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  • Day7

    Reiten am Strand in Island

    July 7, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ 🌫 -5 °C

    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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  • Day9

    Notizie utili per chi guida in Islanda

    February 8, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ -5 °C

    Lo sapevate che in Islanda vige lo zero alcool per chi guida?
    Se per esempio bevete una birretta con un hot dog (pessimo) in un paesino dimenticato da dio e dagli uomini siete già fregati.
    In questi casi se vi fermano (e mettono la sirena di sicuro) e non superate lo 0,5 all’alcool test, ma mettiamo siete a 0.33, cosa fa la polizia? Vi ritirano la chiave della macchina e potrere riprendere la guida quando rientrerete con il tasso di alcool nel sangue a zero. È questo accade dopo qualche ora.
    Naturalmente la chiave bisogna andarsela a prendere a piedi al comando.
    Notizie utili dal mondo, non veniteci a dire che non vi abbiamo avvertito! 😳
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  • Day12

    The Northern Lights

    November 5, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ 🌙 -1 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C 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 ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    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.

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  • Day27

    Dancing on the street

    August 15, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

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

    Egal, ich mach einfach ne Tanzfläche draus 😉

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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