The joy of travel, the pain of deadlines

I am slowly emerging from a seven-month bubble of guidebook research and writing, which saw me spend 7.5 weeks in Denmark in April-May, four weeks back home in Melbourne in June, then six weeks in Iceland from July into August.

And then the pain began: writing up all my research and juggling constant (often clashing) deadlines, with an additional writing project thrown in. There were, in total, three books on the go (Denmark, Iceland, and Scandinavia). It was hellish and stressful and there were moments when I thought there was no way it could all get done – but finally I finished. Hallelujah.

But even with the 16-hour days in front of the computer, the knots in my shoulders, the caffeine guzzling, the lack of any social life, the challenges of meeting wordcounts – it was all worth it. These were two of my all-time favourite research trips, loaded with joy and gorgeous interactions and impossibly wonderful landscapes.

Iceland continues to dazzle me, and leaves me feeling that I need so much more time there, to explore every nook and cranny, in every season. It is magnificent. I mean, just look:

Scenes from one of my favourite towns in the north, Siglufjörður

Scene from one of my favourite towns in the north, Siglufjörður

Restaurants on the Siglufjörður waterfront

Restaurants on the Siglufjörður waterfront

Whale watching and fishing trip out of Dalvík

Whale-watching and fishing trip out of Dalvík

More from the boat trip out of Dalvík

More from the boat trip out of Dalvík

Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods

Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods

Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall

Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall

Late-night soak at Mývatn Nature Baths

Late-night soak at Mývatn Nature Baths

Views from Húsavík

Views from Húsavík

One of my favourite days - exploring the caldera of Askja

One of my favourite days – exploring the caldera of Askja

Fjordside spa at Borgarfjörður eystri

Fjordside spa at Borgarfjörður eystri

So this handful of photos barely touches the surface of Iceland’s wonder (and only covers about a third of my trip). There will be future posts to share more pics and wax more lyrical. And themes! I see themed picture galleries (waterfalls, hot pools, boats, birds, food, horses…). My love for Iceland runs deep. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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