Dear Friend,

The heart of Reykjavík is the oldest part of the city and is nicknamed 101, the postal code for the area. It’s a vibrant cultural nexus, a place where the old and new intermingle in the most interesting ways.

The quaint, multicolored houses butt up against the distinctly modern Harpa Concert Hall. 

I snapped this shot in the window of a used bookstore. It reminded me of a scene from the 1960’s.

#6 – Flashback?

Postcards from Iceland is a series of 52 blogposts – delivered one per week – exploring the magic of Iceland through a series of Personalized Digital Postcards highlighting the stunning Icelandic landscape, the colorful cityscapes of Reykjavik; including the prolific urban art scene, and the mystery of Viking magic!

The postcard pictures are from my trip there for the Summer Solstice in 2017. We enjoyed a week exploring the country, driving south across the bottom of the island all the way to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Of course we experienced the Golden Circle and the beauty of Reykjavik. Each of these posts includes a free wallpaper picture that can be used on your computer or mobile device. Feel free to share and enjoy these original pictures for non commercial use.

* This series of blog posts is dedicated to my amazing wife, with whom I’ve shared so many great adventures.

Thanks to The Omni Group (@OmniGroup) for providing me a copy of their latest version of Omnigraffle. I previously produced the complex graphics for this blog on my Mac, but am now able to do it on-the-go with my iOS device. There is nothing else like this on the market.


Icelandic Rune Poems & Magic

With the first sixteen Postcards From Iceland blog posts, I’ll also include one verse from The Icelandic Rune Poem, which has been called the most systemized of the rune poems. Rune poems are thought to encapsulate esoteric knowledge of the symbol. Such interpretations are used in modern divination and meditation. Learn More?

#IcelandicMagic #Runes #Vikings #Iceland #Reykjavik #PostcardsFromIceland #HughBLong #Amwriting #IndieAuthor

(pictured above is a rune wand that I carved about 10 years ago)


Rune Name



Old Icelandic

Kaun er barna böl
ok bardaga [för]
ok holdfúa hús.
flagella konungr.


Ulcer = disease fatal to children
and painful spot
and abode of mortification.

Icelandic Magical Staves


Icelandic name


Manuscript Description

To open a lock without a key.

Behind the Scenes

I hope you are enjoying the photo. Many of the photos you’ll see in the coming weeks were shot with a Canon SX540HS but the Flashback? photo was taken with my iPhone 6s Plus then processed through Adobe Lightroom CC. The main adjustments were to desaturate the picture to give it an old B&W look.

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