"In Iceland, you can see the contours of the mountains wherever you go, and the swell of the hills, and always beyond that the horizon. And there's this strange thing: you're never sort of hidden; you always feel exposed in that landscape. But it makes it very beautiful as well." Hannah Kent
It was late May and we thought we would be met by spring but we were in for a few surprises. Driving to the northwest fjords we navigated a mountain pass in a heavy snow storm. Settling in Heyderla we hiked, and spent a bit longer then planned because our southern route was still snowed over.
The most interesting people live in these beautiful, remote places like Heydarla. You may not get to know them well but you know they are resilient, hardworking, can live part of the year on a few hours of sunlight, and are content living miles, many miles from the nearest settlement, the nearest gas pump.
You understand why. The beauty of the landscape wraps around you and you are exposed, humbled and astonished. Here is a place where nature far exceeds your expectations.
Interiors from top: Heyderla farmhouse inn, Hotel Hellnar, Reykavik guest house.
All images © 2015 Marcia Glover