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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 wait....is 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.

    FYI.....photo 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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  • 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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  • Day6

    Day 6, Akureyri

    September 6, 2017 in Iceland

    So, first dock of the holiday in Akureyri, Iceland. The plan was to be up early to see us cruise down the fjord in to the berth. I'm pleased to report that Sharon made it, I opted for an extra hour in bed. We were docked by 8 as we made a couple of hours up because we missed Lerwick. Thick cloud and 5 degrees greeted us but to be fair the weather did improve throughout the day. Hat, coat and gloves weather but it did get to a massive 9 degrees in the height of the day. Had breakfast up in the buffet this morning and disembarked around 9.30 after most of the tours had left. It was only a short walk in to the town. We stopped off at the tourist information to see the lady Sharon had emailed and thank her. She told us about the local bus to the waterfalls which we booked for this afternoon. We had a wander around the town and walked up to the botanical gardens, stopping at a Lady's house who was selling hand knitted scarves and gloves that she had made herself. She was selling some that her sister had made 2 years ago but sadly died, Sharon chatted to the lady for a while. The Botanical Gardens were beautiful, very pretty and very well looked after. We walked back through the town to the ship for some lunch before going for the bus at 2.45. We were a tad nervous as most people had taken the organised tour but there were 12 of us so we figured if we got in to trouble we could get a taxi back. Our fears were unwarranted, the bus service was excellent and the driver gave us a running commentary about all of the history, even pointing out a house to us that Kevin Costner rents for 1 month each year. It wasn't too shabby to be fair but there was only the 1 Ferrari on the drive !!The Godafoss Waterfalls themselves were simply amazing, such power and force and all nice and warm too, where hot meets cold. I managed to get down to the bottom but nearly want arse over tit a couple of times. On return to the town we had a look at the Arctic Circle museum where the staff advised us they have seen the Northern Lights 7 times in the last 17 days, unfortunately it looks too cloudy tonight but we are going to have a look anyway. As we sail towards our next port, we do cross the Arctic Circle we think, only just but Sharon does get her wish to go to the Arctic for her birthday. Something I struggled to make happen but with some will power we managed between us.Read more

  • Day19

    Rest days...

    October 27, 2017 in Iceland

    ... are the best days ;-) It was warmer last night and, thus, the cold did not wake us at 7 am and started the rest day in a little turf house cafe, tried to escape the rain and wind while still visiting some sights and have arrived in the town Akureyri- for another coffee.

  • Day5

    Akureyri

    September 28, 2017 in Iceland

    Nach einer ziemlich verregneten Fahrt kamen wir endlich in Akureyri an und konnten auch direkt unser Zimmer beziehen. Somit stand einem Stadtbummel nichts im Wege.

    Besonderheit in Akureyri zeigen die Ampel rote Herzen♥️!

    Des Weiteren entdeckten wir einen menschengroßen Papageienvogel und Walfleisch auf einer traditionellen Menükarte!

    Leider wurde uns im Tourismusbüro mitgeteilt, dass unsere weitere Strecke im Südosten der Insel zur Zeit gesperrt ist. Wir warten jetzt noch zwei Tage ab, müssen aber wohl oder übel umkehren und können die Rundreise nicht wie geplant zu Ende führen. Daher an alle Leser: Daumen drücken, dass die Streckensperrung wieder aufgehoben wird!Read more

  • Day30

    Akureyri, Iceland

    July 8 in Iceland

    We’ve rushed out for a couple hours during Jackson’s break. We wandered around some stores for a while finding lots of Indian restaurants for Jackson but they were all only open for dinner. Then we found Akureyri Backpackers. Which is a hostel, laundry-mat, and cafe. The food was really good and so was the wifi. If we were coming back to Iceland we would definitely be stopping here for lunch again.Read more

  • Day7

    Akureyri

    July 19, 2014 in Iceland

    Hatten wir doch im Vorfeld mit dem Flug zur Insel Grimsey geliebäugelt, sind wir im Angesicht des trüben Wetters und der tiefhängenden Wolken froh, uns kurzfristig umentschieden zu haben. Und so machen wir drei uns heute auf, Mývatn, das Mückenwasser zu erkunden.

  • Day6

    Lunar Landscapes of Lake Mývatn

    September 12 in Iceland

    The smell of eggs in the morning. No, i'm not talking about breakfast, I meant sulphur. We went to the Námafjall Geothermal Area a.k.a. Hverir the first thing in the morning, and man, it felt like we were on a different planet. There is a lot of geothermal activity here. The openings in the Earth's crust cause it to form smoking fumaroles and boiling mud pots. We took a couple of good photographs for a price, the overwhelming smell of eggs.

    After that we hit Route 864 which was pretty much deserted so we stopped and took pictures in the middle of the road. We made another stop, the Dettifoss Waterfall which just so happens to be Europe's most powerful waterfall. We got upclose and personal with this one as we can go right upto the edge of it to take pictures. The sound of falling water was simply astounding.

    As we continued on our way, we encountered Botnstjörn Pond in Ásbyrgi (also part of the Vatnajökull National Park. This pond is surrounded by high cliffs and autumn colours (since its the beginning of autumn now). You can also hike up the cliffs but it takes a couple of hours and we didn't really have time for that so we skipped it.

    We had lunch in the park and were on our merry way again. We arrived at a town called Húsavík. This place is known for whale and puffin watching. Unfortunately puffin season is out. They leave from August til May so maybe next time. We did however go whale watching. It costs ISL 10500 per person by we got 10% off as we took the last boat of the day. The ride took 3 hours and I was so seasick I thought I would puke my internal organs out since I had emptied myself dry but was still gagging like a maniac. Fortunately I did get to see humpback whales in between my hurling episodes. So maybe the trip was worth it, but oh man, never again am I doing that.

    As we reached land I felt my insides slowly regaining its normal physiology. In no time we were on the road again. This time heading towards Akureyri. Along the way we stopped by the heavenly Gođafoss waterfall. Its not so much the height but the width of it that made it have that 'wow' effect on me. It also looked like where the water came out from a top loading washing machine. And the water was blue in colour! I'm not kidding!

    Following that, we drove another 40 minutes and reached the town of Akureyri. We put up the night in Akureyri Guesthouse which is located among a row of shops. The best part, I got my souvenirs at a relatively cheaper price here and the shop is just next to the guest house. Another day awaits tomorrow!
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  • Day10

    Stadswandeling in Akureyri

    August 16, 2015 in Iceland

    Vrij goed geslapen en rond 7 am naar dek omdat we Akureyri bereiken, onze laatste haven in IJsland. Een licht ontbijt moet mijn maag tot rust brengen en dan gaan we de stad in.
    Akuteyri heeft als bijnaam de hoofdstad van North Iceland te zijn. Hier zou reeds van in de 9e sporen van bewoning gevonden zijn, maar in 1562 werd het in officiële documenten een stad genoemd.
    Tegenwoordig is Akureyri een vooraanstaande haven en een economie gebaseerd op visvangst. Het is ook een basis voor bikers en backpackers. Verder is er een botanische tuin, de moeite waard. Een modernistische kerk gewijd in 1940 en één winkelwandelstraat.
    Het valt ons op dat het een groene stad is met veel bomen, in tegenstelling met de rest van IJsland waar bomen eerder schaars zijn. Mogelijk wegens slechte groei of omdat ze in vorige eeuwen werden gebruikt als bouwmateriaal voor huizen en schepen?
    Er is zelfs een herbebossingsprogramma lopende, je koopt een jonge boom met certificaat en hij wordt met jouw naam erbij in de natuur geplant.
    Na een goede wandeling gaan we terug aan boord tegen 1 pm. Even een beetje eten, voor mij alleen maar wat brood en Ibuprofen, Dirk geniet gelukkig wel van verschillende gerechten uit het buffet. Aan de achterkant van het schip kunnen we rusten en genieten van het uitzicht als we Akureyri verlaten en de Ejafjordur (naam van de fjord) doorvaren naar open zee.
    We verlaten de haven om 2.45 pm en de fjord zelf om 5.20 pm onderweg zagen we nog walvissen, geen grote potvissen maar een kleinere soort zoals in Canada.
    Het is licht bewolkt en zo'n 15°. Eens we terug op volle zee zijn voel je het deinen van het schip weer, de golven zijn 1 a 1,5 m hoog.
    Even langs het Lido voor een hap en dan naar de show van Iris Croes. Een Nederlandse muzikante die ook liedjes schrijft en enkele jaren geleden de talentenshow won in Nederland. De klank was niet zo goed maar ik denk dat het wel OK was gezien de enthousiaste reacties van de Nederlanders.
    Voor mij was de avond alweer voorbij, naar bed om 9 pm.
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  • Day5

    5. TAG auf See bis nach Akureyri

    July 16, 2017 in Iceland

    Heute hatten wir den dritten Tag auf See. Die Nacht war sehr unruhig, das Schiff rollte wie die Seefahrer sagen. Das kommt wenn der Wind von der Seite weht und bei uns ist das der Fall gewesen und zwar mit 80km/h. Das Wetter war sehr schön die Sonne schien und es waren Schönwetterwolken am Himmel. Leider waren die Fensterputzer wieder am Werk, welche die gesamte Fensterfront abspritzten und wir konnten die Sonnenliegen auf Deck 5 nicht benutzen. Also zogen wir unseren Saunabesuch vor und konnten in der Panoramasauna das erste Mal nach zwei Tagen "Land in Sicht rufen". Island zeigte sich in etwa 80km Entfernung mit schneebedeckten Bergen und Gletschern. Bei seiner täglichen Durchsage, teilte uns der Kapitän mit, dass es einen Notfall an Bord gibt und das Schiff mit voller Kraft Richtung Akureyri fährt. Ein Passagier hat gesundheitliche Probleme und braucht dringend ein Krankenhaus. Das bedeutete für uns heute schon in den Hafen von Akureyri einzulaufen. Am Abend gegen 21.30 Uhr machte das Schiff fest und wir unternahmen noch einen Spaziergang durch den Ort. Den Standort der Station wo unser Mietauto für den nächsten Tag abzuholen war erkundeten wir auch gleich noch. Gegen 24.00 Uhr waren wir wieder auf dem Schiff.Read more

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