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Gilded Forests, Yawning Chasms: Day 4 on the Laugavegur Trail

I woke up on a mountain. No, scratch that, a bunk bed, but close enough. The mountains visible out the window of the hut were my Siren song of the day, except I wasn’t resisting them and following them only … Continue reading

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Black Sand Wonderland: Day 3 on the Laugavegur Trail

Lake Álftavatn soaked the sky in with a giant yawn. Hikers followed suite by unzipping their sleeping bags, testing their knees, stretching their fingers out like obnoxious sun rays. Day three on the Laugavegur trail. Day three, further and further into … Continue reading

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Ég Anda, Ég Anda, Ég Anda

I stare out of my window into a surreal white sky, knowing the mountains of Mount Esja lie just behind me, soaking in their glory and in the clouds which they so kindly wrap around themselves. This place is a … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

blævængur (n) “handheld fan” This word comes from blær meaning “breeze” and vængur meaning “wing,” taking a simple fan and defining it as a “breeze wing.” Speaking of blær, I want to note that Iceland has a stunning array of … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

pollagalli (n) “rain suit” The first thing this word brought to mind was English’s way of naming the pill bug: the roly poly. Often this word is also spelled “rolli polli” like “pollagalli.” Although this word has nothing to do … Continue reading

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Bí Bí og Blaka, Bye Bye and Hushabye

One aspect of Icelandic music that I find incredible is its take on lullabies. While stumbling around looking up Icelandic poetry online, I came across a lovely lullaby that trumped “rock-a-bye baby.” It is called “Bí Bí og Blaka” and … Continue reading

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Word of the Day

hrafntinna (n) “obsidian” A combination of “hrafn” meaning “raven” and “tinna” meaning “flint,” rendering the idea of obsidian as “raven flint.” A raven’s wings gleam against light just like a slab of obsidian. This also brings me to a favorite song … Continue reading

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Poetry on Every Surface of Reykjavík

Today we are going to enter the lovely world of Reykjavík street art! Fair warning, there will be a lot of images (and a lot of translations to go along with some of the spraypainted typography on the street). Being … Continue reading

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