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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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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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5 European Cities to Visit in the Dead of Winter

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As one of the most polarizing seasons, winter could be termed as both a blessing and a curse by those who like making the most out of nature.

After all, while it brings about the opportunity to build snowmen and to ski on magnificent ice slopes, it also brings a chill to the bone and a desire to never get away from the fireplace.

Don’t forget about the hot chocolate either.

That is why, when it comes to vacationing in winter, it gets quite difficult to choose from a location – especially when the destination is as diverse in climate as Europe. Do you select a place that’s sunny and warm? Or somewhere that lets you enjoy the ice and cold in the best ways possible?

To make that decision easier for you, here are 5 European cities that you could visit in the dead of winter, with the assurance that you would come out of the vacation phase with a smile on your face.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city that is synonymous with sunshine, warmth, and some of the world’s most breathtaking architecture.

The temperature rarely drops below 45 degrees even in the coldest months of the year. While the sunshine remains present amidst the rainy days. This means that you can enjoy the best effects of winter without having to endure the worst of them.

If you happen to be a fan of football, then these effects can be increased by several times. This beautiful city is home to one of the greatest football clubs of all time and with Barcelona FC in contention for a championship virtually every year, odds are you’ll be walking out with a smile on your face after watching a win. Not a bad way to take a break from the beach!

Athens, Greece

While you wouldn’t be able to go to Mount Olympus’ mythical version in this day and age, you can still experience Greece’s magnificence through the beautiful city of Athens.

Like Barcelona, Athens also sees rare drops in temperature while being consistent around 45 degrees throughout the heaviest months in winter. With the architecture that you can experience under the sun, this weather can actually be ideal for an exploratory walk.

And if you are a fan of Greek food, then checking out local restaurants for authentic dishes would only add to the overall experience of your trip.

Venice, Italy

Since Italy is full of some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world, it would be quite debatable to say that Venice is the crown jewel of the country in terms of structural beauty.

But it is.

From the way that the city has been designed to the manner that the buildings have been developed, Venice remains a breathtaking sight for anyone who visits it.

That remains true even in the months of winter, where the does drop to around 30 degrees, but still provides the tourists and inhabitants with a way to enjoy the magnificent sights under the sun.

Zugspitze, Germany

Germany is considered to be one of the coldest countries in Europe, but it is a good thing for those who enjoy a bit of snow during their travels.

And for those who do, there are perhaps not many places that are as marvelous as Zugspitze in terms of a memorable winter experience.

With snow covered mountains and a temperature that dances around -14 degrees in winter, you can enjoy an array of winter sports such as skiing, sledding, and snowboarding to your heart’s desire. If you are one to enjoy snow and everything good there is about the season of winter, then Zugspitze is the place to go.

Marseilles, France

While Paris gets quite cold in winter without the weather enhancing any effects of life within the city, Marseille seems to be quite the opposite. The city is as lively in the winter as it is during its busiest days in summer, with plenty to do in adjacent areas.

You may visit the many architectural sites and tourist attractions in Marseilles itself, but you can add to that experience when you choose to visit the Christmas markets in Aix en Provence or Avignon.

With that, the many warm and steamy French soups and bouillon based dishes that you can enjoy in Marseilles only add to the trip. This means that by the time you are done with your visit to Marseilles, you are bound to be fed well, have some goods in your shopping bags, and some memorable pictures in your phone to boot.

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Even the Most Expensive Cities Have Cheaper Alternatives: Paris

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According to the results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Worldwide Cost of Living” survey, Singapore, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Oslo are the most expensive places to live – and visit – this year. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit them, though – actually if your budget allows it, you should cross them off your bucket list as soon as you can. But this doesn’t mean you have to break all your piggy banks and sell your soul only to spend a weekend in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Unless you’re adamant that it’s “Paris or bust”, there are alternatives to this crowded and top-dollar destination you might want to consider – and start saving for your dream trip nonetheless.

Lyon

Lyon has a history of almost two millennia, and it shows: the remains of the Roman settlement Lugdunum, built at the confluence of the rivers Saône and Rhône, are showing to this day. Lyon might not be a capital city – it doesn’t have the size or the population – but its role in the everyday life of France was always important, both as a trade and a cultural hub.

The city has many gorgeous sights to see, like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Tour Métallique (a tall TV tower that replicates the top of the Eiffel Tower), among others, covering every age from the birth of the city to its modern times. Plus, it has museums, parks, gardens, and a street art group that has been designated the cultural ambassador for the city. Not to mention its cuisine, the unique and popular Lyonnaise cuisine that has become a worldwide sensation.

Lille

A relatively small city in the north of France, Lille is another charming alternative to a crowded and overpriced Paris. It features many distinct architectural styles, most of them with a clear Flemish influence. Among its landmarks, you find its Cathedral (Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille), its Citadel, its palaces, and gardens. Lille is also the place with the biggest flea market in Europe – Braderie de Lille takes place on the first Sunday of September, with millions of attendees and over 10,000 sellers gathering in the streets of the city. It’s a charming, agreeable, and colorful city that will offer its visitors a beautiful experience.

Strasbourg

Last but not least, let us mention a city with a double significance – on one hand, it’s the official seat of the European Parliament, on the other, it’s a wonderful place to visit and a great alternative to an overcrowded Paris.

Strasbourg is a place where French and German architecture mingle in a unique way, with an Old Town filled with timber-framed houses surrounding typical French landmarks and churches. It also has many notable parks, some with historic significance, and almost too many museums for its small size. Plus, it’s a distinctively multicultural city where visitors will find it easy to fit in.

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