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  • Day8

    Day 7: Blönduós

    September 4, 2015 in Iceland ⋅

    First we had the plan to take a route back in the highlands, but on this route we would have to cross some rivers. Because of the heavy rain last night it would have been to dangerous so we cycled to Reykholt and than took a bus to Blönduos far in the north of Iceland.

  • Day7

    Reiten am Strand in Island

    July 7, 2017 in Iceland ⋅

    Am Schwarzen Strand entlang galoppieren – einfach nur ein Traum! Auf dem Hof Helluland können Besucher auch ganzjährig in das Farmleben eintauchen. Richtige Highlights sind der Schafs- und Pferdeabtrieb. Andrea, die gerade auf dem Hof arbeitet, hat mit uns eine Tour zum schwarzen Strand gemacht und es war so irre schön!
    Mehr Infos: www.lilies-diary.com/island-rundreise/
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  • Day12

    The Northern Lights

    November 5, 2016 in Iceland ⋅

    This is why the diary wasn't updated last night.

    The temperatures dropped to -4C whilst we eat our evening meal and the skies were clear so we decided to grab our cameras and drive back along the route to try a find a dark location ... and wait.

    Rob has an App on his phone which predicts the chance of seeing the Aurora ... he would, wouldn't he! Tony is definitely experiencing the technology age on this trip.

    We waited in the car for a hour or so and with the forecast still low (though improving) we were on the point of calling it a day.

    And then they arrived. At first there was just a tint, a mere mist of light in the north, but within seconds we were treated to a display of shimmering curtains of green that continually changed shape and brightness. Our moment had come and we tried to capture it all as best we could.

    Unfortunately the phone could only produce what we've uploaded so the photos we took we'll bring back for you to see.

    So it happened ... our wishes came true and what a fantastic end to a stunning day.
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  • Day8

    Tunnel Vision

    May 15, 2017 in Iceland ⋅

    WOW...it is Monday....our 2nd Monday in Iceland. We slept in Akureyri last night.....well located "apartment" in the middle of the main downtown area. We opt to stick around for awhile and tour on foot. We climb countless steps to the church (it was closed) and then proceed a short distance to a lovely botanical garden (it was open). We make our way back into the town square....several blocks of shops, cafes and assorted businesses. Stop for a photo op with the Trolls (NOT a rock band), have a quick snack and then totally pig out on ice cream before leaving town.

    We head north to Dalvik and keep on going. We encounter a 3km tunnel enroute to Siglufjordur followed by a 7km tunnel, a 3 km tunnel and finally an 800m tunnel. Some were one lane so we had to practice our "tunnel etiquette".... we passed with flying colours. Of course we did...we're Canadian.

    "Siglu" was awesome. Apparently in its hay day, 10000 people worked there....fishin'. What else?? Nowadays, it is a touristy stop and hiker heaven. It is what Port Stanley wants to be. We eventually left but not without incident. There were NO signs pointing the way out towards the highway we needed. We did a lap (or 2) around one block before finally stopping to ask some locals (who sounded Russian or Polish) for directions. Turns out they were sitting at the corner we needed to turn at. Onward and upward. Oh yea.....MORE upward for me as well as more water. To top things off, the road had sections in need of paving. Despite my fears, it was a breathtaking drive as we headed to our final stop du jour----Hofsos.

    We arrive in Hofsos....eventually get our reserved lodging figured out and walk down to THE pool to inquire about closing times and protocol. In the time this takes, the one and only source of groceries closes (@ 6) so it'll be whatever cheese,crackers,salsa&chips we still have left over. Oh well, shit happens. Our accommodation last night in Akureyri provided a door code which rendered a front desk person utterly useless. Tonight's place is so polar opposite of last night's that I don't think the distance between the two can be quantified. We literally walked into an unlocked, empty house!!!! 5 rooms, all with keys in their seperate doors and NOBODY home !! Talk about low tech. I feel like I am back in the 60's when people still left their front doors unlocked. Well, turns out We are not back in the 60's......this town (Hofsos) IS the 60's.

    We adjourn to THE pool for about an hour long soak and swim. THE pool is an infinity pool overlooking the fjord. It also comes with a "hot pot" which is a large jacuzzi-like pool without the jets. Say the least...the views are why THE pool has helped put Hofsos on the tourist map.

    We return "home" and shortly thereafter our "host" arrives to collect our payment. At least she is somewhat high tech....she has a portable credit card machine in her hand!! We are the only guests tonight so "party on Wayne". She informs us we must visit the Emigration Centre tomorrow. Apparently it deals with Icelanders who emigrated to Canada. "Will do."

    Quiet night here....they rolled up the street at 6 p.m remember!! At least the pool stayed open til 8. Did I mention that THE pool is outdoors?? Open year round. There...I have provided a FREE travel plug for Hofsos.

    No concrete plans tomorrow. Borgarnes is a possible destination......Lonely Planet speaks highly of the town and surrounding area. One of these days we will get to Reykjavik.....no rush.
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  • Day9

    Late Night Oooohs and Ahhhhs

    May 16, 2017 in Iceland ⋅

    So, what do you do in a village that closes at 6 pm? Nothing....other than taking a dip in THE pool (see previous post). If you're still awake much longer cuz you are reading news and sports on-line, you spot something orange out of the corner of your room's window. Upon further examination, you go outside,walk around back of the house and see this at 10:45 p.m local time.

    Enjoy.
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  • Day27

    Dancing on the street

    August 15, 2017 in Iceland ⋅

    Das Leben eines Trampers auf Straßen die so einsam sind, kann schonmal aus langem warten bestehen.

    Egal, ich mach einfach ne Tanzfläche draus 😉

  • Day9

    Few are similar first time.

    March 27, 2016 in Iceland ⋅

    The Aurora forecast is a 4/9, the highest it's been all week. We stayed in the Myvatn region last night, considered the Aurora Borealis capital of Iceland - but not in a blizzard.

    The snow continued all night and into the day. The night's black out became the day's white out. After a breakfast of smoked lamb, egg, peppers, and black charred bread, I headed out into it.

    When traveling in Iceland in a blizzard on Easter, be sure you have plenty of gas. Many gas stations will be closed, so you will have to rely on your American credit card with a PIN which doesn't exist. And no, your bank card is not a fitting substitute. There are many charming, picturesque, mountainside churches that will be open. By open, I mean their doors are unlocked. But please don't bother trying to find out when or even if they are having services. They are utterly empty and there are no signs.

    We emerged out of the east central storm today in Akureryri once again. I was having Jennifer take videos of the intense white out conditions as we came down the steep fjordside roads. It was still my time to drive. Drifts along the railing were up to the middle of her doors or higher.

    Easter holidays are apparently the time for eating, as restaurants were all still open, and we found a charming cafe with plenty of hot pumpkin soup. We also stopped back in Glaumbaer at the turf house cafe, which was also open. Here, they had a variety of traditional icelandic cakes, dainty china, and an upstairs exhibit on 300 years of coffee in Iceland. I opted for my first tea today, and was highly amused to be served from a selection of Celestial Seasonings Teas - Hello Colorado! Little did our hostess imagine I had been in that very factory. The Victorian Earl Gray was delightful, and I also got a cream and rhubarb jam filled pancake, which we would call more like a crepe. It was the most traditional offering, and I had just been reading in my book where the hero Bjartur, was serving pancakes at his late wife's funeral.

    The sun had come out here, the little chapel was open, and I took a moment to explore. All the trap doors leading up to the bells were open, so I examined the views from the top, as well as the hymnals below. The church is actually famous for being the place where Snorri Porfinnsson, the first European born in North America (in the year 1004), is buried. Snorri's mother, Gudridur Porbjarnardottir, was a celebrated Icelandic explorer. Statue of mother and son are at the entrance to the church/cemetery.

    We found exactly one supermarket open all day, and there I purchased a small Icelandic easter egg. My fortune, mysterious as promised, translates to: Few are similar first time.
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  • Day5

    Hvammstangi Cottages

    March 23, 2016 in Iceland ⋅

    I slept about 12 hours last night. It was glorious. Then started the day with a traditional Iclandic breakfast (so they say) in downtown Reykjavik at the Loki Cafe (Loki, the Norse god, the trickster). I had Icelandic Plate 3, consisting of trout and eggs on rye, pickled herring on hard boiled egges on rye, and rye bread ice cream. And some more strong coffee. Fish and ice cream are not my usual breakfast, but it was hearty and tasty - though the pickled herring was pretty strong.

    After picking up our rental car we headed out of town to two of the lesser known waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Barnafoss means Children's Falls, and is named after two local children who are believed to have died there crossing a stone arch over the rushing river. They since knocked the stone arch down to prevent such opportunities again.

    The drive is gorgeous going northward. The clouds sat low over the valley. At one point we were driving through one. Ponies and sheep are grazing everywhere. We are traveling highway 1, the Ring Road.

    It's winter, and close to the Easter holiday, where many Iclanders travel. It's not alwways easy to predict what is in season, and what will be open. The highly recommended craft store was closed for the season. The famous farmer`s markets were no where to be found. We are undeterred. We had some tastey seafood at Sjavaborg - Tuna, Prawns, and lobster. I've also been sampling the favored national snack of licorice dipped in chocolate. While not usually a licorice fan, the bit I picked up is quite good.

    For the trip I've purchased a fabulous National Geographic map of the Island. It indicated there was a light house and a hot spring a few miles north of the city. Driving up the unpaved road in our 4WD, we easily located the light house. The fjord was instantly so foggy it seemed an absolute neccessity. The hot spring, however, was no where to be found.

    We remain undeterred. The town swimming pool was open, and fed from geothermal springs. We relaxed the night away there, waiting to see if the Aurora would peek out. No such luck yet. But Jennifer and I have made a deal. I will handle all the tricky driving. And in return she will get up nightly to check for the aurora, and wake me if it's out. A mutually satisfying negotiation.

    We are currently tucked away in a cosy cottage outside of town, and I am retiring to the top bunk.
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  • Day14

    Hvammstangi, Island

    June 10, 2017 in Iceland ⋅

    Fahren, staunen, fahren, staunen usw.
    Leider war am Samstag bei den meisten schönen Landschaften das Bild nicht halb so schön...
    Und der eiskalte Wind wollte uns einfach nicht aussteigen lassen!
    Daher gibt's nur ein paar Schnappschüsse 😯

You might also know this place by the following names:

Norðurland Vestra, Nordurland Vestra, Northwest, Noroccidental, Nord-ouest, Nordovest, Noroeste, Nordväst

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