Finally, I am writing about our family trip to Iceland over the holidays. It is always very special for us to be in Iceland during this time, we get to see a lot of friends and relatives and spend some quality time together.
This time, there was a very special event the day after we arrived. My niece and goddaughter, Anika Lif was baptized.
This is my mom with her two granddaughters, my daughter Svana and the star of the day, Anika.
She is just so precious, I just want to eat her up every time I get to see her.
Her big brother Bjarki just loves her to pieces too!
On day 3, we flew to northern Iceland, where my husband is from and stayed at his grandmothers farm where he spent a lot of time as a kid. This was the view from my window....gorgeous! The farm is right on Lake Myvatn, which is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland to visit. I love being there in the summer but the beauty of the landscape in the winter is just as breathtaking.
The attic is a magical place and holds many treasures. One of them is this doll that used to belong to my mother in law, Svana. She passed away when Torir was 19 so I never got to meet her. My daughter was named after her and one of the first things she does when we come is to go and check on the doll.
My sister lives in eastern Iceland so they came and stayed with us for a couple of days. This is my nephew and godson, Arnor. He is 3 and has a lot of energy....as a 3 year old should. He was so busy that he barely had time to look at the camera.
The kids had lots of fun in the sheep barn.
I think Svana would have moved in if we had let her!!
It was pretty cold when we were there, because of it's high elevation, Lake Myvatn records some of the coldest temperatures in Iceland. It was around zero degrees Fahrenheit when we went to Dimmuborgir.
Dimmuborgir is a hot tourist spot in the summer; it is an area of unusually shaped rock and lava formations with caves and such.
This was the first time I have been there in the winter and it was pretty cool!
Before Christmas you can find the authentic Icelandic Santas in Dimmuborgir. We met Kjotkrokur or "Meat-Hook" there and chatted with him.
This is overlooking the Dimmuborgir area.
I wanted to take much more landscape photos while we were there, but it was getting really cold. Another challenge is the lighting outside. If you visit Iceland in December, you will only get about 4 hours of daylight and even then, it never gets super bright outside because the sun doesn't get very high in the sky. The sun came up around 11:30 am and was down around 3:30. This is taken at 3pm and as you can see, this is sunset!
I had some fun with my sister....give us some cool accessories and we are entertained for hours!!
More to come....