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Fun Photo Friday — Iceland; Akureyri Favorites 4

A Study in Horizontal Symmetry

Here is today’s Fun Photo Friday of Akureyri, Iceland favorites:

Eyjafjörður Fjord

Hof Cultural Center

Vision of the Seas in Akureyri, Iceland

Text Addiction


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Transatlantic — Iceland; Jólagarðurinn (The Christmas House) Part 2

Jólahúsið elves

In addition to the main Christmas decorations store at Jólahúsið (the Christmas House) there is also another storefront catering the kitchen side of Christmas.

Jólahúsið storefront for kitchens and foodstuffs

Here you will find Christmas-themed kitchen decorations and foodstuffs:

Jólahúsið kitchen store

This separate storefront was quite popular with our tour group, as you can see:

Jólahúsið kitchen store

Here is an interesting clock made from a bed warmer, as well as other wall knickknacks:

Jólahúsið kitchen store

Getting back out of the storefronts and onto the grounds you’ll find several great things to photograph, not least of which is the surrounding landscape:

The view from Jólahúsið

There is also a small garden area adjacent to the kitchen storefront:

Jólahúsið garden area

And in that garden area is that wonderful mailbox:

A mailbox that allows you to get stuff off your chest

Outside the main Christmas decorations storefront you’ll find a picnic area, which would have come in handy had the snack bar been open:

Jólahúsið turret and picnic area

Notice the ‘candies’ decorating the roof of the Christmas store:

Jólahúsið (The Christmas House)

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Transatlantic — Iceland; Jólagarðurinn (The Christmas House) Part 1

Jólahúsið (The Christmas House)

I’m going to take things a little out of sequence this week. Last Wednesday I left you with a tour of Smámunasafn Sverris Hermannssonar, the Museum of Sundry Objects. Right behind that museum, about a five minute walk, is Saurbæjarkirkja, which is one of only six remaining turf-roofed churches remaining in Iceland. I’m going to save Saurbæjarkirkja for next Monday, however.

Jólahúsið (The Christmas House)

The reason is because our visit later that day to Jólahúsið (The Christmas House) is enough for a two-part article, and I didn’t want to split information about this tour destination over two weeks.

Jólahúsið (The Christmas House)

Jólahúsið is dedicated year round to all things Christmas. The inside of this shop looks a bit like the Christmas equivalent of one of those ubiquitous seasonal Spirit Halloween stores you see everywhere starting mid September every year:

Jólahúsið (The Christmas House)

In addition to the main building here, there is also a snack bar, which was closed during our brief visit:

Jólahúsið snack bar

The grounds are also photographically entertaining. Here is me having a bit of fun with Ursula and a ‘brjóstkassinn‘ (breast box) mailbox, and on this week’s Fun Photo Friday I’ll have even more fun with these two:

Having fun with Ursula at Jólahúsið

We’ll continue our tour on Wednesday. Until then I’ll leave you with these images of the store and grounds:

Jólahúsið (The Christmas House)

Jólahúsið (The Christmas House)


Jólahúsið (The Christmas House)

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