Home sweet homeApril 1, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 15 °C
32 hours on the go. 17925 kilometres flown. Travelling is exciting and fun and full of new life experiences- but it’s always good to be home.
As the lava fields of Iceland disappeared behind the clouds we began the long journey home, leaving behind Iceland and its 130 volcanoes. With a couple of hours layover in Oslo, we feel sad that our holiday has almost come to an end, yet richer and grateful for the privilege of undertaking such a trip. The world is truly an amazing place.Read more
A trip to Iceland just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the iconic Blue Lagoon. It really is that blue! The algae and minerals in the water add the colour. It was a very strange feeling to be in the warm waters with snow falling on our faces. It’s a big complex with loads of people- we almost prefer the smaller baths we visited during the week in Iceland. To finish off the day a heavy snow shower greeted as we left the baths. While everybody else was rushing to get out of the snow we didn’t object to standing in it and absorbing the softness and quietness of the snowfall. Tomorrow we are heading home in the early hours.Read more
Iceland has impressed! All I had to say this morning was ‘WOW’. I’m not an easy flyer, but our flight back to Reykjavík this morning was simply spectacular. This little country has the most extreme landscapes I have ever seen. A young landscape in comparison to other areas of the world Iceland was born (and continues to grow and change) from the volcanoes and the shifting of the tectonic plates. It is not an easy country for humans to live in, but the Vikings did, and managed to survive and prosper. Here is a taster of our flight.Read more
Today’s travels took us on a day trip to the Lake Mývatn area. The area is full of volcanic action including geothermal pools and large lava fields. We were lucky with the weather with Mother Nature giving us a stunning day to showcase the lunar type landscape. We stopped by the Goðafoss waterfall (waterfall of the gods) so named when a cheiftain famously threw his old wooden Norse gods into the waterfall denouncing his faith and adopting on Christianity. We also viewed pseudocraters, mud pools and a lava field that is said to be inhabited by trolls and elves as well as being home to the Yulelads of Iceland. We finished off our day in the Mývatn Nature Baths, indulging in the natural hot springs. All in all a wonderful day.Read more
A short 35 minute flight (and a little bumpy) from Reykjavík and we found ourselves in the charming northern city of Akureyri. A town really of about 18,000 people, it services the northern region. It’s only about 250km from Reykjavík but takes 4 1/2 hours to drive by car. There are quite a few hotels and backpackers hostels in the town and loads of tours on offer. Once again it’s nice to be out of the big city.
In the evening Sonia posted herself on Northern Lights watch and was rewarded for her patience.Read more
Over the last couple of days we headed out of the city on two different day tours. We headed east with our guide Mat and visited Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and walked inside giant cracks in the earth then on to a local greenhouse, Friðheimar for lunch and learnt about how Iceland is using greenhouses and geothermal energy to grow produce. The magnificent Gullfoss waterfall was next on the agenda and the great Geysir geothermal area, where the reliable Strokkur geyser spouts hot water up to 30 m. With more food in mind, it was on to the small dairy farm Efstidalur where we tried skyr and some of their ice cream. Our last stop before dinner was the geothermal spa Fontana. I took up the challenge of taking a dip in the freezing lake (yes, the temperature of the water was 0 C)in between the hot pools. It really was an experience with everything going numb within a matter of seconds. After dinner we tried unsuccessfully to spot the Northern Lights on way back to the city. Our trip yesterday took us south to view the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, then the Skógafoss waterfal before heading to the Sólheimajökull glacier, walking up onto the ice field. The challenging weather made for an interesting walk with conditions changing every 5 minutes. It really does make you appreciate the mild weather we have most of the year at home.Read more
Snow, hail, wind, rain and patches of sun pretty much describes our stay in Reykjavík this week. This has made sightseeing challenging. Starting with the city on our first day with the wind and the rain we wandered through the streets with so many tourist shops. We visited the church - Hallgrimskirkja, sitting on top of the hill, then walked down to the Parliament House and City Hall, through the main square to the harbour and then back through the tourist area. By that time weird tired from the constant dampness and were happy enough to head back to our hotel.Read more
With Finnish forests still fresh in our memories, a 3 1/2 hour flight across the Baltic and Norwegian Seas has found us in Reykjavík, Iceland. A quick evening stroll has revealed what looks to be a quirky city. Something like an outback arctic station that grew into something bigger but has still managed to retain some of its small town nature. It’s early days for us and tomorrow will revel more.Read more