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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.
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.
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:
A French Restaurant in Reykjavik. More like “Icelandic-French Fusion.” The menu was in some combination of English, Icelandic, and French–as were the dishes. But it came together–one of our best lunches.
We ate a lot of Skyr. So does anyone who visits Iceland.