Iceland is commonly known for its extreme weather, beautiful waterfalls, glacier lagoons, and moss covered lava rocks. What's commonly overlooked is Iceland's amazing range of architecture. Iceland has had a huge boost in tourism lately by wanderlust people looking to experience the desolate, seemingly uninhabitable landscapes. As I traveled around Iceland, I found myself drawn to the buildings as much as these harsh landscapes, often questioning how people could possibly live in these conditions.
A clash between the new and the old, turf houses and eco-friendly homes co-exist together with a common theme of battling the ever-changing weather conditions, while keeping its inhabitants warm and dry. With an abundance of natural resources homes new and old work with what nature provides. Nearly all of Iceland is powered by its renewable resources, geothermal and hydropower. According to Askja Energy 20% of Iceland's consumption of energy comes from hydropower and 65% comes from geothermal sources.
The juxtaposition of the modern eco-friendly homes sitting in these natural, often baron landscapes is one of the many unique things Iceland offers. This seemingly simple way of life with a modern Scandinavian flare draws people in with a feeling of inspiration and awe. Here are some photographs I took while traveling around Iceland.