I haven’t been able to write for a while – I’ve just got so much on. I’ve recently bought a house with my SO and there’s so much that needs doing to it – it’s a real project but I’m so excited, it’s going to look great when it’s done! We’re also moving offices at work which is taking up far more of my time than I thought it would. I’m struggling to keep up with my reading but I think it’s because I’m not properly engaged with my current book, The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin, – it’s just not for me but I’m powering through because it’s not not for me either? If that makes sense – I’m just a bit meh. But my most recent distraction is that I just got back from holiday in Iceland – the Land of Fire and Ice and yes that does sound suspiciously like the series by George R. R. Martin, the on-screen adaption of which is filmed in that same country – coincidence? I think not!
In all seriousness though, it was amazing and even though I didn’t get to see the Northern Lights properly (stupid storms) it was one of the best trips I’ve had in a long time.
I’ve put my best photos below and captioned them with information rather than having a really long post. Hope you enjoy and if you’ve been pondering going yourself – do, you won’t regret it.
I can’t believe I almost completely forgot – I bought two really awesome books while I was away – one from the Sage Museum (about Viking History in Iceland) and the other from this great book/music/coffee shop in the city. From what I can tell it’s the main book chain in Iceland (?), Penninn Eymundsson but I loved the place.
The first book I bought from the museum was The Sagas of the Icelanders by Jane Smiley (and others):
In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s great literary treasures – as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare.
Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.
The second (from Penninn Eymundsson) was the Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Edition of Tales of Norse Mythology by Helen A. Guerber which I’ve wanted forever and just could not resist when I saw it:
Scandinavians of the Viking Age explored the mysteries of life through their sagas. Folklorist Helene Adeline Guerber brings to life the gods and goddesses, giants and dwarves, and warriors and monsters of these stories in Tales of Norse Mythology. Ranging from the comic to the tragic, these leghends tell of passion, love, friendship, pride, courage, strength, loyalty, and betrayal.
So all in all a great trip and I can’t wait to dig into these books … but I’ve got a feeling it’ll be a while since Sagas of the Icelanders is a monster (700 odd pages – but it’s got deckled edges!!!) and I’ve got a tonne of books queued for NetGalley and already on my shelves … *sad face* ah well.