August 8, 2013

    Great photos! Iceland is truly amazing, anyone who has a desire to go should, you will not regret it and will want to go back again and again!

  15. August 8, 2013

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Iceland last summer. I never made the time to post pictures but this brought back all those good memories. Thank you for sharing!

  16. August 10, 2013

    I went to Iceland in 2010 – one of my most memorable trips so far. What an incredible destination!
    P.S. Did you get to try some fermented shark?

  17. August 10, 2013

    Breathtaking photos!

  18. August 11, 2013

    i only had 2 nights in iceland. that’s why i didn’t see as much as you. wonderful pics, and seems you had a great adventure!

  19. August 11, 2013

    Kat–I have never tried the fermented shark meat. It sounds like nobody loves it!

  20. August 12, 2013

    Thanks for posting this, keep posting.

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  21. August 14, 2013

    astounding pictures

  22. August 15, 2013

    Ice brings water, water brings life, yet, God is the giver of life and gave by sacrificing his Son for your life, take time to come into the fold…water is life.

  23. August 17, 2013

    my sister went to Iceland for her honeymoon and I can really see why! looks incredible!

  24. August 22, 2013

    Wow, that looks incredible!! Such a beautiful place. Hope I can visit one day!

  25. August 28, 2013

    Beautiful pictures, particularly the last one.

  26. November 29, 2013

    Beautiful pictures, Great Place, really amazing stuff. i think once go there…….

  27. April 8, 2014

    Its very really amazing and a great to show the resolution of Google glass! Where is next on your list of places to visit?

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