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  • Day9

    Blaubeeren statt Blauwal

    August 22 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Eigentlich wollten wir schon länger mal Wale beobachten. In Neuseeland (Kaikoura) fanden wir es aber so schlimm touristisch ausgeschlachtet, dass wir nicht mal dort angehalten haben. Auch auf den Azoren hat es leider nicht geklappt und nun standen wir hier wieder vor mehreren Whalewatching-Angeboten und können es einfach nicht machen. Alle paar Minuten fährt ein Schnellboot raus und nervt die Wale. In Neuseeland flogen noch dazu Helis hinterher. Wir haben versucht, Wale mit dem Fernglas vom Land aus zu sichten, leider bisher ohne Erfolg (in Galizien hat es mit Delphinen zumindest geklappt). Lange Rede kurzer Sinn... Wir haben Blaubeeren entdeckt 😁.Read more

    an FREIZEITMANAGER

    hoffentlich ist der zahm 😅

     
  • Jul25

    Breidavik

    July 25 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 48 °F

    We got to experience the dirt/gravel roads of the Westfjords today. Our poor van is somewhat clean on one side, but caked with mud and dirt on the other. We had spotted a dirty van our first day and couldn’t imagine how it had gotten so dirty, but now we know. 😂

    We drove to Hellalaug - a natural hot spring at the edge of the sea near the Flokalundur Hotel. While visiting with a mom and daughter from Idyllwild, CA and a man from Munich, it was decided we should maybe dunk ourselves in the sea then hop back into the warm water. The brave man from Munich went first and that spurred on the rest of us. It was only about 48 degrees outside, and the water was SO cold but we did it! The hot spring felt heavenly afterwards. 🙂

    After the best deep fried cod and burger at Hotel Flokalundur, we continued on to the Látrabjarg Cliffs. Latrabjarg is the westernmost point of Europe and home to millions of birds, including puffins. The road to get there was not for the faint of heart, and the bird cliffs are scary high. We braved torrential rain and crazy wind, but seeing the puffins made it all worth it. 🙂💕

    We are now camped at Breiðavík Beach Hotel and Campground. The sun was out for a bit so I took a few pictures of the church here, but now we are tucked into our camper van listening to it blow and rain. Tomorrow, we head to Isafjörður on some more dirt/gravel roads and a stop at Dynjandi.
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  • Jul31

    Höfn

    July 31 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    Today was a driving day around the Eastfjords.

    Memories from this Day:

    1. The waterfall on our way up out of Seydisfjordur
    2. The harbor in Djupivogur
    3. The rest stop along a black sand beach with the nesting birds and the sounds of the waves 🙂
    4. The random red chair attached to a rock on the side of the road
    5. Trying to get a view of Vestrahorn mountain
    6. First sighting of the glaciers of South Iceland from the edge of the water in Höfn
    7. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for dinner 🍽 😋😋
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  • Aug5

    Thórsmörk and Reykjavik

    August 5 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 57 °F

    We ran to Reykjavik to get our COVID tests done Wednesday morning. I had scheduled rapid antigen tests for us at 9:00 am. Fortunately, our line and wait time was very short. The PCR test line snaked out of the building and all around the health center property. 😳

    While we waited for our results, we walked around downtown Reykjavik, stopping for what we thought would be great pizza 🍕, but let’s just say we ended up eating some outstanding Pad Thai instead. 🙂 With our negative COVID test certificates emailed to us, we drove to the Hamragardar camping spot to spend our final two nights. We have a view of Seljalandsfoss waterfall ( and two others) from our van. 🙂

    Today, we went on a super jeep tour into Thórsmörk ( Thor’s Valley). Our first Mercedes super jeep overheated and broke down and our poor driver was sprayed and burned a bit by the water from the radiator. He rallied, though. After the tour company replaced the Mercedes with a couple of super jeep Fords, he gave us an amazing trip of hikes into caves, hikes across rivers and streams, and a culminating hike into a “Land Before Time” type of valley to an amazing waterfall.

    We will fly home tomorrow with memories of this breathtaking country stored away for a lifetime. ❤️
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  • Day18

    Der unüberwindbare Fluss

    August 31 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Bisher konnte nichts und niemand unser Auto aufhalten... Doch dieser Fluss hatte es in sich. Die Beschreibung der Straße hat uns schon ahnen lassen, dass wir vielleicht nicht weiter kommen. Aber versuchen wollten wir es dennoch. Nach einigen Kilometern und kleineren "Pfützen" standen wir dann vor dem Fluss. So breit, dass man schlecht das andere Ufer einschätzen konnte. Wir versuchten es erst sehr weit flussaufwärts, kämpften uns über sehr grobes Gestein durch die erste Teilader des Flusses auf eine Insel. Von dort aus ging es aber nicht weiter, weil das Ufer zu steil abfiel und es zu tiefe Stellen im Fluss gab. Also bin ich erstmal zu Fuß den Fluss abgelaufen, um eine breite, flache Stelle zu finden. Es kamen noch zwei Schweizer Fahrzeuge dazu und wir beschlossen, es nicht zu wagen. Das war's nicht Wert, ein vollgelaufenes Auto zu riskieren. Vor allem hätten wir auf dem Rückweg wieder einen Weg durch den Fluss finden müssen.
    Wir parkten unser Auto also am Fluss und machten eine kleine Wanderung. Uns begegnete kein Mensch, nur Schafe und sogar ein paar Schneehühner. Schneehühner sind im Winter komplett weiß und im Sommer kaum vom Gestein zu unterscheiden.
    Als Belohnung gab es dann die berühmte Pfannen-Pizza, die ich in Neuseeland schon immer gemacht hab.
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    Mama Moni

    cool 😎

    Berthold Brutscher

    Pizza goazt

    Berthold Brutscher

    Pizza goazt allat

     
  • Day26

    Letzte Überraschung am Abreisetag

    September 8 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Und als würde Island uns noch einmal imponieren wollen, tauchen am Abreisetag noch Delfine neben unserem Auto auf. Vielleicht waren es auch kleine Grindwale, so genau wissen wir es nicht.
    Im Fjord, von wo die Fähre abfährt sind wir ein Stückchen vor gefahren, um etwas zu essen. Natalie sah dann ein paar Wellen im sonst so stillen Wasser...
    Einfach schön dieses Land!
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    Mama Moni

    Unglaublich schöne Bilder! Danke, dass wir dabei sein durften ❤

    Edda Fleisch

    Am letzten Tag hattet ihr schönes Wetter und habt grandiose Fotos gemacht, danke dafür!!

    Edda Fleisch

    Gute Heimfahrt, ihr Lieben!

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  • Day4

    Vikingsdorf 🛡

    July 20 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Und eine neue Folge von Franzi meets friends … die Pferde waren da wild und sind querfeldein gerannt , Franzi hatte auch kurz schiss😅….
    zum Vergleich das Dorf von weitem mit einem 10 min Abstand 😱🇮🇸

    Petra Klepp

    Ooohoho🤗🤗🤗😍

    7/20/21Reply
    Petra Klepp

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    Oleg Kalaschnik

    Top! Habt ihr schon die Eisbären gesehen?)))

    7/20/21Reply
    ronny braun

    Die schlafen noch

    7/20/21Reply
    Oleg Kalaschnik

    dann weck sie einfach auf)))))))))))

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  • Jul24

    Búðardalur

    July 24 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 52 °F

    It was so good to get some sleep last night (even though a big group of local campers partied until 4 am😳😳). We slept hard from 7:30 - 12:30, then again from 4 am until 8:00.

    Our first stop today was Djúpalónssandur, a black pebble beach with lava formations and the rusted remains of a crashed fishing ship. At Djúpalónssandur beach there are 4 differently sized stones. They are well-known Aflraunasteinar - Steinatök or lifting-stones. They were used to measure the strength of fishermen in Iceland. The name given to each stone is the rank you earn when you lift it to at least waist height:

    Amlóði (weakling) - 23kg
    Hálfdrættingur (half-carrier) - 54kg
    Hálfsterkur (half strong) - 100kg
    Fullsterkur (full strong) - 154kg

    It was foggy this morning which made the mossy lava on the path to the beach look awesome!

    We then drove to Kirkjufell Mountain. During the whole drive there, we saw literally 100’s of water falls streaming from the green hills and mountains but Kirkjufell with it’s falls topped them all and definitely lived up to my expectations. I took WAY too many pictures and video shots 😂😂

    Afterwards, we drove through Grundarfjörður, a gorgeous stretch of road…there were Icelandic horses on the hillsides amongst the waterfalls and streams and sheep everywhere! Alan had to stop a few times to not hit them.

    We drove to the end of a small peninsula to Stykkishólmur - It’s an adorable fishing village where I guess they filmed part of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”.

    We walked to the harbor and hiked to the top of the cliff for a great view of the town and to see the cute orange lighthouse.

    Our last stretch of road today was our first experience on an Iceland gravel road. It was at times a tad bit bumpier than Alan would have liked 😂. It took us to Búðardalur where we are now camped for the night. Tomorrow we head into the Westfjords.
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    Susan Jones

    Barb, you can NEVER take too many pictures and videos to share with everyone. It's the only way most of us will ever see all the places you guys adventure to.

    7/24/21Reply
    Kevin Acuff

    What a fascinating landscape. I don't want to see what my measure of strength is if I have to lift those stones. :)

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  • Day20

    Polarlichter

    September 2 in Iceland ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Island zeigt sich von seiner besten Seite. Es vergeht kein Tag ohne Überraschung und wir können kaum glauben, dass wir so reich beschenkt werden. Heute Nacht gab es Polarlichter. Mit dem menschlichen Auge zwar nicht so intensiv wahrnehmbar, aber dennoch sichtbar.
    Am Tag sind wir ohne Ziel einfach etwas die Küste entlang gefahren, haben einen Spaziergang am schwarzen Strand gemacht und wurden von Seehunden, Gänsen und Austernfischern begleitet.
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    Mama Moni

    sooo unglaublich schön 😍💓

    Edda Fleisch

    Diese intensive Farbe ist wirklich unglaublich. Toll, dass ihr das so aufnehmen konntet und wir es mitgeniessen dürfen.

    Edda Fleisch

    Bergkristalle zu finden, ist auch Glücksache, gratuliere!!

     
  • Jul27

    Hvammstangi

    July 27 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 46 °F

    We had a five hour drive from Isafjordur all along the fjords to Hvammstangi today. We were blessed with sunshine as we weaved our way along the water and had magnificent views of the mountains nearby and far off in the distance. I attempted to use the drone since the wind was calm but we were attacked by midges. We’ve decided the wind is a good thing if it keeps those pesky bugs away. 🙂 Maybe drone footage won’t happen this trip, we’ll see.

    We stopped at a small turf roofed house called the Litlibær Café and had yummy grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. Adorning the wooden walls inside are pictures of families past who used to live in the turf house. Some of the people represented on the photos are the ancestors of the family who currently own the house.

    Today was all about the drive…admiring the cascading waterfalls through gorges, dodging the sheep along the roads and stopping to get close ups of some Icelandic horses.

    We are camped in Hvammstangi, which is the seal capital of iceland (maybe tomorrow we will see some). Near our campsite is the Kirkjuhvammur church. Kirkjuhvammur was an assembly place in 1406 and a place of farming. Farming stopped here in the 1940’s, but the 1882 church is still standing.
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