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Iceland

Iceland

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  • Day41

    Pabbi minn safnar landakortum og á tvo fulla kassa af kortum og bæklingum sem gramsað er í þegar fara á í ferðalög. Sum eru orðin ansi gömul og úrelt. Þetta Þýskslandskort er t.d. orðið bæði aldrað og þreytt og fékk loksins hvíldina í gær.

  • Day15

    Back in Reykjavik after three extraordinary days in North Iceland. Our lost baggage caused a lot of stress and uncertainty. Wearing the same clothes for three days drying underwear with a hair dryer was the pits, no wet packs or pjs. That said each day we did our best not to let it colour our view. It was like Xmas opening our bags having a shower and putting on clean clothes. Our guide Oskar that Alex recommended was amazing. He drove the car both days and took us to the most incredible places such as beautiful green rolling hills going all the way down to fjords, then through huge valleys surrounded by ice capped mountains . On the second day we saw the most powerful waterfall in Europe then up to the highlands where there were there were huge rocks and lava where volcanoes had erupted. Then we moved on to barren orange geothermal wastelands with steam spewing out and big pools of silvery grey silica bubbling and boiling. We even went down into a cave where there was dark blue water 100 degrees Celsius. Because we had a car not a bus he could take us to all sorts of places we wouldn't have seen . He was so understanding of our bag drama helping to ring the airport constantly . I was quite miffed as I had bought a new camera and my batteries died early the first day as the charger was in the bag but took photos on phone and iPad. We have a nice roomy apartment in Reykjavik for four nights which is very convenient and we can do our own breakfast. Restaurants are incredibly expensive . Tonight we had a main course and one wine each $150 !!! Starting to feel more comfortable driving on the right. Tomorrow we have tickets to bathe in the Blue Lagoon. If you don't know what it's like google it. I can't wait. Our knees and feet will enjoy the therapeutic powers.

    Love to all

    B& B
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  • Day8

    Our day begins with a visit to a bakery in Husavik. All retail appears to be closed here as it is Sunday. No worries. We chat with a local and get some possible intel on spotting whales from the safety of land. We stroll through this picturesque port but no luck seeing any of the big kids. Oh well, we have other places to be but not before we get more FREE stuff in Iceland. We got FREE air for the tires and FREE water with a brush to wash the car. The car wouldn't have needed a wash had I not decided to put my window down to toss some leftover coffee out. YEP?....forgot to check the wind direction.....similar result as peeing into the wind!! Even managed to mess the interior up with that move. Aren't you glad that you're not travelling with ME??!!!

    Before we leave town, I gas the car up and Cath grabs a Coke Zero, the ones with different locales on the label. She was eyeing up the "Miami" bottle but settled for "Phuket." As we were now 7 days into our adventure, she had had enough.....and either said "Phuket" or "F**k It". The jury is still out on the exact wording. Cut us some slack tho as we are having a difficult enough time with Icelandic.

    Our journey today was to pay up the promise of doubling back to Grjotagja to see a cave used for filming in Game of Thrones. It was small but awesome....have attached a pic. Following the cave, we made our way to the Myvatn Nature Baths. OMG......wayyyy better than the Blue Lagoon in man ways. Spent a glorious hour or so soaking in 40C water. Can you say "ahhhhhhhhh"?

    We are heading for Akureyri now....second largest city in Iceland and a university town to boot. But wait....is that another "Foss" ahead?? Why yes it is....we must pull over. It is Godafoss....yet another waterfall with quite a unique tale behind it (Google it and save me telling you). Godafoss is truly awesome and holy moly,what a great spot to be a white water rafter....professionals only....this is NOT for the amateurs.

    OK, onward we go. The drive to Akureyri is bedazzling but sends us up a mountain pass. Which means we have to come down a mountain pass. This is not good on my psyche. I sit on the brake the entire trip down. At different points we exit a curve and enter Shangri La.....spellbinding views of mountains and lakes. Cath doesn't have the camera on her lap so ,sorry, no pics to prove how stunning it was. AND no pics to show how scared I was !!

    Akureyri is beautiful. Haven't been to Switzerland but I am guessing there is a similarity here. 18000 population. Located in a valley with a lake and surrounded by snow capped mountains. It could easily be a Christmas ball....shake and watch.

    We scored a spot in the middle of town and finally have our own bathroom....not an easy thing to come by unless you spend big bucks. Luckily we still had some big bucks as we needed them to cover dinner. Two orders of fish n chips with one beer...over $50 Cdn. We were stuffed which was a good thing as the ice cream parlour was on our way back to the hotel......perhaps tomorrow !!

    Tomorrow, stroll around Akureyri for awhile and then head north to Dalvik and points along the coast of what I call "the thumb". We are guessing the scenery might blow us away. We are booked into a little spot called Hofsos. As long as I don't have to go UP a mountain, we should be good to go.

    FYI.....photo in Husavik acknowledging NASA training, photo of dock in Husavik, Cath at Godafoss, "GOT" cave, scenery along Ring Road(always a snow capped mountain nearby)
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  • Day1

    We have been up for over 36 hrs and the start of our adventure wouldn't be an adventure if we didn't get lost at least twice! First stop Crater Lake...on a sunny day this lake would be a beautiful blue, but not today. Even without the sun the lake is a beautiful green and crystal clear. This crater was formed approximately 6,500 years ago. Next stop Keldur Hall which has existed for almost 1,000 years. this estate has a number of sod homes and it is one of the few preserved turf houses in Iceland.. The turf houses don't open until June, so Paul and I along with a gentlemen from Washington, were the only ones there.

    We ended the day with three spectacular waterfalls ...absolutely breath taking....check out the rainbow!
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  • Day17

    The most important sentence is "allt i lagi", translates to ok, awesome or are you okay if you add a "?". More over we tried lopster soup and some nice fish sticks from the grill complimentary to my nice colleagues from oose! For the German followers: berliner Ehepaar bei uns am Tisch: "hmm, lobstersoup, ich dachte die hätten hier Hummersuppe, aber dann probieren wir eben die aus"

  • Day18

    Bodo will take us to nice places in Island during the next days. Today he showed us the peninsula Reykjanes with hot springs, the place, where the tectonic plates between Eurasia and Nord-America split and fantastic views in a nature that looks like travelling the moon

  • Day5

    For some of you, you will remember the Canadian ski team that had a wee bit of a kamikaze mindset. We are pleased to announce that we joined them today. Not only that, but we had visions of a Prince tune playing in the background.....you know the one...."Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate this thing called LIFE."

    Along with our B&B hosts in "save this four door", we kept a close watch on the weather and road reports. We agreed to hang in till noon and that both the weather and roads would be OK by then. We set off in slushy snow which is no biggie for us Canucks. However, as every Science student knows, the higher the elevation, the colder it gets. Guess who failed Science in HS???? ME !!!!

    Eventually we hit Dorothy/Wiz of Oz-like winds coupled with snow. Scotty was nowhere to be found to beem us up. We were too far from the B&B to turn around and not far enough yet to be in the clear. Keep on truckin'.

    SPOILER ALERT.........obviously we are alive cuz nobody else could possibly make this stuff up!!

    We rolled the dice and came up CRAPS. Total whiteout.....whoosh....into a snow bank.....at least we think it was a snow bank. Thankfully the guy two vehicles behind was a tow operator.

    "What are you doing on this road?" followed by " I usually charge $X to pull you out but I was already on the road so I will only charge you half of X". At that point, negotiating isn't really an option is it?

    He had us out in no time although it was so windy, he was barely able to just stand up. Turns out we were within 400 metres of reaching clear road. Once sprung, we bee lined to the bottom and waited for him so as to pay. We passed 3 other vehicles each up in the snow banks and the tow operator flagged down a car of Asians and told them to turn back. Within minutes of us paying, a road crew fellow came along and officially CLOSED the road.

    So we arrived back in Egg Salad Store......25 km from where we left....and called it a day. Found a guesthouse for the night and will live to drive another day.

    Feel free to live your life vicariously through our trials and errors folks. Who better equipped than ME to screw up? I can take the heat.....and I know you are laughing out loud at me now too!!! Don't apologize for the laughing.

    We contacted our B&B hosts to let them know what had happened. They felt terrible but we still shared some laughs. I am now debating what rating on Airbnb to give them!!! Just kidding.

    Things happen for a reason. No doubt we will answer that one later. Been quite a day.....just too short.

    BTW.....Vinbuden is their version of the LCBO.....3 guesses now as to why Cath is headed inside!!!!
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  • Day15

    What an interesting place. Harbour, city, a lot of German, American and Asien tourists (I even managed a very asian picture pose 😉) and a tattoo convention - all in one day.
    And key learning: hot water from the tap is only for showering - it really smells like rotten eggs! The cold water is fine

  • Day3

    In Iceland, they say, much like Scotland, that if you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes. Well, we are here to tell you that is an outright lie.

    Following breakfast, we received a phone call (thank goodness for roam like home) advising that our zodiac lagoon tour was being cancelled due to an impending storm. We were booked for 1:00 p.m and it was only 9:30 and already raining. With no options, we hit the road and headed east. To say we felt like Dorothy in Kansas is an understatement. Holy crap was it blowin'. We passed a guy on his bicycle but he was barely able to just stand at the roadside and hold it upright.

    We made it to Jokulsarlon to learn they had closed the portion of Hwy 1 that we had just driven. We were good to go east but anyone heading west was turned back. And that is how we met the father/son from Winnipeg and the couple from Berlin. We congregated at the Hoffsell Hot Pots outside of Hofn.....those 4 had been turned back due to the weather and road conditions.

    It was a crazy day....we wore every piece of rain gear we brought.....Columbia and UnderArmour should be commended for keeping us dry and warm.

    Tomorrow is another day. At the hot pots, the "Peggers" said we might encounter SNOW as we make our way up the east coast. We checked road conditions on-line and it looks ominous.

    Stay tuned.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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