I have been taking photos since I was 8 years old, but it was only last summer on the Peace River in Florida that I learned, I should put my camera in a watertight bag when I canoe with my husband. So I had to buy a new camera and I learned to use my iphone if the Nikon is too heavy to balance.

In 1984 I boarded an airplane for the first time in my life and flew to the United States with IcelandAir via Keflavik. The food was the best: Icelandic yoghurt and the best fish I ever had. Keflavik airport was a little wooden shack, similar to the train station in Hinterweidenthal, Germany. I bought several postcards and admired the Icelandic wool sweaters. Then I was on my way to Baltimore.

The seed to explore the magic brown land without trees had been planted. For someone who grew up in the woods, this was the opposite. Opposites attract.

29 years later, in the summer of 2013, Maria, Ewald, Bill and I made it happen: We drove the ring road, all 1332 km of it, around Iceland. We saw a lot of sheep and scared some of them. Ewald is good at it.

Waterfalls, rainbows and sheep, mountains, geysers and sheep, meadows, hot pots and more sheep, open, talking to friendly folks while soaking in the natural springs, friendly folks, empty beaches, cows, horses, sheep, rocks and puffins. And to my surprise: Iceland does have trees!

2015 we went back and hiked from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork with Einar and Saga. We fell in love!

2017 we stayed closer to home and hiked in Yellowstone National Park.

2019 we went to Norway. Hiking. With Mats and Franka. Thank you for the wonderful idea, Maria!

Enjoy! Get out and hike if you are sad or bored.