90% of the Population Believes in Elves – Reykjavik, Iceland.

By Posted in - Big Trip & Europe & Featured Post & Iceland & Photography Posts & Photos on August 28th, 2010

We have arrived in Iceland! Here a few pics from around Reykjavik (Ray-kee-vic). I’ve been thinking for two days now how I could sum up my thoughts about this city. The only word that comes to mind is quiet. It’s a quiet city. I feel like every time I talk, I am speaking too loud.

Overall the city is really beautiful, clean and feels very safe. It is also extremely expensive (more on this later). We have decided to blow our budget and rent a car and visit the east side of the country and I am very excited. I really like Reykjavik but I’m not “feeling” it, if that makes any sense. I can’t wait to see more of the country and experience some of the sites that make Iceland so unique. One thing I love about this place so far is that it is a really creative city. Walking down the streets is like being on the Etsy craft site but in real time. Homemade items are sold everywhere and there seems to be a large part of the population devoted to the arts. The music is great, the handmade knit items are amazing and I read a bit of a paper today (it was in English) and I fell in love with the abstract, almost poetic writing.

We also spent time at a thermal pool today and I can say that at approximately 7:30 pm GMT, while staring into a well lit sky (doesn’t start to get dark here until like 11pm), at a roof designed with large holes in it (for the snow? not sure, but it is cool) and relaxing in one of 9 thermal hot pools made with a built in sloop to it so your entire body can lying be in the hot water with just your face exposed to the 44 degree cold air, I started to fall in love with Iceland.

I also found out that 90% of the population believes in elves & trolls and I started to fall a bit deeper. How cool is that? I have a feeling Iceland will entrance me completely tomorrow when we hit the road in this strangely quiet but beautiful country.

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  • Michael Hodson -

    August 29, 2010 at 6:18 am

    As usual — great shots. And I can start to get the sense of being there. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

    • beersandbeans -

      August 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks Michael! And thanks for the RT too! I have a bunch more photos coming up. 🙂 @Michael Hodson,

  • ayngelina -

    August 29, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Beautiful post processing, I’m a fan.
    .-= ayngelina´s last blog ..Welcome to the jungle Part 2 of 2 =-.

  • Nick Laborde -

    August 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

    90% huh, interesting, based on their housing and color choices, that actually makes sense.

    I would think that it wouldn’t be so expensive do to their current financial issues.
    .-= Nick Laborde´s last blog ..7 Harsh Realities And A Thieving Santa =-.

    • beersandbeans -

      August 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      Yeah, we’ve trying to figure out how the people live here considering the economy is so bad. Some things seems normally priced and then other things are out of control expensive. @Nick Laborde,

  • Nick Laborde -

    August 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

    90% huh, interesting, based on their housing and color choices, that actually makes sense.

    I would think that it wouldn’t be so expensive do to their current financial issues.
    .-= Nick Laborde´s last blog ..7 Harsh Realities And A Thieving Santa =-.

  • Brooke vs. the World -

    August 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Such a pretty place! Love the photos 🙂

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  • Leigh -

    January 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I know it was a while ago that you were in Iceland but just wanted to let you know that I loved the article and the shots. It’s on my bucket list.

    • Bethany -

      January 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Oh thanks Leigh! I hope you are doing well. 🙂 @Leigh,

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  • shabrina -

    June 6, 2014 at 1:43 am

    WOOWW!! i love ur Iceland articles.. Will save up and go there for sure