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  • Day40

    The North - to Akureyri

    March 28, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ 🌫 3 °C

    A short 35 minute flight (and a little bumpy) from Reykjavík and we found ourselves in the charming northern city of Akureyri. A town really of about 18,000 people, it services the northern region. It’s only about 250km from Reykjavík but takes 4 1/2 hours to drive by car. There are quite a few hotels and backpackers hostels in the town and loads of tours on offer. Once again it’s nice to be out of the big city.
    In the evening Sonia posted herself on Northern Lights watch and was rewarded for her patience.
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  • Day41

    Sagaland - vikings, trolls and elves

    March 29, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 5 °C

    Today’s travels took us on a day trip to the Lake Mývatn area. The area is full of volcanic action including geothermal pools and large lava fields. We were lucky with the weather with Mother Nature giving us a stunning day to showcase the lunar type landscape. We stopped by the Goðafoss waterfall (waterfall of the gods) so named when a cheiftain famously threw his old wooden Norse gods into the waterfall denouncing his faith and adopting on Christianity. We also viewed pseudocraters, mud pools and a lava field that is said to be inhabited by trolls and elves as well as being home to the Yulelads of Iceland. We finished off our day in the Mývatn Nature Baths, indulging in the natural hot springs. All in all a wonderful day.Read more

  • Day7


    May 26, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Akureyri liegt im Norden Islands und ist eine kleine Stadt mit viel grün ! Wir haben eine tolle Fahrt zu den Vulkanen gemacht vorbei an Lavafeldern bis zum Myvatn See mit seinen Naturbädern! In mitten der amerikanischen und eurasischen Platte haben wir in einem von 38-42C warmen mineralischen Badesee gebadet! Der Untergrund war feines Lavagestein. Einfach genial! Ein super Erlebnis! Auf dem Rückweg wieder an den Vulkankratern vorbei zum Wasserfall Godafoss! Ebenfalls beeindruckend ! Nun warten wir aufs auslaufen und für die nächsten 2Tage gibt es keinen Reisebericht da wir auf See sind! Melde mich dann aus Spitzbergen wieder !Read more

  • Day10

    Eindrücke aus Akureyri

    June 14, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Ein paar Bilder aus Akureyri und von unserem Ferienhaus. Ein toller Blick auf die Bucht!

    Hier gibt es die freundlichsten roten Ampeln, die ich bisher gesehen habe.

    Mitten drin ist auch ein Foto unseres Ferienhauses.

  • Day5


    September 26, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Heute haben wir etwas länger geschlafen, gemütlich in unserer Unterkunft gefrühstückt und sind dann gegen halb neun los in die Hauptstadt des Nordens und zweit größte Stadt Islands, Akureyri.
    Nach anderthalb Stunden Autofahrt durch die schöne Berglandschaft und einem kurzen Stopp an einer Schlucht sind wir dann durch die Geschäfte der Kleinstadt gebummelt und nach einem Kaffee weiter gefahren...Read more

  • Day7

    Fish & chips in Akureyri

    October 2, 2019 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Einmal was gönnen in der schönen Stadt Akureyri.
    Nach dem Nervenzusammenbruch musste das sein!
    Uns ist 100km von der letzten Unterkunft entfernt aufgefallen, dass wir den Zimmerschlüssel garnicht abgegeben haben 🤦🏻‍♀️ zum Glück sind Isländer so entspannt. Den Schlüssel konnten wir in Akureyri bei einer Bekannten der Damen hinter der Theke abgeben - Glück gehabt 🙈😁Read more

  • Day8

    "Phuket" or "F**k It"

    May 15, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    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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  • Day7

    Sulphur Alley

    May 14, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    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

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