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Eye Spy in Iceland – Photo Essay

Play Eye Spy in Iceland with my favourite photos from my latest travel adventure exploring Iceland including, waterfalls, planes and cute Icelandic Horses.

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To say that I am obsessed with taking photos when I travel is an understatement. I spend hours trying to capture the perfect shot. Most of the time failing miserably.

But every now and then I create something that I am really proud of. Especially as my photography skills have evolved.

In the past I have shared my favourite travel photographs as “Photo Essays”. But I have been wanting to create a new photography series on this travel blog. So today I am pleased to introduce “Eye Spy”. You can use these photos to keep yourself (or the kids) entertained next time you travel by trying to find and capture these same photographs.

To kick-start the new Eye Spy photo series I wanted to showcase my favourite photographs from Iceland. A truly magical destination that resulted in over 1,000 shots in just 7 days.

Eye Spy in Iceland

Eye Spy one wooden bridge near Silfra dive site.

Diving in Silfra Iceland Photos

Diving in Silfra

Eye Spy a path between two tectonic plates splitting.

Silfra Tectonic Plates splitting in Iceland

Eye Spy one Geysir erupting.

Geysir erupting in Iceland

Eye Spy Icelandic mountains created and weathered by volcanoes and glaciers.

Iceland Mountain Photos

Eye Spy traditional Icelandic Viking Huts.

Iceland Viking House

Eye Spy curious, stumpy and wide, Icelandic Horses wanting to be patted.

Icelandic Horses

Eye Spy glaciers of all sizes floating and reflecting in a Glacier Lagoon.

Glacier Lagoon Icebergs

Eye Spy a waterfall you can walk behind while staying dry.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Photo

Eye Spy a waterfall that draws the crowds close.

Skogafoss Waterfall

Eye Spy a sunset before the Northern Lights dance across the sky.

Sunset in Iceland

Eye Spy a glacier you can walk on hundreds of years old.

Solheimajokull Glacier Walking - Ice Climbing

Eye Spy a plane crash on a deserted beach.

Plane Crash on Solheimajokull Beach near Vik

Eye Spy three giant rock stacks whose legend says they were giants caught by the daylight.

Three Giants Rock Stack - Reynisfjall Point

Eye Spy a cliff and a hole in a rock.

View to Dryholaos from Reynisfjall Point

Eye Spy a lighthouse, the tallest building in Southern Iceland.

Villingaholt Lighthouse Beach

Tell me… Have you been to any of these spots in Iceland? And which is your favourite photo?

 

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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28 Comments

  1. Nat

    April 25, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Great photo’s capturing Iceland’s beauty! Hope your trip was full of adventure.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      We went hiking, diving, ice climbing and much, much more 🙂 So definitely full of adventure. Will try to get more posts up but travelling for the next 2 months so it will be difficult!

  2. EurotripTips

    April 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    That is all kinds of awesome. I love the vertical shots – they give a brand new perspective and grandeur to the landscape! Good job.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      I never used to put in the vertical photos until recently and love how it also breaks up the post a little bit more 🙂 But it definitely creates a very dramatic effect for destinations like Iceland.

  3. bronwen burmester

    April 26, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    They are all fabulous photos Cole and wonderful scenery but I think I like the icebergs all reflected in the glacier lake. Spectacular. Not really a place I had considered busting a gut to get to but your comments and photos are great! Maybe a Lotto win will help me get there. x

    • Cole Burmester

      April 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      It is quite similar to New Zealand but just more compact. Mountains, glaciers, geysirs and the beach are all within a few hours drive of one another.

  4. Home Town Travel Guides

    April 30, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Fantastic photos!Those landscapes are almost unworldly. Love those long-haired horses too!

  5. Moss Burmester

    April 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Awesome photos! Have wanted to get there and now really want to see Iceland.
    I think the plane photo should be entered in a comp, it makes you ask questions, like “what happened?” “did anyone get killed?”. It is very cool, also like the top of the cliff one, as I can see you are living life on the edge!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Apparently the plane was an American Army plane that had to do an emergency landing. Luckily no one was killed!
      And you definitely need to make it to Iceland bro. Such a beautiful country.

  6. Debbie

    April 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Great photos! Absolutely stunning. Have not yet been to Iceland, but now I definitely want to experience it!

  7. Samantha

    June 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Wow! I’m in awe of these pictures, especially the one with the cliff. Now I really need to go to Iceland it looks absolutely breathtaking! Just gorgeous landscape and scenary

  8. Kristy of Family Visa

    June 18, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    I am totally smitten with those pictures that you’ve taken. Nice shoot and keep us entertain about the beauty of the world through your lens!

  9. Rob

    June 29, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Stunning pics mate! Beautiful colours and landscapes.

  10. Ferrial Pondrafi

    September 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    OMG! those are stunningly beautiful. especially the plane crash.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 6, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Thanks Ferrial 🙂 I plan to do a post about how to find this secret plane spot soon!

      • Ferrial Pondrafi

        September 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        you’re very welcome. 🙂 Oh anyway, do you have any picture or perhaps ever take any pictures of abandoned amusement park? i think that’s really great.

        • Cole Burmester

          September 11, 2013 at 4:13 AM

          No I haven’t done that but have seen some beautiful photos in the past. Would love to find some abandoned buildings or amusement parks to explore though!

  11. Nathalie

    March 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Wow! Those are fantastic! We are planning our trip to Iceland as I’m typing this reply – I will be sure to try and find the plane – I think it would be cool to see! I think my favourite shot is of the cliff – I can’t explain why – it’s just fabulous!

  12. Nelvino

    March 25, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Lovely pictures… check out my experience in Iceland n let me know what u reckon…pics are not like yours 🙂

  13. Escape Hunter

    March 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Crashed plane… wow, that must have been one heck of a sight!
    Love Iceland. I still think it’s rather green than icy and ironially we call Greenland “green”, when the expression “Iceland” would be more appropriate. Should the two islands switch names? 🙂

  14. christine

    July 9, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I love Iceland. I went in the winter, it looks so different!

  15. koh

    September 12, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    hi Cole, marvellous pictures! and thanks for sharing, just wondering what camera you use to take the photos?

  16. Fabiana

    January 8, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    You have some amazing photos here. I have wanted to visit Iceland for some time now and it looks like I’m finally going to be able to do it.

  17. Valen-Travel Scamming

    September 25, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    I am researching a visit to Iceland right now. Your pictures have definitely made me excited to go! Love the one of the glaciers!!

  18. Como conquistar uma amiga

    December 25, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Great Article, Amazing Photos

    I found this very beautiful place I want to visit soon

  19. Mark

    July 24, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Lovely pictures…
    its a very helpful post thanks for sharing this information

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Amsterdam Food Guide

If you think of Amsterdam you don’t think of food. However if you try the food here in our Amsterdam food guide you might get lucky.

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Amsterdam Food Waffles

We are total foodies and our travelling has allowed our passion for food to grow considerably (not to mention our waist lines)!  We love trying new food when we visit foreign countries and always make a huge effort to eat the local cuisine. Check out some of the food we ate below in our cheap and delicious Amsterdam Food Guide.

Amsterdam Food Waffles

We had heard from a number of people that the Amsterdam food was nothing to rave about. To be honest food was not really our main interest in visiting but then again neither was an Amsterdam Peep show and we ended up enjoying that!

However we were pleasantly surprised. I think the people whom we had talked to had it wrong. Sure Holland doesn’t really have a local cuisine but once we got over this fact we realised there is still some damn good food to be had from the various Amsterdam Restaurants.

Amsterdam Food

The best meal we had was actually next door to the Red Light district in Chinatown. Crossing the canal to the east away from the neon lights your nostrils are attacked and your mouth begins salivating from the delicious smells wafting along the narrow cobbled streets.

As we walked into Bird Thai restaurant the enticing aroma hit us instantly leaving us drooling in anticipation. It was definitely up there with some of the best Thai food we have had. We went for the classic Green curry, fried rice and duck combo.

The Green curry was so flavoursome with the richness of the coconut milk blending perfectly with the traditional spices.  The duck was cooked to perfection and for the first few minutes of the meal all you could hear was the crunching of the crispy outside layer as we devoured the duck in minutes. Needless to say the fried rice was a taste explosion too!

Cheap and delicious Amsterdam food is easy to come by. With hangovers and munchies affecting your hunger it is no surprise that there are an abundance of Fast Food chains and takeaways in Amsterdam. In fact it was actually more the way that the fast food was served that surprised us as you could buy it out of massive vending machines at Febo!

Amsterdam Food Febo

Hidden workers stand behind the vending machines churning out burgers, fries and sausage rolls so all you has to do is insert a Euro and “hey presto” you have a hot meal in your hungry hands.

Then there were the frites stores which seemed to be on every corner. The first thing you noticed about these was the tantalising smell. There is nothing like the smell of chips straight out of the fryer and covered in salt to get you tummy rumbling. Served in a triangle cardboard carton and covered in mayo which meant that that you couldn’t reach the chips at the bottom without covering your greedy fingers in sauce. Just a tad annoying!

But there is nothing like hot chips to warm you up on a cold day.

Finally, while hot chocolates are not typically food I feel they still deserve a mention especially because the usually come paired with waffles! Ahhhh the perfect breakfast.

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate

We loved nipping into a cafe or bar like Cafe Bar Eddy in Amsterdam to warm ourselves up with a hot chocolate. It literally tasted like they had melted chocolate down and added cream. Heaven in a cup. And the choice of waffles was daunting as you could have whatever you wanted. Fruit, chocolate, syrups, cream or all of the above!

If you are heading here then don’t expect to find an array of traditional Amsterdam food. Instead treat yourself to a hot chocolate and waffle for breakfast, grab a quick bite from a vending machine and sample some of the different cuisines found near the Red Light District.

If you stick to this Amsterdam food guide then your taste buds will have a great holiday too!

If you have visited before then what did you think of Amsterdam food?

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Check out our guide for the first timer in Amsterdam visiting a coffeeshop.

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Before getting started I just want to clarify that we are not drug users. We don’t condone using illegal drugs. And we are not telling you to go and smoke weed in Amsterdam. BUT, our goal of this travel blog is to help advise, educate and provide travel tips for ALL situations. So if you are headed to Amsterdam then we hope our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam will help you out.

And check out this smoker friendly accommodation for your next trip.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam Coffeeshop

When you tell people that you are visiting Amsterdam then they immediately think of one thing and one thing only. Weed. Dope. Herb. Buds. Spliff. Whacky Tobbacky. Pot. Marijuana. Cannabis. 

Call it what you will but just know that the biggest name for it is “ILLEGAL”.

Yes it is actually illegal to smoke weed in Amsterdam. But for now the Netherlands government do tolerate smoking in designated “coffeeshops”. This is slowly changing as the Government tries to moderate the tourism drug trade and in 2013 there will be new laws which we won’t go in to now as they are continuously changing.

In the meantime if you obey the rules, are not a moron and use our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam then you are going to be fine.

Smoke weed in Amsterdam

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t smoke weed in Amsterdam in public such as on the streets. There are over 300 designated coffee shops where you are tolerated to smoke weed. These places are regulated and everything is done in the open.

Don’t get confused and try to smoke in a koffiehuis (coffee house) which sells coffee and light meals or a café that is a casual restaurant and/or bar.

The coffeeshops are super easy to spot with marijuana leaves in the windows and Bob Marley paintings on the doors. Not to mention the smell wafting through the cold breeze. There will also be the usual tourists that have stupidly over-indulged and are glassy eyed.

We visited one of the five Bulldog coffeeshops when we were in Amsterdam and had no complaints. We even enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate while we were there!

Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Buying weed in Amsterdam

As long as you are over 18 then you will be allowed to buy up to 5 grams of weed in the regulated coffeeshops. Plus you have the added security knowing that your marijuana is not going to be laced with anything else if you are attempting to buy it off someone on the street. And who knows, they might be setting you up to get busted.

We were (and are) total amateurs and had no idea what to do once we actually stepped foot in the coffeeshop. But quickly sussed it out. There will generally be a “dealer bar” with full menu’s and everything for you to choose. So if you are an expert you will probably know what to order! Prices will of course vary by quantity (grams, bags, individual joints) and quality.

For a beginner ask lots of questions. Don’t be shy like we were. Ask the staff what they recommend and what effects each type has. They will know then that you are a newbie and will guide you. Just know that they are very accustomed to tourists who don’t know exactly how to go about the whole process.

What we found out is that it is actually perfectly fine for you to visit other coffeeshops and smoke weed that you have already purchased somewhere else. However, it is considered rude not to at least buy a hot chocolate or coffee if you do this. Coffeeshops do also have some of the best coffee in Amsterdam.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t be an idiot

Number 1 rule: Don’t smoke too much weed in Amsterdam! Even if you are a pot loving hippie from a commune you are probably going to find the marijuana really strong in Amsterdam. Just take it slow.

If you are enjoying a drink as well then again take it easy with the booze. All the coffeshops won’t sell you beer as well as cannabis.

EAT! Don’t go drinking and smoking on an empty stomach as cannabis lowers your blood sugar level and this can turn a fun day into a disaster if you haven’t eaten recently. Check out our Amsterdam Food Guide for some quick eating tips here.

A final word of warning, please watch out for the spacecake! Eating cannabis will knock you on your ass and is much stronger than when smoked.

Finally, enjoy yourselves and for goodness sake obey the rules, laws and customs while you are smoking weed in Amsterdam.

If you have an addiction to drugs then reach out and seek some help.

Check out these Weed Products for your next travel adventure.

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Four Jandals Visits an Amsterdam Peep Show

Have you ever wanted to visit an Amsterdam peep show? We had the chance to go and embraced it with open arms. Check out our experience here

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Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

An Amsterdam peep show is a must, just like visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Okay slightly different. But you have got to go!

And if you have ever wanted to visit Amsterdam then more than likely you are going to be interested in checking out a peep show in the red light district. It might be worthwhile checking out this Amsterdam’s Red Light District – The ultimate guide.

Amsterdam Moulin Rouge Red Light District

There is something about the red light district that draws the punters and tourists alike in. Maybe it is the bright red neon lights that illuminate the darkened alleyways that pull them in like moths to a flame. Or the bars and coffee shops that let a certain smell waft lazily across the glistening canals.

Or maybe it is just the fact that sex really does sell.

When we visited Amsterdam with a couple of friends we actually spent what I now consider an embarrassingly long time in that same area. The fact is that we seriously could not get enough.

Not like that of course!

We just couldn’t believe that everyone is so open and carefree about what is for all intents and purposes, window shopping for sex. The number of guys knocking on windows and being ushered behind the curtains of every room were staggering.

However, we were not enticed ourselves to fork over $50 euros but were intrigued enough to want to check out an Amsterdam peep show. I just want to clarify here that it was actually Adela that was the most keen. I just didn’t want to let her down so went along with it…

Amsterdam Red Light District

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Visiting the Amsterdam peep show

Much to our surprise, there is only one Amsterdam peep show left in the whole city back in 2012!

The very originally named “Sex Palace” is situated on the banks of one of the main canals in the heart of the red light district on Oudezijds Achterburgwal street. Walking under the neon flashing lights into the entrance way your senses are assaulted by sights, sounds and disturbingly smell.

All around the walls are posters and screens showing ladies in various states of undress and positions. A white board lists the movies that you can rent out for your viewing pleasure in one of the many private booths. But we were only there for one thing:

The circular structure sitting slightly to the left of the entrance with a dozen small doors along it’s walls. 

Each of those small doors lead into equally small rooms no larger than a traditional UK phone box. A small covered viewing window blocks your view forward.

The money box clinging to the wall to operate the viewing window only accepts coins. But don’t worry if you only have notes as they handily have a large coin machine dishing out $2 euro coins for ease of watching.

Once you close the door and chuck in your money, the viewing window pops open for 2 minutes and allows you to view the large, slowly-rotating stage on which a scantily-dressed woman displays herself. With her flexibility she could have represented any country in the upcoming Olympics!

Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

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I was cracking up laughing the entire time I was in there because you can actually just make out the rest of the “audience” in the opposite booths. I even got a little wave and smile as the girl slowly revolved past my window.

The Amsterdam peep show was a little bit creepy. But even though we were there late on a Saturday night the booths were doing a roaring trade. Obviously nearly everyone else, from the hens parties to the couples, were there for the same reason as us. To check out one or two rounds before heading back into the night giggling like school girls at a sleepover at what we had just done.

The shifty eyed single men on the other hand skulked away to their respective viewing windows again and again with pockets full of coins.

If you ever get the chance then we actually do highly recommend taking the plunge and visiting an Amsterdam peep show. Just make sure that you are always respectful of the women in the shows and the ones on the streets!

Have you ever been to an Amsterdam Peep Show or Sex show? Tell us about your experience below.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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