The Seeress With the Birds

Music can be a wonderful source of inspiration.

The first time I heard “Seersken” by Valravn, I got an idea for a scene with a scene with a seer, which evolved into an idea for a whole novel. I’ve given up the novel (at least for now), but every time I hear the song, I still see the seer in my mind’s eye just as I imagined her that first time. Even if I never write that novel, I promise myself I will write something, which includes her one day.

The lyrics first in Danish then a translation in English:

Det er seersken med fuglene
Der griner når vi ter os
Det er seersken med fuglene
Der hvisker slip lænkerne løs

Se ham i øjnene
Grøn, brun og blå
Se ham i øjnene
Se iris, se dig, se mig,
se selv

Det er seersken med fuglene
Der skærer illusionerne
Det er seersken med fuglene
Der går rundt i sneen og skriver gåder

Attarinarina attarina attarina…

Se ham i øjnene
Grøn, brun og blå
Se ham i øjnene
Se stående, værende,
gennem det der sker

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It is the seeress with the birds
Who laughs when we misbehave
It is the seer with the birds
Who whispers let go of the chains

Look him in the eyes
Green, brown and blue
Look him in the eyes
See iris, see you, see me,
See for yourself

It is the seeress with the birds
Who cuts the illusions
It is the seer with the birds
Who walks around the the snow, writing riddles

Attarinarina attarina attarina…

Look him in the eyes
Green, brown and blue
Look him in the eyes
See standing, being,
Through what is happening

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The Land of a Thousand Amazing Holes in the Ground

If I had to choose a soundtrack for Iceland, it would be Valravn‘s “Koder på snor”

It is difficult to recreate the feeling with just pictures and music, but I’ll try anyway.

I went for a hike the first four days and every day I saw at least three different types of landscapes.

To get up to the first hut, I took a bus and on the way we drove through what was almost a desert.

Very sandy and very little vegetation

Then when I arrived at the hut, there was a hot spring and a rather swamp-like grassy area right up to the hut on one side

 

 

and what can only be described as troll-country on the other.

Looking down on the hut from troll-country. Some of the grassy-swamp can be seen to the left of the hut.

The next day I saw the first real Icelandic holes in the ground.

 

Small chimneys all over

The fourth day after hiking through emerald sand (yes, green sand) and over orange rocks, I reached the last hut and met these two:

Arctic fox cubs. They’re just that cute 🙂

They spent most of the time fighting and just ignored everything else.

Fighting and biting

Then I went on to more traditional sightseeing.

Gullfoss

A hole in the ground with bubbling water. Also known as Geysir.

A hole in the ground with bubbling mud

A hole in the ground with rocks. There’s also water down the bottom.

A steaming hole in the ground (very noisy).

Most of the holes in the ground were rather smelly because of the sulphur, but they were all amazing 🙂

I saw plenty of other things for example seals and whales, but if you want to see them, you have to take a trip to Iceland yourself, because I don’t have any pictures of them.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and I hope to go back there in the not too distant future.

Did you go anywhere this summer?

 

 

 

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