In many towns and villages around the coastline in Iceland fishing and fish processing is still the main means of income for most people. Consequently, young people have a lot of interest in the sea and are eager to learn the trait. And, fortunately, their vision of the future is connected to their village. “We intend to stay in our fjord all our live” was the message from these young fishing enthusiasts in Neskaupstaður in the Eastern Region af Iceland.

Fishing and fish processing is still the main means of income

Originally the foundation of Perlan, the Pearl, was built as supply tanks for the geothermal heating in Reykjavík. In the eighties, the idea of a structure on top of the tanks developed and was implemented. The building was quite controversial but enforced with a determination by the Reykjavik mayor at the time, Davíð Oddsson. The project has proven to be a huge success as Perlan has become one of the major landmarks of Reykjavík and a popular spot to view and photograph Reykjavík.

Vopnafjörður is one of the rather isolated villages in the Eastern Region of Iceland. It is one of the fortunate communities as fishing and fish processing is still a solid base for the town’s economy. The town has a beautiful location and surroundings and a great view of the surrounding mountains. For tourists, it is an excellent destination to make a night stop; with a good camping area and nice accommodation. 

Vopnafjörður is an excellent village for stoping and resting

When driving from the South Region in Iceland through Breiðdalsvík on our way to Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður we drove past this old deserted house by the lighthouse. It looked kind of miserable in the fog, and we could hardly see the beautiful lighthouse. There are many old deserted houses on the ring road in Iceland. Some of them quite interesting to photograph.

Deserted houses on the ring road

In recent years, Reykjavík has developed into a city with a city-like skyline. Some years ago there were only small houses visible in the “skyline”. Today the city is on a fast track to becoming a modern like city, although fortunately the city organizers have had the sense to preserve the old part of town in a proper manner.

Reykjavik today

Almost in all the towns and villages around Iceland you will find a swimming pool. Some of them are old indoor swimming pools, but many are fairly new. This photo is from a nice swimming pool at Hella in the Sothern Region of Iceland. A good place to stop and take the kids swimming.manner.

You can find a swimming pool in almost all towns and villages in Iceland

Borgarfjörður Eystri, or Bakkagerði, is probably one of the smallest villages in Iceland. Surrounded by the beautiful landscape the village offers a surprising variety of accommodation and has a wonderful restaurant, Álfacafé. The fish soup is quite good with fresh fish of the day.

One of the most isolated and remote villages in Iceland is Raufarhöfn, located on the east side of Melrakkaslétta in the Northern Region in Iceland. Fishing and fish processing has always been the most important means of income for most residents and still is. The church has also had an important role in a community the see has taken its toll throughout history.

Raufarhöfn is an isolated and remote village in Iceland
Þórhallur Másson is a true Highland Man

You will either love it or hate it. Most love it. Whichever it is, the Icelandic Highlands never cease to fascinate both locals and their visitors. The island is only habitable along the coastlines as the Highlands cover most of the country. And, it is a dangerous place.

The Icelandic Highlands never cease to fascinate both locals and their visitors
Lára Halla Maack found the perfect spot for her love of gardening

Mosfellsbær is possibly the strangest town in Iceland. Located just north of Reykjavík with a population of approximately 9000, it is a sleepy and quiet community where nothing ever seems to happen. It doesn't have a shopping street, a buzzing centre with restaurants and cafés, nor a vibrant nightlife. But, year after year, it is voted the best place to live in Iceland.

Mosfellsbær is the town where the psychiatrist Lára Halla Maack finally settled in