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  • Day24

    Its all about fish...

    August 12, 2017 in Iceland

    Ich habe eine wirklich schöne Zeit bei meinem isländischen Couchsurfer Runar gehabt. Wir haben Möhrengemüse mit Apfelmus gegessen, Bier getrunken und viel gequatscht. Heute morgen ging es dann weiter nach Dalvik zum Fischfestival. Ich hab mich also zum trampen an die Straße gestellt und werde das erste Stück von einen netten Busfahrer mitgenommen. Alle Fahrgäste mussten bezahlen, nur ich nicht & dann hat er noch nen extra Stopp für mich eingelegt, damit ich weiter nach Dalvik trampen konnte 😊 2 Sekunden und das nächste Auto hält. Musiker auf dem Weg nach Dalvik. Und hier...Fischsuppe, Eis, Cola, frischer Backfisch mit Kartoffelauflauf, frische Garnelen, Schoki, Kaffee, Kuchen, indischer Currylachs, gegrillte Fischfilets, lachsbrote, Fischburger uvm. Alles high Quality, alles Fangfrisch nirgens lange anstehen und das Beste, ALLES UMSONST!!! INKLUSIVE Bands, Fischausstellung und Schiffbesichtigung bei allerschönstem Sonnenwetter. WAHNSINN 🤗
    Also wenn ihr Morgen nix von mir hört, dann bin ich wohl geplatzt.

    Abends dann ein großes Konzert mit anscheinend sehr bekannten isländischen Musikern & danach, bei eiskalten Silvestertemperaturen ein wirklich tolles Feuerwerk!

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  • Day19

    Es stinkt nach Schwefel, der Boden ist brüchig und dampft und der Matsch blubbert. Wirklich eine perfekte Science Fiction Location.

    Bei soviel sight seeing vor 10h morgens, bin ich froh mich am See Myvatn auf ein Mittagsschläfchen hinzuhauen.

  • Day5

    In Namafjall geht es wirklich ab. Da dampft und brodelt es aus allen Löchern. Namafjall liegt in einem Hochtemperaturengebiet mit Dampf- und Schlammquellen. Aber keine Angst, ihr werdet das Gebiet schon meilenweit entfernt riechen. Es "duftet" nach Schwefel ;)

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  • Day5

    Laut der Mythologie hat hier Odins achtbeiniges Pferd Sleipnir seine Hufe in die Erde gebohrt. Deswegen trägt Ásbyrgi auch den Spitznamen „Odins Fußabdruck“. Es gibt hier einen wunderschönen Campingplatz und das Gebiet eignet sich sehr für Wanderungen.
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  • Day342

    Der Norden Islands

    September 19, 2016 in Iceland

    Auf ging es gen Norden, dem Weihnachtsmann immer näher. Leider mussten wir aus zeitlichen Gründen die Westfjorde Links liegen lassen. Jedoch hat der Norden auch einiges zu bieten. Das Wetter spielt auch etwas mehr mit und wir werden nicht mehr ganz so nass. Im Großen und ganzen bietet der Norden mal wieder etliche Wasserfälle und schöne Aussichten. Leider hab ich mich eine Runde erkältet, aber ich bin ja hart im Nehmen :)
    So haben wir den letzten Tag im Norden nach all den schönen Aussichten und das erklimmen von Vulkankratern in einem Thermalbad Platz genommen. Bei Außentemperaturen von 8 Grad, war es richtig guddi in um die 40 Grad warmen Wasser zu plantschen.
    Die Nächte waren auch teilweise klar und da wir im Auto schlafen, hofften wir das Polarlicht zu sehen, nur leider wurden wir bisher nicht damit belohnt ... hoffe das wird noch.
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  • Day8

    "Phuket" or "F**k It"

    May 15, 2017 in Iceland

    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 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. 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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  • Day26

    Ever had a beer bath????

    September 6, 2017 in Iceland

    Icecream for morning smoko at a dairy, Holtsel farm, that has value added with icecream
    Lunch with the cows at Kaffi Ku cafe is in a glassed area over the fully mechanised dairy. The cows walk themselves into the milking "robot" when they feel full. There was also a robot that swept the hay etc off the floor. Their milk is sold on but use and sell meat from bull calves.

    Some farms just grow grass and bale to sell. No other enterprise
    Hot springs most places - little towns around that as "free energy"
    Bring sheep down from mountains in first 2 weeks of Sept as it may start snowing. The 5th today and feels like it
    26000 cows in Iceland all Icelandic breed as not allowed to import due to disease. Divided opinion as this will only lead to inbreeding. Some want to keep the breed pure, others see it as necessary
    Saw some belted galloway cows, was controversial at first but have adapted well.

    Kaldi micro brewery with much value adding. Used to be fishermen but injury stopped that. Decided to brew so studied in Germany but then realised best brewing was in Czechoslovakia so studied there. All their gear and barley comes from there too- not enough barley grown consistently in Iceland to use local barley. They have a restaurant AND beer spa!! Yes, they have a bath with 15% "young beer" in water and nice smelly oils. Plus beer bath salts and other beauty products. Very clever
    Look around Akureyri. 19000 people in Akureyri, 5th largest town by population
    walked through the botanical gardens. There airport runway juts right into the causeway nearly joining the road!!
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  • Day7

    Sulphur Alley

    May 14, 2017 in Iceland

    We are back on the road having left Egg Salad Store. We head west along the Ring Road....first planned stop is Dettifoss. We cross paths with Sandy, a Kiwi who is travelling for a year. We met the previous night at our lodgings and are headed in roughly the same direction. The 3 of us make our way to Dettifoss, referred to by some as "the mother of all waterfalls." It does not disappoint nor does the nearby waterfall, Selfoss. Spectacular comes to mind. We wind our way back down to the Ring Road and stop at Hverir, truly an other-worldly spot. We see steam pouring out of the earth, in some cases HISSING. It is a geothermal spot and whatever is spewing from the earth smells like sulphur. Thankfully not too too bad. From here we cross the road and head up to Krafla, a geothermal plant coupled with more sulphuric spots and a crater whose "lake" is still frozen.

    We have had enough for one day so time to find a place to lay our heads. We opt to skip the Game of Thrones cave at Grjotagja as well as the Myvatn Nature Baths. I promise Catherine we will double back next day for both venues.

    Deciding it was too touristy (translation....pricey) here we keep going and reach a fork in the road.....turn to Akureyri or straight on to Husavik. We choose Door #2 and head tO Husavik. All is going well until we hit the gravel portion of the highway.....a friggin' roller coaster with wayyyyy too much gravel. We have taken the wrong road as half of the 50 km is gravel. Shit! No turning back now.

    The good news ?? Husavik is another notch in the sublimely spectacular belt. We overpay for a guesthouse but score a great dinner at "Salka".

    Husavik's claim is that it is Iceland's whale capital. Pretty much guaranteed to see whales IF you pay up and have 3 hours to kill on a tour boat. We don't.

    Tomorrow is another day....we'll spend our whale tour money somewhere else.
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  • Day25

    Big drive day to Akureyri

    September 5, 2017 in Iceland

    We travel inland through the eastern fjords to the area around Egilsstadir where we have a yummy lunch at a guesthouse. Many farms are now value-adding by setting up accomodation and meals.
    East Iceland's geography is different. Minerals are different and stone is close to granite so stronger.
    Mountains are 18 million years old with no volcanic activity or hot springs
    Lots of land slides and rock falls. Closing or changing roads. Certainly keep the road gangs busy!!
    Water here is clearer as there's no ash. In places it's a bit murky from the recent rain.
    Prince Charles fishing area is around here.
    Traces of gold and iron found in the these hills. An Australian company is exploring this.
    Birch- native vegetation
    Pine- 100,000 xmas trees required. 50 000 come from region Egilsstadir and 50 000 from Denmark. This is the most forested area in Iceland, 99% is planted rather than self sown.
    Egilsstadir is the main major town for regional area.
    Into highlands, main territory of reindeer . In 1776 they came from Norway as sheep disease stopped food supply
    Sheep mustering time- shearing and probably shedding so lots of sheep are seen in roadsidw paddocks. There isn't always fences so often a few sheep are on or near the road.
    The landscape ( and the weather) changes rapidly from hill to hill often. Deserts, waterfalks, forests, steam baths, coast, glaciers.
    We visit an impressive waterful called Godafoss or Waterful of the Gods, as translated by Frederick. Paganism was abolished 1000 AD and apparently the pagan king threw all the idols into this watetful and converted to Catholic as was the religion then.
    We stay tonight at another farm stay at Akureyri
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Norðurland Eystra, Nordurland Eystra, Northeast, Nororiental, Nord-est, Nordest, Nordeste, Nordöst

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