Sleeping In


Daily Photo – Sleeping In

I usually am too swamped in the middle of photo-adventures to process and post immediately, but this one is an exception I made just a few hours ago.

I have a favorite fish restaurant here in Isafjordur called Tjöruhúsið. They bring out a huge skillet of three pieces of fresh fish cooked in a mushroom cream butter sauce. Also in the pan are potatoes, tomatoes, and even a salad tucked into the corner. I took my time eating my Viking meal while processing this photo.

I took it just yesterday while driving from Reykjavik to Isafjordur, which is just about one of the longest possible drives you can make in Iceland in a day if you have a reasonable level of sanity. There comes a point when you feel like you’re getting close, when you start weaving in and out of fjords. They are huge and each one seems to take over half an hour to drive around. (here is part of my driving path)

In the midst of one of these, I espied an old house up the side of one of the valleys. It was partially obscured by a hand-built stone wall. I stopped the car and started hiking up the side of the valley to investigate. Once I got up there, I began to think that maybe this place was actually occupied! There were new lace curtains hanging in the windows and everything seemed to be in pretty good repair.

So then, I felt like I was intruding, and not just exploring an old ruin. But, it was 3 AM in the morning, and I figured if anyone was indeed inside, they must be fast asleep. So I set up for a shot and then made a hasty elf-like egress.

I just found out this place is called Litli-Bær and it was originally built in 1894.

Sleeping In

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-06 23:36:09
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  • ISO100
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  • Susan

    Such a beautiful scene here Trey – lovely! The sun is pretty awesome too – know you are enjoying it!! Dinner sounds good too!

  • Beautiful work Sir Trey.
    I can almost see Gandalf on Shadowfax over the mountain top riding in from the sun!
    Perhaps the Helm’s Deep will be saved after all.

    …and speaking of amazingly brave deeds – valiantly accomplished by mortals and men – check out my latest picture which tells a mighty tale indeed, especially if you read the caption on the right of the it.

    1138Studios on 500px

  • Trey
    love your Iceland photos. and the fish sounded pretty good too. some day….Iceland ho!

  • Wow!! What perfect lighting to get that texture in the grass. I can see you work hard at getting to the right spot at the right time. You get lucky sometimes, but you work hard to make your luck and take advantage of it with your skill.

  • OMG Trey….I don’t know what to say….If someone tells me HDR sucks, I’ll kick him in his a$$ a few times and show him this photo afterwards…More 2011 Iceland shots, please!!

  • Patrick Ahles

    Simply beautiful!

  • Concur with all of the above, very beautiful shot Trey. Great to see your new Iceland adventure is paying off already. I really love the composition of this photo as well, especially the rocks on the left occupying that ’empty’ space.

  • Simon Morris

    I’ll be honest with you Trey – I saw the headline and thought of something completely different (until I’d scrolled down that is)… I expected to see a photo of you… still in bed, with an empty bottle at your bedside of that strong alcoholic beverage they have over there… and looking very sorry for yourself! But, NO – professional through and through… you’ve a job to do of course!
    Seriously though, stunning photo – I like the way in which the house almost blends into the surrounding area… love the sunstars too, just fantastic!
    “We want more, we want more, we want more”… 🙂

  • Dude, that is awesome. Nice shot! You are quickly making me want to go to Iceland.

  • David Kay

    Lovely photo and great story…my question is this … why were you up at 3am in the morning??? Keep up the geat work!

  • love the sun rays. Beautiful!

  • Amazing photo, the grass and the sun look so realistic, like actually being there. Crazy to think that it’s 3am in that shot, when I read the description I was expecting a low light photo before the sun was up, forgot about how early it gets light in the summer that far north.

  • Wow, well worth the hike. This is a pretty scene. I’ve been enjoying my trek through Iceland with you.

  • I can’t get over how surreal Iceland is… Glad your enjoying yourself mate 🙂

  • Beautiful, Dude. The rocks on the left foreground really make the composition wonderful.

  • Vicki Wilson

    What a beatiful scene, love the sunbeams and the way the light shines across the grass, awesome shot! Your dinner sounds very yummy, glad you are having a great time on your trip!

  • Trey, I can see why you would want to get this up quickly, it is an absolutely beautiful scene. Keep ’em coming!

  • Awesome shot! What a cool view.

  • Gail in Montana

    Lovely photo, Trey!! This one fits just right on my desktop 🙂 Thanks for sharing, have fun in Iceland and be careful out there driving around all those fjords!! Have a great day 😉

  • Great one! I can not wait to get there again this summer. The backpacks are eagerly waiting at the door step. Love your Iceland picutres! Don’t you just love midsummer time?

  • oh, be glad you took that way around to get to Isafjordur. 2 years ago we spent days on the other side around the Westfjords. Pretty, worthy, but miles and miles of gravel road up and down cliffs and around all those fjords. This year we are flying up there and back. I will look up where that restaurant is. I WANT that fish!

  • Awesome work! –Now you are talking Trey, now you are talking

  • Peggy

    Gasp!!!! They say a picture is worth a thousand words! This one says it all!!

  • Wow, Trey. Very nice photo today. It has such a peaceful feel.

  • Wonderful capture Trey, blue and green always work so harmoniously; can’t go wrong with great colors! 😀

  • Melissa

    I just love your pictures of Iceland, I finally was able to visit there last week. I adored it and wish I had more time to explore! Your pictures are beautiful!!

  • Thank you everyone – very much!

    I’m about to go back to that fish place in 5 minutes… I can’t wait hehe

  • steve


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  • Oh, I want to live there! A magical house, a scene from Middle Earth. A gorgeous shot!

  • Carl cosby

    Nice one Trey, enjoy your fish 

  • Love the lighting and mood of this image.
    Built in 1894? Lots of history there. 🙂

  • cindy williams

    Super image.

  • Barb

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Jeff

    Great picture, nicely done!

  • I love the way you’ve captured this Trey. Looks like a place lost in time and the sun flaring over the horizon just lifts those clouds to another level

  • Your photos make me want to see Iceland for myself … one day, I hope.

  • Tom


    Love the shot. On a seprate issue, planning a business trip to China but will have a few days to explore. Any problem using or travelling with a Tripod in China????
    I know you have been there before.


  • Great timing on the sun!

  • What a lovely scenery. This has to be my favorite photo from your recent posts. But I really have to wonder, how it would be, to live there :). Probably very quiet 🙂

  • Really sweet image. Love it!

  • gorgeous photo and scene. I took a look at your map, that is an amazing route!

  • Roy

    Your image is on this other photographers Blog ~ just thought you ought to know…

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