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    • Day 3

      Golden circel

      January 27, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 3 °C

      Heute trübes Wetter und sehr kalt aber aufgebrochen zu der golden circel Tour . Erst ging es zum Thingvelliv Nationalpark. Traumhafte Umgebung. Danach weiter zu den Geysir Hot Springs. Dafür brauchte man schon ein wenig Geduld 🙈 Dann ging es weiter zu den Gullfoss Wasserfällen. Die waren meiner Meinung nach das Highlight. Einfach der Hammer. 🥶👍😁Read more

      Traveler  Die Wasserfälle sind gewaltig🤗


      Traveler  Ja die Niagarafälle waren nichts dagegen🤣😊


      Traveler  wow


      Traveler  Ist nur 3,5 Stunden fliegen von Amsterdam. Mit Zeitverschiebung! Also solltet ihr euch mal langweilen😜


      Traveler  Da ist auch mal was von Game of Thrones aufgenommen. Komt euch bekannt vor?🤔

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    • Day 1

      Reykjavik / Guesthouse Sunna

      May 21, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Nach der Blauen Lagunr düsten wir nach Reykjavik und quartierten uns im Guesthouse Sunna ein. Da es bereits 22.00 Uhr war gestaltete sich die Suche nach etwas zu Essen etwad schwierig. In der Hauptstrasse wurden wir bei einem Lamm-Döner und anschliessendem grichischen Donuts satt.
      Das wetter war weiterhin wunderbar. Selbst um 24.00 war es noch Tag hell und die Vögel pfiffen munter vor sich hin.
      Unser Guesthouse war an bester Lage neben der Kirche Hallgrimskirkja.
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      Traveler  sicher mega iidrücklich u schöns bädele gsi für eu beide... gestern toll us met em blaue Wasser u landschaft u sicher angenehm warm... hoffe au gästehus isch guet gsi u s unkomplizierte ässe... vielleicht gibt hüt echli früherer öpis feins! LG mami/Brigitte

    • Day 2

      Island - die Rosine am Ende des Hotdogs

      May 15, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      Gestern ging es von Düsseldorf erstmal nach Zürich. Mit an Board der Schweizer Justin Bieber, Luca Hänni 🤪. Von dort aus ging es dann weiter nach Island. Dort angekommen zeigte sich Island direkt von seiner besten Seite, natürlich mit Regen ☔️ . Wir holten unseren Mietwagen ab und erkundeten erstmal die Gegend rund um den Fagradalsfjall.
      Nachdem wir im Hotel eingecheckt hatten und uns etwas ausruhten machten wir uns auf den Weg ins Zentrum von Reyjkavik. Zuerst ging es zur Hallgrimskirche und anschließend gönnten wir uns „Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur“ - das beste Hotdog der Stadt 🌭.
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    • Day 8

      Day 8 - Happy Hour in Reykjavik

      May 18, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

      The night at Héraðsskólinn Historic Guesthouse was a nightmare. The walls were paper thin & we could hear our neighbour gently snoring during the evening.

      Around 1pm, Jackie had hit me 3 times for snoring too loud & told me that the neighbour had banged on the wall. We got dressed & stumbled along the corridor to the toilet.

      The remainder of the night was fitful to say the least, but before 9am we had both sneaked into our respective bathrooms & got showered. We had declined breakfast & by 9.30am we we back on the road again heading south.

      First stop of the day was Kerid Crater. It cost 400 krona to enter & walk around the beautiful volcanic lake. It is 270 metres long, 170 metres wide and 55 metres deep. After we had walked around it we were able walk down into it to the water’s edge.

      Having rejoined Route 1, our next stop was at a cafe & bakery in Hveragerði for coffee & a couple of very tasty rolls to share.

      We then continued along the Ring Road into Reykjavik & arrived at our hotel, 22 Hill Hotel, in the suburb of Holt not long after midday. We were able to park pretty much outside (for free) & our room was available, so we were able to check straight in to what felt like a luxurious room with it’s own bathroom!!

      We booked tickets for the Hop On, Hop Off Bus (Thanks for the tip David), then walked down to Harpa, a concert hall and conference centre on the waterfront, the starting point for the bus tour.

      The bus tour departed at 2pm & lasted an hour & 20 minutes with an informative audio guide. The bus tour took us around the Old Harbour, the Old Town, then out passing the National Museum, Hallgrímskirkja, Perlan (a museum and rotating glass dome that stands on top of Öskjuhlíð Hill), Laugardalsvöllur (Iceland's national football stadium with a capacity of just 9,800) & Höfði House to name just a few sights.

      The bus tour gave us a plan for what we wanted to see & visit in Reykjavik & we started by taking a closer look at Harpa, with it’s distinctive colored glass facade inspired by the basalt landscape of Iceland. We learnt that it’s opening concert was held on May 4, 2011 & it holds FREE concerts on Wednesday & Thursday lunchtimes. There was a poster advertising an up and coming concert by John Grant (already one of the artists for my songs of the day) & Rufus Wainwright. The inside was very impressive in dark grey with an angular glass ceiling. We used their plush toilets.

      We then headed on foot to the Old Town, where we stopped for a shared hotdog on what on the bus tour had described as Europe’s finest fast food joint. It was nothing special, but it was doing a roaring trade. I managed to get tomato sauce all down the front of my jacket.

      We ambled around the Old Town taking in the sights including the decent architecture, which up until now we hadn’t seen on our trip. Most houses & flats in Iceland seem to be just scruffy grey concrete blocks & the remainder are shabby corrugated iron chalets. I did also find an underground Punk Museum.

      Around 5pm, we found ourselves in the Gay Quarter of Reykjavik (I can’t think what gave it away in the photos!) & stopped at a suitable bar called Bravo for a ‘Happy Hour’ beer. Hallelujah, the beers were less than £5 a pint & the atmosphere was good with a mixture of locals & tourists.

      We had 3 pints each of their deliciously strong beer, before tearing ourselves away to hunt for some food. We ended up in a food hall, where we ordered a pizza from the recommended Flatey Pizza stall. We ordered a PADRINO pizza, with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, pickled chiles, honey & basil. It was absolutely divine & we washed it down with 2 non happy hour beers.

      By 8pm, we were back at our hotel & in bed for an early night.

      Song of the Day: Reykjavik by I LIKE TRAINS.
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    • Day 9

      Day 9 - Phalluses, Whales & Happy Hour

      May 19, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C


      After a decent nights sleep, we struggled to get up & ready at 9.20am for breakfast. For the next 40 minutes we gorged ourselves on toasted rye bread & a selection of preserves, coffee, juice & yoghurt. Probably our best breakfast yet.

      We were soon after heading out for my guided tour of Reykjavik. First stop was Hofdi House, a quaint whitewashed building located along Reykjavik’s scenic waterfront. It is famous for the fact that a major world historical event took place here in 1986 when Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan met & signed a deal to end the Cold War.

      We continued along the waterfront, calling into Harpa for more use of their plush toilets before heading to the Icelandic Phallological Museum, better known as the ‘Penis Museum’. It is unique in that it is the only museum of it’s kind in the world & it had an impressive display of 280 penises from 93 different species of animals including man. It was interesting, but probably more noteworthy for it’s novelty value.

      After, we returned to Harpa, just in time to catch the Hop On Hop Off Bus to the Whales of Iceland Museum in the Grandi Harbour District of Reykjavik. The museum contained life-sized rubber models of 23 whale species that have been seen in Icelandic waters. Included in the entrance fee was a 30 minute audio guided tour of the exhibits. It was an expensive tour for audio content, but the exhibits were particularly impressive.

      We left the museum just before the Hop On Hop Off Bus was scheduled to stop outside, but as we exited the museum, we saw our bus drive straight past several minutes early. Brilliant. We walked around Reykjavik port & arrived at an earlier stop to re-catch our bus, now over the 24 hour period we had paid for.

      We stayed on the bus until we arrived at Hallgrímskirkja, a Lutheran parish church. At 73 metres high (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in Iceland. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-1674), author of the Passion Hymns.

      We went inside to what can only be described as a very minimalistic interior. It contained a simple alter, rows of cushioned pews & a huge organ (I’d seen enough of them for one day). Not a stained glass window in sight. Jackie wrote a little message to be read out at the next service.

      After a number of photos, particularly of the impressive spire, we popped into a nearby sculpture garden then headed down to Reykjavik’s Hljómskálagarðurin park, renowned for its birdlife, sculptures, and serenity. Beyond the lake, known as ‘The Pond’ we popped into the City Hall, then made our way back through the Old Town.

      At a shop called 66 Degrees North, Jackie bought an expensive rucksack as her birthday present from me. We are going to try & get reimbursed for the tax, but that will be a drama for another day!

      Having satisfied ourselves that we had seen all we wanted to see in Reykjavik, we returned to our favourite Happy Hour bar to sample more of their half-price wares. We enjoyed 4 pints each of their strong white ale with a slice of orange floating on top.

      Around 7pm, we headed home & stopped off for a ‘traditional’ Icelandic kebab & chips that yet again we shared!!! We then returned back to our hotel for free coffee, biscuits & sweets to end the evening.

      Song of the Day: Happy Hour by The Housemartins.
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      Andy and Teresa Mays  I dread to think what may be in that message Jax left. Probably something about you smelling the same as the eggs earlier in the trip!! Safe journey home the pair of you!!

    • Day 13

      Day 13 - Iceland

      September 17 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      After forming a fierce distaste for Dutch liquorice I was convinced to give Icelandic liquorice a try. It's usually covered in chocolate but despite that, I think it's much, much nicer than Dutch liquorice! 😋
      Finally managed to get some cardio in and ran up the majority of the stairs at Grábrók Mountain, only managed to almost slip and fall into the creater twice (yay for travel insurance? 😅)
      As impressive as the photos seem they're actually disappointingly underwhelming (like most of the images I've shared in the last 6 days) in comparison to the natural beauty and vastness of the crater and surroundings. The last eruption was less than 3000 years ago. There is a university below, the dorms are currently used for Ukrainian refugees 💛💙
      Stopped at another geothermal bubbling puddle with some really pretty green moss and red rock colours, then on to the last waterfalls - Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. They run along the same river as Gullfoss (visited on first day).

      And with that the Ring Road is complete 🥺 Iceland has set the standard for the rest of Europe very high 😬 ..goodbye 4-5 star hotels/restaurants, hostel life here I come! 🤣
      Had one last dinner with most of the group at Seabaron in Old Harbour (where they serve shark 😬 had lobster soup #2 - So. Yum.) and was sad to say goodbye to a couple I've formed a very close bond with.
      Back to Luton and on to the next adventure - Derby!

      **Misc Iceland facts that if I don't put here, I'll forget: 😅
      *Sheep roam free over the majority of the island, it's not unusual to encounter a "lambvalanch" (sleep crossing the road), there are very few fences for both horses and sheep. And if there are fences, they're usually on the wrong side of them 😂 Keeping to tradition, farmers only move sheep once a year (mid Sept), they use horses and sheep dogs to collect them from highlands, take inventory, and herd them into barns for the winter. After the winter they're released again from April. Icelanders use the sheep for lamb only 😢 and wool.
      There are around 800,000 sheep in Iceland - still not half as many as NZ 😅

      *Icelandic horses are mostly free roaming like sheep but there aren't so many - around 80,000+. They're smaller, fluffier and more sturdy than other, usual horse breeds - designed for tough climates and rough terrain. They even have an additional gait (5 - usual horses only have 4?) to navigate through some harsher terrains. Some fields the horses hang out in are covered in lumps - the lumps are grass and moss covered lava rocks. While they look like it, apparently they get offended if called ponies.. 😂

      *Icelandic horses and sheep happily roam freely as they've no natural predators.
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      Traveler  There’s no good reason to eat liquorice of any nationality! 🤢

      Traveler  You were the one that tried to introduce me to it in the first place 😂

      Traveler  Just like Roy & Ian tried to introduce me to English mustard by the spoonful when I was 4yrs.🤣

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    • Day 4


      September 19 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Um 5.15 Uhr geht es für Daniela, Valerie, Birgit und mich bereits mit dem Taxi zum Flughafen. Wir haben nämlich noch grosses vor.

      6.35 Uhr heben wir der SAS nach Oslo ab. Von dort geht es dann weiter nach... Island! 🇮🇸

      Zum allerersten Mal für mich. Da wir so früh los mussten und Island zwei Stunden hinter unserer resp. Norwegischer Zeit ist, sind wir sehr verwirrt als wir dann um 10.35 Uhr landen. Für uns wäre jetzt 12.35 Uhr.

      Wir schnappen uns den Mietwagen und fahren nach Reykjavík. Zum Glück können wir schon unser Zimmer beziehen. Wir sind nämlich alle recht erschöpft und ein bisschen frisch machen tut gut.

      Wir flanieren durch die Strassen und halten beim Hotdog-Stand für unser Mittagessen an. Offenbar ist das sogar eine Spezialität hier. Ich entscheide mich für den Pulled Lamb Bun *yummi*

      Natürlich darf die Kirche und die Regenbogenstrasse nicht fehlen. Nach ein paar Stunden entscheiden wir uns und drinnen aufzuwärmen, da das Wetter sehr isländisch ist heute.

      Zum Abendessen gehen wir ins ROK. Die Tapasartigen Gerichte sind sehr fein, aber auch sehr klein.

      Wir beschliessen heute zeitig ins Bett zu gehen und eim bisschen Schlaf nachzuholen.

      #Reykjavík #island #einstök
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      Traveler  Guets erkunde 😊

      Traveler  Frauepower

      Traveler  😅 han gmeint das esch es Einhorn🫣 glaub ech han eine in de "Krone" 🫢

      Traveler  Das isch denk en Wikinger 😊

      Traveler  😂😂😂

      Traveler  😁😁😁

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    • Day 8

      Day 8 - Luton to Iceland

      September 12 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

      After approximately 8 seconds sleep last night I managed to snooze 2/3 of the trip from Luton to Keflavik. Arriving in Iceland was a stark contrast from the UK - at 4 degrees I'm now freezing, not melting in a heatwave 😂
      The views arriving were stunning, coming through security was a breeze - the customs officers were the most polite I've ever come across. Collected bag and headed to a group of typically tall, blond Scandinavians holding signs. Found my driver (who was lovely and had a great sense of humour) and headed off to Reykjavik.
      The drive to Reykjavik (worlds northern most capital) looked remarkably like the roads in Kona, Hawaii with the beach on one side and endless lava fields and mountains in the distance on the other.
      Dumped luggage at hotel, explained to some confused Americans why they didn't necessarily need to visit an ATM to get tip money out for food in this country (as if things weren't already expensive enough here?!), and headed out to find a much needed coffee and join a walking tour.
      Turns out a double shot of coffee was a bad idea at $10AU+ 😬
      Got shown around the city for 2 hours and learned about some folklore, history (particularly WWII), architecture, how Iceland become an independent country and current political matters.
      Bought a lopapeysa (it was on my bucket list, now I have no more spending money 😂)
      Went to meet the tour guide and group I'll be with for the next few days.
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      Traveler  Looking forward to these updates! Had to Google the lopapeysa 😂

      Traveler  Basically a handmade ugly xmas sweater, traditional Iceland edition 😂 they're made from Icelandic wool and built for warmth and keeping dry

      Traveler  They do look pretty cool! Definitely a must-have item from your travels

      Traveler  Is that why you went with very little weight to allow space for it 😍

    • Day 10

      Ein weiter Weg nach Reykjavik

      July 13, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      Heute war wieder Reisetag. Aber wir haben einige Stopps eingebaut. Es gibt ja so viel zu sehen. Nochmal Diamant beach....heute nochmal schöner als die letzten Tage. Dann Ort und Schlucht mit unausprechlichen Namen gleich nach dem großen Sandur. Dann kurzer Halt in Vik, dort sind zum ersten Mal wirklich viele Touristen. Gleich danach Stopp am Kap Dyrlaeri. Dort ein fantastische Aussicht und strammen Wind. Weiter zum Skogafoss, dort Busse voller Touristen. Man merkt die Nähe zu Reykjavik. Den Rest sind wir dann einfach durchgefahren. Immerhin haben wir für knapp 400 km über 9 Stunden gebraucht. Aber schöne 9 Stunden.Read more

      Traveler  wow, wow, wow.... wie warm oder kalt habg es ihr?? scheint so als hättets ihr hochsommer in island 🌞


      Traveler  Es ist Hochsommer. Und die Temperaturen sind wenn die Sonne scheint so um die 17 Grad. Wenn kein Wind geht ist es aber auch schnell wärmer. Und oft geht der Wind, so dass es klug ist immer eine Jacke dabei zu haben. Wenn es bedeckt ist, sind es meist Temperaturen so zwischen 10 und 13 Grad. Aber auch hier gilt, mit Wind wird es gleich etwas kälter. Und wir waren auch schon bei nur 7 Grad unterwegs.


      Traveler  ja, aber des geht ja dann eigentlich... solang kein Regen dazukommt ;) und da hattet ihr bis jetzt ja eher wenig oder?? im gegensatz zu uns 🙈


      Traveler  Ja nur ein zwei mal ein bisschen, aber immer nur Schauer oder halt beim Fahren wos eh wurscht ist.

    • Day 15


      October 13, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

      Wie schnell sind bitte diese 14 Tage in diesem unfassbar spektakulären Land vergangen?! Heute haben wir uns noch Reykjavík angeschaut und sind erstmals wieder auf Autoverkehr und Menschenmassen gestoßen. Für die Stadt reicht tatsächlich ein halber Tag, wenn man nicht noch diverse Museumsbesuche machen möchte. Heute spielte auch das Wetter nochmal richtig mit, auch wenn es kalt ist. Morgen um 7:25 Uhr bringt uns der Flieger wieder zurück in den Alltag. Eines ist aber sehr gewiss. Die Eindrücke, die wir hier mitnehmen, haben sich für immer eingebrannt. Ein unfassbar spektakuläres Land!!! Hinter jeder Kurve bekommt man eine neue fantastische Perspektive.
      Island hat sich tief in unserer Erinnerung verankert!
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      Traveler  Vielen lieben Dank für die tollen Bilder, die ausführliche Beschreibung! Danke fürs Mitnehmen 🤩🤩🤩


      Traveler  Eine farbenfrohe Stadt.Kommt morgen gut nach Hause.😚😚


      Traveler  Gern geschehen!!!

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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Reykjavík, Reykjavik, ሬይኪያቪክ, Rēcwīc, ريكيافيك, Reykyavik, Горад Рэйкявік, Рейкявик, রেইকিয়াভিক, རེཀ་ཇ་བིཀ།, Rejkjavik, Рейкьявик, ڕێکیاڤیک, Ρέικιαβικ, Rejkjaviko, Reikiavik, ریکیاویک, Réicivíc, Reiquiavik, רייקיאוויק, रेक्जाविक, Rèkyavik, Ռեյկյավիկ, REK, レイキャヴィーク, რეიკიავიკი, Reykyabik, Рейкиявик, 레이캬비크, Reiciavicia, Reikjavikas, Reikjavīka, Рејкјавик, റെയിക്യാവിക്, रेक्याविक, ରେକ୍ଜାଭିକ, ਰੇਕਿਆਵਿਕ, ریکجاوک, 101, Reiquiavique, Rėikjavėks, ரெய்க்யவிக், రేకవిక్, Reikiavike, เรคยาวิก, رېيكياۋىك, Рейкявік, ریکیاوک, Reikjavik, Reykjawik, רעקיאוויק, 雷克雅未克, 雷克亞維克

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