Iceland – landscape and dress


I haven’t been to my usual stomping grounds in the east this year. So I’m going to stray away from my normally exclusive subject area of Russia, central and eastern Europe to put up some photos of the trip we made northwards in July, to Iceland. We went with a small group from the William Morris Society.  William Morris travelled to Iceland twice in the 1870s.  We were partly following in his footsteps (or hoof-prints, more accurately) but mostly we were just exploring the astonishing landscapes.

And here’s a link to the complete photobook I’ve put together.

I was interested to find out about the history of the national dress of Iceland, which was more or less invented in the middle of the 19th century by the artist Sigurður Guðmundsson.  Here’s the Iceland National Costume Board‘s own website.


I saw these splendid ladies at the Textile Museum in Blonduos. Also on display were the actual dresses they are wearing in the photograph.


I love that these fishermen decided to have a formal photograph taken in a studio, wearing their working clothes. Not exactly Icelandic men’s national dress, but perhaps it should be.

2 Responses to Iceland – landscape and dress
  1. John Plant
    November 18, 2016 | 4:50 pm

    These are wonderfully evocative photographs!

    • Pamela
      November 21, 2016 | 3:18 am

      Thank you John! Lovely to hear from you. I’m planning to go to Russia again next year.

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