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Keflavik

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    • Day 10

      Day 10 - Saving the Best for Last

      May 20, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Over breakfast I discovered that my brother, Jonathan’s works boat had docked in Reykjavik the previous day. After breakfast, we packed up & drove out to Skarfabakki Dock, where we found Cable Ship, CS Durable. It is 140 metres long and can carry enough cable to lay between Iceland and Ireland in one go, about 1700 kilometres.

      We then headed out of Reykjavik & picked up Route 1 & drove anti-clockwise back to Hveragerði to visit something I had missed first time round. We parked up at the town’s botanical gardens & walked down to the river to find waterfall, Reykjafoss. It wasn’t particularly big compared to some we have seen on this trip, but it was well formed & we get up close to it without getting wet.

      From Hveragerði we drove south down the 38 to Þorlákshöfn, a small town made of mainly portacabins. We looked round, but couldn’t find anything going for it, so we drove away without taking a single photo.

      We drove west along the 427 which was through an enormous lava field with the sea on our left & vast cliffs on our right. The next stop was Strandarkirkja church in Selvogur (Seal Cove), originally built in the 12th Century. We got out & found the little wooden church was open, so Jackie left a message in the visitors book. We also walked up onto the sea wall to unsurprisingly see seals lying on the rocks in the cove.

      We continued to Grindavík, that again didn’t have much going for it, apart from being a local base to visit the Blue Lagoon. Due to it’s proximity to the Blue Lagoon, Jackie insisted on going for a recce, because we had booked to visit it at 6pm. We were able to sus it all out & we took the opportunity to walk around the walkways on the outside.

      With Jackie now happy, we picked up the 425 to drive around the far south-west corner of Iceland. We stopped at a circular rock pool & blow hole. We got soaked, not by the sea but by the rain.

      I also got out to visit the Bridge between Continents, which is a 15 meter (50 ft) footbridge spanning a rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Jackie sat in the car whilst I got soaked again!

      Next stop was Keflavik International Airport, where Jackie jumped out to reclaim her tax on her new rucksack purchase. I couldn’t stop & didn’t want to pay car parking fees, so I drove around the block & 15 minutes later returned to departures just as Jackie was walking out after a successful mission. About £15 would be credited to her bank card.

      We then drove to Keflavik town for a look round & then checked into the Jazz Hotel. We had an hour to empty the car & repack our rucksacks, before driving back to the Blue Lagoon for our 6pm slot.

      The photos probably paint a better picture of the Blue Lagoon than I can with words. The blue cloudy 9 million litres of geothermal seawater was a warm to hot 38 degrees having travelled up from a depth of 1981 metres. The lagoon totally renews it’s water every 40 hours.

      The changing rooms were probably the most problematic, with signs requesting that everyone shower naked before entering the lagoon. Some showers were in cubicles but others were open plan. Not many men obeyed the rules, but I understand Jackie was surrounded by unabashed naked women.

      In the lagoon we wallowed & applied the free mud mask that was going to nourish & soften our skin like never before. The girl handing out dollops of the white silica mud warned that we should avoid getting mud in our eyes. I immediately wiped the mud into my left eye & it stung like buggery for about 5 minutes whilst I frantically tried to douse it with fresh drinking water.

      We stayed in the lagoon for about 70 minutes, which effectively equates to a pound a minute. It was definitely an overpriced attraction, but very glad that we had experienced ‘1 of the 25 wonders of the world’.

      We returned to our hotel & refreshed with a couple of cold beers we had bought in a Vínbúðin two days earlier. We then rushed out to source some food. We had a choice of pizza, kebab or Thai. We chose pizza & against my better judgement Jackie ordered us the medium sized Volcano Pizza & a large Gull beer each. It was very nice & a pleasant end to our Iceland adventure.

      Song of the Day: Blue Water by Public Image Ltd.
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    • Day 2

      Erste Eindrücke von Island

      September 13, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      Soeben sind wir in unserer Unterkunft für die Nacht angekommen.
      Unweit des Flughafens verbringen wir nun also unsere erste Nacht in Island.
      Ankunft läuft auch hier wie in den meisten Ländern: Aus dem Flugzeug raus - Koffer holen - im Duty-Free eindecken.
      Bei der Autovermietung, wie auch in der Unterkunft, sieht alles sehr modern aus. Wir sind gespannt ob sich das so weiter durchzieht, aber haben die Vermutung, dass dem nicht so ist.
      Jedenfalls sind wir sehr gespannt auf den morgigen Tag und freuen uns auf die Eindrücke, die wir morgen erleben dürfen.

      Für uns heißt es jetzt erstmal "ab in die Falle".
      Bis morgen!
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    • Day 4

      Loooooong day.

      October 6, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 39 °F

      We landed in Iceland at 2:30 AM our time (6:30 Iceland time). We took a ride to get our camper and went all day long. The first thing you notice is the scenery…..it feels like you are driving on the moon. Or Mars. Or a combination of both. Or a volcano… ha.
      We made several stops. First a bridge that is straddling two different tectonic plates. Saw some incredible views. Along the way, we met some locals. They were very friendly. Actually a little too friendly, they followed us back to our car. I thought they were trying to steal things from us until I realized that everyone here is just really nice. We did decide to go to several places that they mentioned. And a route that not many people drive on. We loved it!
      In the evening we went for some delicious dinner, and a brew pub where we ended up spending time with some locals for several hours. Every 20 minutes, I ran outside to see if there were any northern lights. And guess what!!? There were none... After that we went to our campsite and passed out after like 36 hours no sleep. Apparently there were some amazing northern lights, but we were too pooped to witness any of them. Today was even more incredible and even more exhausting. We will update you soon!
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    • Day 11

      Viking Museum

      June 5, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

      Really enjoyed the Viking Museum today. Inside, there’s a replica ship that history enthusiasts sailed to New York back in 2000.

      The ship hangs inside the museum and visitors are free to hop in and explore. My favorite part is the creature on the bow.

      Larry snapped my pic by a statue of the first Viking to arrive in Iceland. According to legend, he had a pet raven.
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    • Day 11

      Hotelwechsel

      February 14 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

      Heute ging es für uns drei in ein neues Hotel. Das bedeutete wieder früh aufstehen, zum auschecken.

      Nachdem wir uns noch von dem Pool verabschiedet haben ging es los zum "The Lava Tunnel" bzw. Raufarhólshellir. Das ist ein alter Lavatunnel, welcher begehbar ist. Der Eintritt kostet 54€, ist zwar sehr happig aber meiner Meinung nach lohnt es sich. Unser Guide hat alles sehr liebevoll erzählt und ich habe auch alles verstanden, sodass wir einiges gelernt haben.

      Danach ging es zum Mittagessen nach Ikea und von dort aus in unser Hotel nach Keflavik. Wat soll ich dazu sagen. Das Hotel ist im Vergleich zu unserer Hütte in Selfoss so ein Downgrade, sodass wir uns die Stimmung ein wenig vermiest haben. Aber naja jetzt sind wir hier und wir machen das beste draus.

      Nach kurzem ankommen sind wir zur Bridge Between Continents gefahren, wo man zwischen den beiden Kontinentalplatten hin und her laufen kann. Von dort aus sind wir zu den Thermalquellen Gunnuhver gefahren. Sehr beeindruckend wie es dort aus dem Boden Sprudelt!!!
      Die rötliche Umgebung drum herum hat das ganze auch besonders aussehen lassen.
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    • Day 9

      Letzter Tag

      August 17, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Heute haben wir lange gefrühstückt und sind dann Richtung ABC- Hotel gefahren. Zudem sind wir noch in einen traditionellen Wolle Shop gefahren. (Álafoss) Bevor wir im Hotel ankamen. Heute fahren wir noch zur blauen Lagune.

      Heute ist leider ein Regentag.
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    • Day 1

      Ankunftsort

      August 9, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Wir sind abends in Island gelandet und haben unser Auto abgeholt. Anschließend konnten wir bei uns im Hotel einchecken. Nun sind wir noch ein bisschen im Sonnenuntergang spazieren gegangen. Es war sehr schön. Der Himmel hat sich im Verlauf in ein Lila getaucht.Read more

    • Day 1

      Day 1

      July 15, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

      We left at 8:30pm EST and arrived at 6:30am Iceland time (4 hours ahead, 6 hour flight). It was difficult to sleep on the flight due to the fact I typically go to bed at 12am and I felt the pressure of getting a “full nights rest” so I could fight the jet lag! But by some miracle, I got enough (plus lots of caffeine 😂) and I am writing this from bed at 12am Iceland time, about 24 hours from when our plane took off. I was lucky to be on the same flight with Ellie who is leading the workshop! Flying in, the landscape was nothing like I had ever seen. Below us (this part of Iceland) was mostly lava fields, minimal greenery, gorgeous mountains… and an active volcano!! Yes we are totally safe but you could see the smoke in the far distance and that was quite an exciting welcome!

      When we landed, we met up with the florist of the trip and one of the attendees who had also chosen to come in a day early to enjoy the country/get settled. Getting our rental car was quite the process and despite what could have been a stressful situation on minimal sleep and no caffeine (yet), we all made the best of it and laughed our way through. I was honored Ellie offered me the job as logistics coordinator for her first ever International photographers retreat. I admire soooo many things about her- her warmth, sincerity, thoughtfulness, love of learning and integrity. But on this trip, I especially love seeing her ability to find joy in any situation (which I also get to see regularly at weddings we work together) and how she moves from idea (no matter how small or silly) to execution within seconds. While waiting for the shuttle while at the wrong rental car office, we see this huge poster of a landmark here. Within seconds she goes “take my photo here, because if we don’t make it to the rest of our plans this week I can pretend I saw this!” Just the laugh we needed to pass the time :) I’m also not used to traveling with a group of photographers who capture every small moment throughout the day. It added a whole new layer of joy to traveling and I loved seeing each part of the day through their eyes (and photos)!

      The workshop begins tomorrow so today was mostly to ensure we got in on time, got settled and knocked out some errands (rental car, grocery shopping, floral shop, etc.). We did lots of eating all day long- starting with a breakfast Stromboli. We grabbed a quick lunch at a restaurant in downtown Reykjavík called “Chickpea” which was delicious and vegetarian (Ellie is veg and gluten free)! After we finished our tasks, we had the famous Icelandic hot dogs for dinner. One of the many things I am loving about Iceland is every single place offers delicious mocktails! It’s also fun to have a number of other attendees who don’t drink so I am not the odd one out! We enjoyed trying a variety today.

      We ended the day at the *unreal* Sky Lagoon. We got to experience “true Icelandic bathing culture at an Oceanside geothermal lagoon” and I was in heaven. Water surrounded by natural beauty is one of the most soothing things to me so we stayed about 3 hours and I could have stayed for 10! Soooo excited that going to multiple hot springs/lagoons/heated by the lava pools is part of our week! We not only enjoyed the heated lagoon but did the full “ritual” (see photo). The ice plunge was killer (I have a lot of room for growth lol, the worker in with us is #goals) and the sauna overlooking the water looked like a scene out of a movie! Can’t believe this was all just day 1. Wish me luck falling asleep 😂 Oh I forgot to mention, sunset is 11:30pm and sunrise is 3:45am! It makes the days long and full but boy is my body confused lol. Thankfully I have melatonin, an eye mask and black out curtains 🙏🏽
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    • Day 2

      Flug und Landung

      August 1, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Jetzt geht's los😊 Endlich kann ich mein Geburtstagsgeschenk einlösen. Wir sind um 8.00 Uhr losgefahren und haben noch Lotte weggebacht. Am Flughafen haben wir 1h gewartet bis wir den Koffer aufgeben konnten🙄 der Flug war bis auf ein paar Wolken beim Starten und Landen supi🥰Read more

    • Day 1

      Keflavik

      June 20, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 10 °C

      Keflavik probably gets passed by because everyone who arrives at the airport is heading for somewhere else. Most people perhaps never even visit or know what it's like, but the town is only minutes away.

      It's pleasant enough and a nice residential area but I suspect it will always fall within the shadow of the airport. It made a great base for my overnight stay and there were a number of restaurants close to where I was staying. Before dinner I went for a walk to see what was there, then after I'd eaten I want back to my luxurious room, which was very basic with access to a shared bathroom. It was great actually and exactly what I'd looked for and I was well pleased with my choice. I wasn't late to bed though. Tomorrow I had to meet my group at 5am at the Meeting Point in Departures and as I lay in bed I wondered what would come next and if the group would be friendly. Would it be enjoyable, would the weather be okay, had I got enough warm clothes, the right camera gear or the right skills?

      It was all academic now, of course, because in just a few hours I'd find out, so all I needed to do now was arrive on time. I needed to head to the airport at 4.30am.

      And so I did.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Keflavík, Keflavik, كيفلافيك, Горад Кефлавік, Кеплавик, Κεφλαβίκ, קפלאוויק, Կեֆլավիկ, ケプラヴィーク, კებლავიკი, 케플라비크, Keblavikas, Keflavīka, Кеблавик, 230, Кефлавик, Кеплавік, 凯夫拉维克

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