Photos from Isafjordur, Iceland

I only spent a few weeks in Isafjordur, and by far it’s been one of the best cities I have every visited. Mostly because of the friends I made but that, it’s still so routed in nature. Here are a few photos from my time there.

The Viking man. We meet him while taking a field trip with the summer program at Háskólasetur Vestfjarða and received a history lesson on how the northern vikings lived and fished 1000 years ago.
Viking Man in Bolungarvik

A storm is approaching
Clouds over Isafjordur

One of the bakeries in town called Gamla Bakarid. Really tasty breads and sweets, like the Vienerbrod. Mmmmm, so tasty!
Icelandic Bakery

Here’s the view of the little city. It only took 20 minutes to walk up and you could go higher.

Fog descending from the mountains.
Fog over Red house

Ohhh so yummy fish! I wrote more about Tjoruhusid, the little fish restaurant at the end of the town road. Seriously, best food ever. Best. The fish soup, something I’m not so fond of, was the best I have ever had.
Delicious Fish

Near the restaurant is where fish was weighed and taken to the market. This of the fish scales used.
Fish Scale Isafjordur
What an adorable town in northern Iceland!

Photo Monday: Visiting Narvik, Norway

I love the Arctic cities. They are beautiful, words cannot express them. So without going too far into detail, here is this week photo set from Narvik, a small city in Arctic Norway. To get there, you take the train from Kiruna (sweden) via Stockholm and most coastal cities.


An off the beaten path hike, led us up here
Inside the Fjords

The Sun never sets in June, July or August. Get ready for all day awesomeness and weirdness. Wow!

And the local Nordic church
the church

I’ll try to post where I stayed and such so people know.

Photo Monday: Bryce Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs, Utah

Nothing about Sweden or Swedish people today. It’s about our awesome roadtrip through California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Here are a few photos from the roadtrip along with the map of our route. After sleeping the night in the car at an RV park, we drove to Bryce Canyon and continued north to Salt Lake City that very day. Below are a few photos from southern Utah. I love that state and want to see more of it in the future.

Below is the Vermillion Cliffs that borders Arizona and Utah. Part of the cliffs traverse Grand Escalante National Park. This is definitely worth seeing. We traveled on highway 89 east towards Page when night descended. However, go see the Vermillion Cliffs national park (we didn’t and wish we had). You can find information about it here.
Vermillion Cliffs

We slept in the Jimmy for the night at some RV park. It was near freezing outside and we were stupid enough to not have real blankets. Twice in the middle of the night we turned the car on to get some heat. At least we work up at sunrise and were able to enjoy the sun and the many hours to travel.
RV park in Utah

The awesome Bryce Canyon. It was around 6:30AM and you could see the moon!
Bryce Canyon

This was in a tiny town, Panguitch. I love the old style buildings, it really reminded me of the wild west. How cool!
Downtown in somewhere Utah

And finally a map of our trip. I will try to attach images later.

View Roadtrip SF-LA-Las Vegas-Grand Cayon-Salt Lake-Reno-SF in a larger map

Photo Monday: SmakLust – Swedish Artisan Food Fair in Stockholm

Okay, it’s a month past the Smaklust fair, but I had to at least get some photos up for this week.

This week’s photos of Stockholm come from the SmakLust festival in Tantolunden in Södermalm, Stockholm. Saturday was a dreary rainy day and I didn’t dare go. With real luck, Sunday turned out to be beautifully warm day. Warm day also meant that thousands of people, dogs, strollers, and goats were running around booth to booth at the food festival. SmakLust, Tasting Delights in English, is the Swedish food fair that showcases artisan food producers from all over Sweden. The event is also sponsored by EldRimner, the national center for resources on artisan food (cutest logo they have).

The fair has different tent areas, representing the regions of Sweden: Dalarna, Sami, VästraGotland, Värmland, etc food stores are there. Each region also gave a map of the cheese, jam, sylt, meat, candy producers. It’s an amazing map, each little city showing what is their food speciality.
This guy is wearing a hat made out of tunnebröd and he runs the moose stand. He makes moose burgers. His bread and the meat are in the shape of a moose’s head. It’s hilarious but ingenious, supposedly he has a Swedish patent on his moose shapes.

And of course there is lots of Swedish food to taste! Meat and cheese lovers: this is paradise. I had a terrible opinion of Swedish cheese, but after tasting many Swedish cheese artisan makers, I have reversed my opinion.

Cheese at Smaklust Stockholm

There were also farm animals hanging out and a goat contest. The goat stood on the box and on the box were circles with numbers. You can place a bet for a number and wherever the goat pooped was the winning number. Good to know that country bumpkins exist everywhere. Oh and look at the little billy goat right near the box.

If you missed this food fair, there’s the Nordiska Chocolate Festival from Oct 9th to 11th. Yum yum, lots of chocolate!

Photo Friday: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Today isn’t Monday, but in the interest in staying on top of the blog, somewhat, I figured I should publish a post with new photos. I have been off of earth the past few weeks and it was amazing. I spent two awesome weeks in the US, followed by another week of ignoring the twitterati and blogosphere. Yes, real life stuff is great. ;) Now I’m back to real life in Sweden.

Here are photos from roadtrip in the southwest US in Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is the largest canyon in the world. At 6000 feet in depth, where the highest point is 8800 feet, the Canyon represents the finest representation of Earth’s evolutionary time periods. The oldest section of the canyon, located at the bottom of the shelf, is about 1.8 billion years old. When you look at the cliffs, you can see the striations of different periods in time.

To visit the Canyon, you have to decide to see the North Rim or South Rim; basically northern side or southern side of the canyon. We visited the North Rim (I visited the South Rim twice when I was younger) and it offers a much more staggering and sharp view of cliffs and landscape. Plus, the North Rim of the Canyon is only visited by 20% of the total visitors; less people to deal with and more parking spaces available.

Because we were not prepared for the roadtrip or any amount of real hiking, we hiked down only 800 feet to the Coconino Layer at 7400 feet. Nevertheless, the view was awesome. Here’s one photo below.
Grand Canyon in HDR

Afterward, we saw another point on the North Rim called the Northeast Viewpoint.
Northeast View, North Rim, Grand Canyon
For the Swedes out there, forget visiting NYC, go see the US Southwest and all the glorious natural beauty America has to offer. Swedish people always claim to love nature but few venture outside the Big Apple or San Francisco. Do something awesome. If you have questions about what to see, just drop a comment.

Next photo post will have photos from Vermilion Cliffs, Page Lake, and Bryce Canyon.

Sweden Photo Mondays: Stockholm Tunnelbanan

I am beginning a new series of articles on Lost in Stockholm entitled Swedish Photos on Mondays (well maybe later I can find a more graceful title).

Today’s photos are ones I took two years ago when visiting Sweden for the first time.  They are both of the Stockholm’s tunnelbana (the metro line). I love taking photos on the metro, you learn a lot about a city while riding the train. When I get bored at home, I sometimes ride a line end to end, to see where people live and where IS that end of the line station going to.

The tunnelbana is empty.  Notice the blue and gold colors on the metro; same as the national colors of Sweden.

deja vu
Reflecting view from inside one of the train cars while traveling on the green line on the t-bana.