Dear friend, the Icelanders’s belief in elves fills me with joy. That apparent whimsy adds a splash of magic in a mundane world. Every little hole or crack in the earth becomes a possible entrance to their domain.

By law, even major construction projects have to mind the possible homes of the hidden folk. I love that Icelanders choose to see the world this way. Whimsical? Maybe. Beautiful? Most certainly.

Like the poster in Fox Mulder’s office says – I want to believe.

P.S. The postcard shows a famous elf door at Thingvellir National Park

Want to learn more?ólk

#9 – Elf Door

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 Anthropics for providing me a copy of their @LandscapeProApp. This package makes dramatic photo touch ups possible with a few clicks.

#Anthropics #LandscapeProApp


Icelandic Rune Poems

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

Íss er árbörkr
ok unnar þak
ok feigra manna fár.
glacies jöfurr.


Ice = bark of rivers
and roof of the wave
and destruction of the doomed.

Behind the Scenes

The main portion of this image was perfect right out of the camera, but the sky was rather bland. I used Landscape Pro to add a more typical Icelandic sky.

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