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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!
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  • Day8

    Tunnel Vision

    May 15, 2017 in Iceland 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 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.


  • 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 😉

  • Day11

    The Slow Road West

    September 26 in Iceland

    Days 11-12:

    Wednesday started off with breakfast at a nice café downtown, then strolling around through the shops into the afternoon where we found some lovely trolls working in one. Along the way, we noticed small statues on stone bases and upon closer investigation, they represented the sister cities of Akureyri. These include Västerås, Sweden and Ålesund, Norway, two cities we have ties to! Most of the last Winterströms in Sweden live in Västerås and there is a statue representing one of Mama Bear's ancestors in Ålesund. We visited Akureyrarkirkja, another relatively newly built cathedral on our way back to home base. The stained glass windows each had a biblical story along with an Icelandic story, like the pagan idols being thrown over Goðafoss. That pretty much completed the amount of effort we were willing to put into the day and we were more than happy about it!

    Thursday was a planned travel day, but we did have some exciting events! Along the drive, there was some light snow through the mountains, which is a HUGE deal for Californians... Once we made it through our intense meteorological experience, we stopped in Glaumbær to see the old turf houses. This type of construction was a way for early settlers to insulate their homes. The land would be prepped with large stones, then a strong wooden frame would be built and finally, layers of sod blocks would be stacked on. And since keeping up appearances apparently was a thing even when living in homes made of dirt, the blocks would commonly be set in a herringbone pattern. Grasses would grow over the tops of the homes, further insulating them. As the turf homes evolved over the millennium they were used on Iceland, they split from a longhouse style to interconnected individual homes, windows were added and the entrances developed from small doors into full wooden fronts. It's a pretty neat design and really shows the ingenuity needed to live and thrive in such a harsh and ever-changing environment!

    We continued to the village we will be staying in for the next two days, Hvammstangi. It is a tiny little place on the Vatnsnes peninsula with a population of about 580, held together by shrimping, a wool manufacturer and of course, a blossoming tourism industry. A little to early to check in to our next home, we stopped by the wool factory because it's Iceland and wool is everything here. A short tour through the factory gave some insight into how machine made wool products are created on the island. Although they may not be traditionally handmade, the raw materials are Icelandic and the work is all done in Iceland, so that seems good to us! That being said, of course our eyes were drawn to the only thing in the shop that was, in fact, handmade... A local woman tans sheepskin and a one in particular tickled our fancy. As animal lovers, we did consider that all of the sheep here are free grazing and seem to have enjoyable lives, so we were happy to support the sustainable practices.

    Next up, we had lunch overlooking Miðfjörður, the little fjord that Hvammstangi is located on, and the uninhabited peninsula on the other side. Seafood soup was of course the dish of choice for the shellfish lovers amongst us and a lamb burger for Papa Bear. It's safe to say that we will greatly miss the seafood and lamb when this trip is over! Having not spent enough time wandering yet, we drove out along the west coast of the Vatnsnes peninsula, expecting to see a few of seals that it is know for. Instead, while bumping along the unpaved road, we started seeing the trademark misting breaths of whales in the bay. Not one or two like we saw on our whale watching tour, but numbering into the double digits. With our refreshed whale knowledge, courtesy of the tour a few days ago, we tried to figure out what kind of whales would be in a pod in this area. Semi-safely to the side of the road with telephoto lenses out, we were able to pretty confidently identify them as humpbacks. Since humpbacks are definitely not supposed to be in a pods, we are still a bit puzzled by it, but we won't complain. We spent a good hour looking a full kilometer out in the bay at the whales breaching, tail slapping and diving (the attached picture includes one whale tail slapping). It was a completely unexpected experience and another lucky part of our trip! To top off our unplanned coastal drive, we saw the Skarðsviti Lighthouse, which we know nothing about, but is absolutely stunning with a view of the Westfjords in the background.

    Tomorrow will be spent just milling around the Vatnsnes Peninsula and staying in our tiny little town until Saturday when it's back to thermal springs and waterfalls!
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  • Day6


    January 21 in Iceland

    Jõudsime öömajja. Mul kaevamisest ja lumes möllamisest sokid ja jalanõud märjad. Sisse registreerimiseks pidime omanikule helistama ja ta kohale kutsuma - onu nimi oli Gunnar.

    Tuba on suht väike, liigutasime voodit, et mahuks kohvri lahti tegema põrandal, aga muidu ok. Kadri avaldas soovi hommikul loomi vaatama minna - meid ootavad siis kanad, hobused ja koerad. Diil jäi, et lähme, kui Kadri lubab, et me kunagi kanu pidama ei hakka!Read more

  • 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 😯

  • Day4

    Hvítserkur - Troll oder Elefant?!

    September 27, 2017 in Iceland

    Eigentlich wollten wir nach unserer Schlammtour mit dem Jimny in unserer nächsten Unterkunft "Guesthouse Höfðabrau" einkehren und uns zum Mittag etwas kochen. Doch wir waren knapp 3 Stunden vor Check in da und unser "Gastvater" noch nicht. Somit entschlossen wir uns die Halbinsel Vatnsnes auf der Straße 771 zu umrunden. Unser Hauptziel dabei war der Hvítserkur (isl. etwa „weißes Nachthemd“) ein 15m hoher Basaltfelsen, der an zwei Stellen ausgehöhlt ist.

    Einer isländischen Sage nach soll es sich bei dem Felsen um einen Troll handeln (mit nach links gesenktem Haupt), der von der Sonne versteinert wurde, als er das Kloster Þingeyrar mit Steinen beworfen hat.

    Für uns hat er auch Ähnlichkeiten mit einem Elefanten!
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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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