A to Z of Balconies – Iceland

You don’t see many balconies in Iceland, neither the weather or the landscape is conducive. This one looks rather precarious, a good job that alcohol is prohibitively expensive.

Approximately three-quarters of Iceland is completely barren of vegetation and plant life consists mainly of grassland. The only tree native to the island is the northern birch but most of these are only a memory now because humans of course have damaged the delicate ecosystem as these birch forests were heavily exploited over the centuries for firewood and timber. Deforestation resulted in a loss of critical top soil due to erosion, greatly reducing the ability of forests to re-establish themselves. Today there are very few trees in only a few isolated areas of the island and none where we were driving.

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18 responses to “A to Z of Balconies – Iceland

  1. Another country I’ve yet to visit. But I shan’t accept an invitation to that balcony when I get there, Now then …. J

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  2. That is quite the balcony. What could possibly go wrong?

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  3. somewhere i’d love to visit, so very different in so many ways

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  4. It does look beautiful! Mick would have to hold my hand in case I made an ungraceful descent 🙂 🙂

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  5. Nothing like living dangerously – if you give up alcohol that is.

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  6. I would say neither planning permission or health and safety were involved there! Looks very ad hoc, and even as if it is made out of old pallets. Wouldn’t catch me on it either.

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  7. Precarious indeed! But the thrill of sitting there might make up for the lack of a thrilling vista with no trees on the horizon.


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