We've just arrived at Textílsetur Íslands (otherwise known as The Icelandic Textile Center, in English) and are finally getting settled. Nice new digs, eh? I've spent the last 2 weeks on the roads of Iceland and it's been amazing, but I'm looking forward to putting down some roots and getting to work.
Once you've traveled around Iceland a bit, you come to understand that there are waterfalls around every corner. We took a little hike to see Glymur Waterfall and luckily, the sun came out for the grand finale. At 198 m. Glymur is Iceland's second highest waterfall, and definitely worth the hike!
Going into the second week in Iceland and so far so good! It's definitely the off season (and the rain and lack of people on the road are reminding us of that on a daily basis) but the landscape and people have been incredible. Hot spots like The Geysir, or Strokkur (another geysir), and Gulfoss (a huge waterfall) were still humming with visitors, but normally you can drive for miles without seeing a single soul. All the better for photography!
Perhaps the most interesting part was trying to imagine what Iceland was life for my mother when she lived here for a year between 1980-81. She was fascinated by how much Iceland has changed and grown since then - mainly that there were a lot more trees and people around the South. However, as one of our guides told us, there's still an expression that says, "If you ever get lost in a forest in Iceland, just stand up." Perhaps in another 30+ years that won't be the case, but it definitely provides a laugh as you drive past all the mini cedars.
Preparations are in full swing these days as I get ready for the big trip to Iceland and the residency program at the Icelandic Textile Center. I will be traveling there on September 17th to do a little look around and then start the program on 1 October. It will come to an end in late November so there is plenty to look forward to. Stay tuned!