Dear Friend,

We live in a world of high contrast. Unimaginable wealth, sitting side-by-side abject poverty. Beauty, accentuated by ugliness, peace and harmony marred by discord.

There’s some old wise saying about how you need darkness to know the light … perhaps.

All I know is that life is quite a show. Hang on and enjoy the ride. 

Peace out, from Reykjavik.

#8 – Black Hole Sun

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

Nauð er Þýjar þrá
ok þungr kostr
ok vássamlig verk.
opera niflungr.


Constraint = grief of the bond-maid
and state of oppression
and toilsome work.

Behind the Scenes

This photo was an accident. I happened to snap a picture of downtown Reykjavik then apply some contrast. I had no idea it would look like a blackhole was opening up in the sky. That’s what I love about photography – there’s the joy of taking pictures, then there’s the joy of discovering what pieces of art you actually have. The main adjustments were to remove color and bump up the contrast. I didn’t do much more than that.

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