Though I live in Chicago, there’s no place I feel more at home in than Iceland. From the moment I saw the lights of Keflavik airport blinking in the darkness after the (surprisingly short) flight from New York, it just felt familiar, comfortable. Since then that feeling has only gotten stronger. Though I spend most of my days in an […]

I Heart My City: Katie’s Reykjavik

The 90-kilometer long Snaefellsnes Peninsula sits just to the northwest of Reykjavik. Often called “Iceland in miniature,” the peninsula is home to many of the beautiful landscapes found elsewhere in the country. If you don’t have time to drive around the entire island, a visit to the  Snaefellsnes Peninsula will give you an idea of what you would have seen […]

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

As you travel from the south coast of Iceland, a garrison of emerald-topped sentinels rises dramatically from the North Atlantic.  The Westman Islands lie roughly seven miles south of the Icelandic mainland, an isolated outpost of hearty fishermen, puffin colonies, and volcanic fury.  This archipelago of 15-18 islands (depending on the tide) are among the youngest land masses on earth […]

The Westman Islands

1) At roughly 39,000 square miles, Iceland is small – about the size of the US state of Ohio. 11% of the country is covered with glaciers, and 8% of that is a single one, Vatnajökull, which is located in the vast and nearly uninhabited interior. Three of Iceland’s five glaciers are the largest in Europe. Another 30% of the […]

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Iceland