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  • Day344


    September 21, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Da wir im Uhrzeigersinn um die Insel fahren, folgt nach dem Norden der Osten. Hier gibt's allerdings nicht alt so viel. So war unser Plan zu einer kleinen Insel zu fahren, wo man sehr gut Papageitaucher beobachten kann. Problem nur, auf dem weg dorthin über die Schotterpisten platzte uns ein Reifen. Zum Glück sind wir zwei wahre Männer und so haben wir kurzer Hand den Reifen gewechselt. Nun mussten wir allerdings zurück zur nächsten Stadt um noch rechtzeitig anzukommen und den platten Reifen umziehen zu lassen. So haben wir nicht viel gesehen an dem Tag. Am nächsten haben wir immerhin den zweithöchsten Wasserfall gesehen. Das war's dann auch schon vom Osten.
    Gekocht wurde auf der Weiterreise übrigens auf der Ersatzbank (siehe Bild) .... war halt recht windig und regnerisch!!
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  • Day5

    Crazy Canucks

    May 12, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

    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 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 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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  • Day7

    Travelling to Egilsstaðir

    October 31, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Today has been a travelling day really, with the odd stop (or three) for photos on the way. Maybe we're Penguins today!

    After breakfast we took the first photo of the view from where we've stayed the last three nights. We then started our journey to Egilsstaðir, which is just about the furthest you can get from Reykjavik unless you count all the places where the puffins hang out ... and who would want to photograph a load of puffins?

    The route along the coast was an ever changing vista of towering mountains and wide valleys. For photography though, the light remained flat, but we took a few photos on the way and spent some time just east of Hofn photographing Mt Vestrahorn trying to find the best composition ... someone can decide when we bore you with our photographs if we succeeded.

    We managed to grab a coffee and cake at Breiðdalsvík before being given the best (only) sunset so far. The final leg of the journey included a dirt road with hairpin bends and fantastic views. A wild landscape indeed, though tomorrow we travel through the Icelandic Highlands to the North where, perhaps, snow and the Aurora awaits.
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  • Day1

    Made it to Egilsstadir

    February 6, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ 🌙 -6 °C

    The flight from Reykjavik went well, taking 50 minutes to fly across the country. A bit bumpy at times and a cosy flight but we soon had a taxi whisk us away from the airport to the Birta Guesthouse which is warm as can be when it's -6c outside. Been out for a meal and planned how we start the day tomorrow.

    So, here we are and are ready for what Iceland brings us. Tomorrow we travel southwards along the coast road with some photography on the way.

    One thing we can say about our stroll out for a meal this evening ... the ice is so solid even marble would have a hard time competing against it!
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  • Day5

    Hoofin' from Hofn

    May 12, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

    Day 4 promised to be pretty much a driving day only. WOW, f'ing, WOW. This day answered the "why go to Iceland?" Question in spades. Stunning,winding roads in and out of fjords, a 6 km tunnel through the mountain and without a doubt, THE neatest "general store" in Breidalsvik(pop. 139). Part of travelling is the unplanned bonuses that happen out of the blue. The general store was one of those wonderful bonuses.

    We reached Egilsstadir (egg salad store in Canadian!!) and proceeded to head east to our B&B in Seydisfjordur (save this four door in Canadian). It is a mere 25 km between towns with one very large "but". We had to climb a mountain to get there.....not literally, but with the car. You know the sound that pig makes in the Geico ad?? That was me....only out of fear!! We made it....and exhaled. Stayed at a 107 year old house that had been lovingly restored by the owners. We felt like we were back in Port.....600 folks in a small fishing port that doubles as an entry/exit for the ferry to Europe. It was worth the effort as was dinner at the pub across from our B&B. Icelandic lamb for me....ribs for Cath and everything done on the grill or BBQ.

    Following dinner, our hosts asked if we wanted to join them and chat......and drink a few beers .....Cath didn't have to be asked twice !!We were the only guests that night and spent a few hours covering everything from the Trumpster (they laugh at him) to local info and jobs. Very enlightening. They are terrific hosts.

    Tomorrow is another day...time for some rest.

    Photo info.....harbour in Djupivogur, 32 eggs in Djupivogur--1 egg for each bird species in the region, near the entrance to a 6 km tunnel south of Reydarfjordur
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  • Day2

    Car and Breakfast

    February 7, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Made it to the airport this morning to collect our car to find we had no extras to pay and may even have been overcharged for our car hire. That's good then!

    Now we're having the breakfast at our guesthouse which we thought wasn't included. A good start to the day then. After breakfast we'll pack the car and begin our journey.

    Only one hiccup ... our hire car is a Duster 4x4. How can Rob live with the embarrassment of driving around in a cleaning cloth for two weeks!
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  • Day8

    Egilsstaðir - Hotel Eyvindra

    October 1, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Das Ende unserer Rundreise ist erreicht, ab hier geht es leider nicht weiter. Tja, die Ringstraße welche einmal um die Insel führt ist wohl doch nicht ganzjährig befahrbar😢

    Bei unserer Ankunft im Hotel Eyvindra erzählte uns die Dame an der Rezeption, dass bei ihr ca. 3/4 der Reservierungen wegen der Sperrung der Ringstrasse zwischen Jökulsárlón und Höfn storniert wurden. Höfn wäre normalerweise unsere nächste Station! Doch wir müssen leider umdrehen! Hoffen wir mal, das unsere Unterkunft bei Höfn es uns gestattet wegen höherer Naturgewalt unsere Übernachtung kostenfrei zu stornieren!

    Bei unserer aktuellen Unterkunft bekamen wir wohl bedingt durch die vielen Stornierungen ein kleines Upgrade und hatten unser eigenes Cottage mit kleiner Küche, wo wir uns abends noch etwas zu essen zauberten.

    Nach einem ausgiebigen und leckeren Frühstück starten wir nun die Rückfahrt nach Reykjavik! Einen ganzen Tag im Auto, ca. 8 Stunden Fahrt liegen vor uns. Mal sehen wann wir heute Abend ankommen!
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  • Day20

    Tussenstop Egilstadir

    August 3, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Lakenpakket en de pincode van ons huisje hebben we net opgehaald. De pincode is voor een kluisje aan huis waar de sleutel in ligt. Een cijferslot had ook volstaan...
    Linda is met Alec nu boodschappen aan het doen bij de Bonus. Dit is een soort van Lidl voor IJslandse begrippen maar nog steeds AH prijzen vergeleken met bij ons. Onderweg ernaar kwamen we langs een Jeep sloop-plaats, IJslandse stijl.
    Hierna gaan we de 165 km naar Myvatn doen met wat tussenstops.
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  • Day33

    Bewoonde wereld

    August 16, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Na kilometers natte gravel wordt het weer verhard en vrij snel verschijnen de eerste huizen hier en daar. Maar achter de heuvel rij je ineens het stadje Egilsstadir in.
    Hier brengen we ons laken pakket terug wat we 2 weken terug hadden opgehaald en gaan naar ons huisje omdat het nog steeds regent...

  • Day5

    To the east!

    May 16, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Al zwetend opgestaan met volle zon naast een gletsjer. Snel een gore ontbijt pap gemaakt die aankwam als een baksteen. Gelukkig hadden we wat tijd om te verteren.

    Daarna naar de gletsjertourdinges om onze ice axe en cramp-ons te ontvangen. Het fijne amerikaanse koppel deed last minute ook mee. We stapten allemaal in een amerikaanse gele schoolbus om naar de gletsjer getransporteerd te worden. Op weg naar het ijs, hoorden we twee keer zwaar gekraak en zagen telkens een ijsklomp afbreken en vallen. Op de gletser lekker gewandeld, gedronken van het smeltwater en foto's getrokken. Tijdens de wandeling kregen we veel uitleg en hebben we hele fluffy groene gletsjermuizen gespot!

    Na de gletsjerwandeling zijn we richting het oosten vertrokken. Onderweg 2 prachtige gletsjermeren bezichtigd: Fjallsarlon en Jokulsarlon. Op deze meren drijven vele ijsschotsen waarvan sommige een helder blauwe kleur hebben. Zo'n meer blijkt een goed biotoop voor zeehonden en vele vogelsoorten waaronder de noorse sternen. Perfect fotomateriaal dus. Het slechte weer kon dit plaatje niet verpesten.

    Hierop volgde een lange en winderige autorit naar het oosten en de zon. Deze weg liep langs verschillende zonovergoten fjorden en hoge besneeuwde bergpassen. Onbeschrijfelijk landschap. Tijdens de rit verschillende rendieren gezien. Zalig lomp uitziende beesten!

    In het oosten sliepen we in Egilsstađir, in een heel schattige en propere guesthouse. We hebben ook nog snel wat eten meegepikt in het dorp.
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Egilsstaðir, Egilsstadir, EGS, 700, Эгильсстадир

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