Transmogrification – Iceland

Transmogrify – to change, morph, transform.

My first trip to Iceland introduced me to a landscape that somehow rattled the portal to ancient memories.


Rock, water, mountain – primeval elements transported me back in time, a thousand years ago.


Wind, ice, sun, lava – elemental forces that transform the geography of place….and the geography of soul.


Even before I have my DNA tested, I know that it carries Viking blood.
I know THIS place. I have been here before.


I felt transported back in time, listening to people talking a language I could almost understand, swords clanging, horses neighing. Times were hard, the climate even harsher. Survival was uncertain and never taken for granted.

And, yet, we are still here, more numerous than ever before, crowding together in ever-expanding cities across the globe.
Here in Iceland, though, you can still hear the earth’s heart beat and dream of the early times.


The DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify.

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60 Responses to Transmogrification – Iceland

  1. Beautiful Annette! I can see why Iceland stirred up ancient memories and the idea of transmogrification.

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  2. Oh wow, I feel very drawn to this landscape, fantastic images Annette. Iceland is on my travel list!

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  3. Dina says:

    Beautiful impressions of Ieland and a great take on teh challenge, Annette.
    I’m sure it was hard to limit the number of photos. Iceland must be perfect for photography.

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  4. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    What a cool experience – the familiarity. So beautiful. Have always wanted to go there. Seems like there would be a lot of fairies there.

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  5. Inger says:

    What a gorgeous photo series, Iceland is really a special place:)

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  6. de Wets Wild says:

    Lovely pictures and sentiments, Anette!

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  7. You had my own Viking Roots yearning to go running through the Icelandic wilderness, Annette. Great photos and words. –Curt

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  8. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely captures Annette, woven beautifully into your story

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  9. voulaah says:

    beautiful and cool experience
    thank you so much for sharing


  10. distancewide says:

    Your pictures are great !! I am planning a trip to Iceland in spring 2017. I will follow your blog to see and read more 🙂


  11. Thanks for sharing your beautiful journey Annette. Your photos are wonderful as always, capturing the unique forms & aura of the past reflected in modern Iceland.
    I did not know that soul has geography…another one the many facets of your character.
    You should consider writing a book. 🙂

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  12. Stunning images and beautiful writing. Another country added to my long bucket list! Look forward to reading more.

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  13. bythebriny says:

    Fabulous photos. Would love to visit Iceland one day.

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  14. Bill says:

    Thank you for sharing your trip and feelings. I had no idea the place
    Was so beautiful.


  15. Tish Farrell says:

    Those opening words shook my soul roots, Annette. Landscape, landscape, landscape. It is part of our programming, and most of the time we’re cut off from the control panel. Am fascinated by your sense of Viking connection. I’m thinking Vikings are in my DNA too – the heartland of my Derbyshire Fox ancestors was also once part Danelaw. Wonderful photos as always. Iceland has been nudging at the edges of my consciousness for some time – and the more so recently since we watched the Icelandic thriller series ‘Trapped’. There are big, big stories in this land.


    • Yes, I agree, Tish, “There are big, big stories in this land.” I was only there for 4 days, though, and just got an inkling. I think the Vikings are very much intertwined with our history as Europeans, the first(?) intrepid explorers….but there’s more there that reminds me about the Pagan connection with the land, and who knows what else. I may be facilitating a women’s retreat there in the summer of 2017, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to go back for a longer period of time. I hope you’ll get a chance to go there, it is only a short flight from the UK.

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  16. utesmile says:

    Just beautiful as I also remember it. Well worth a visit or more!

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  17. I so wan to go to Iceland! Your posts have rekindled my desire!


  18. After studying the Icelandic sagas and the Eddas for two-plus years, I am finally getting to go to Iceland in May! I am so excited, I can hardly wait! 🙂 Thanks for your posts and beauriful photos!


  19. I love your Iceland posts. I went a few weeks ago and am writing several posts myself. I love the range of colours you have captured. It had just snowed before I went making my photos not so colourful. I’ll definitely be going back. check out my recent posts on


  20. I love your photography, Annette. Did you have training in it, or did you learn simply by doing? Your shots are consistently wonderful! 🙂


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  22. Ratio says:

    Beautiful photography!!


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  24. Maria F. says:

    Amazing landscapes Annette, you’ve made it so far, I’m happy for you.


  25. This post has just made me even more excited for my visit, so thank you.

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