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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 9th 2014

Départ ce matin avec l'Heklà dans la brume. On remonte vers le désert et les hautes terres probablement pour la dernière fois. On arrive à la route 35 et on voit Geyser au loin. On file vers le nord et on prend la piste F338. Un peu décevant, elle est sous une ligne de transmission électrique. Le paysage est tout de même beau avec le glacier Langjökull juste au nord mais sans plus. On prend ensuite une piste vers le sud. La F337 qui redescend vers Geysir. Notre idée est d'aller rejoindre un piste secondaire sans numéro qui redescend vers Thingvellir. La piste est magnifique et nous plonge encore une fois dans des paysages différents de tout ce qu'on vu jusqu'à maintenant. Les laves basiques laissent ici leur place à des laves acides qui ont coulées ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Selfoss July 8th 2014

Le Vatnajökull est recouvert d'un manteau de brume ce matin et on ne le voit pas. Après avoir joué du coude avec des allemandes pas de classe au déjeuner et s'être faufilés entre un groupe de mannequins voyageant avec support à vêtement sur roues et bigoudis dans les cheveux, on prend enfin la route. On doit rouler vers l'ouest pour environ 330 km. On ne fait que trois petits arrêts. On regarde les icebergs à Jökulsarlon, on arrête au mémorial du pont emporté par la crue suite à une éruption en 1996 et on fait un changement de pilote dans le coin de Vik. En rallentissant devant Skogafoss bondé de touristes on s'est fait demander un lift jusqu'à Reykjavik par une touriste britannique qui attendaient l'autobus. Désolé, mais on n'y va pas aujourd'hui.... On devait terminer ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 7th 2014

The Beginnings The 2pm meeting time at Seattle Tacoma International Airport came quickly, too quickly for some parents and exchange students who struggled to say goodbye. It seems like just yesterday that we were in the very infancy of planning for this event. At that point, and for many subsequent months to follow, it didn't truly seem real. Posing for the group pictures and making our way through the security line with parents continuing to snap copious amounts of pictures, it really sunk in. We are departing on a defining moment in the young lives of our students. An experience that will serve to challenge, enrich, and inspire them for sure. It's going to be an incredible three weeks with an incredible group of kids! As I type this portion of the entry, we are somewhere ... read more
Over Greenland
Reykjavik Church
Lunch Crew

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Landmannalaugar July 5th 2014

Hier matin encore, la F26 nommée Sprendgisandleid ou route des voleurs, où les islandais honnêtes n'ont pas oser s'aventurer avant 1850 par crainte de se faire attaquer, était fermée et ne devait pas ouvrir avant lundi prochain. Paul et moi étions donc résignés à descendre vers le sud ouest par la route asphaltée avec tous les autobus de touristes. Dernière vérification tard hier soir de l'état des routes pour s'informer sur ce qui nous attends dans deux jours dans le sud. Surprise! Je constate que la F26 est ouverte. Paul ne me crois pas et je dois lui montrer beaucoup d'écran pour le convaincre. Départ d'Akureyri ce matin. Il pleut comme vache qui pisse, il vente à renverser les autobus et le mercure affiche un timide 2 degré Celsius. Nous sommes au niveau de la mer ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Selfoss July 5th 2014

Day 3 in Iceland When we woke, the sky was partly blue - a great sign, but it could also mean anything. Just before we left the lovely lady who managed the camping park warned us that the wind was going to be a real problem and she stressed to us to drive very carefully. There were going to be 70 kph winds plus gusts. We found this to be so as soon as we left. Tome drove and sometimes into a head wind (which really tested Mollie and the fuel consumption went way up). The sideway gusts of winds, especially when we were driving along the shore, really moved the motor home. It was a little worrying despite all this, all went well. We drove a short distance west and visited the Skógar folk museum. ... read more
Check out the tyres on these 4x4 (1)
Geysir at spouting spring Strokkur (10)
Geysir at spouting spring Strokkur (3)


Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 5th 2014

Day 4 In the morning, we got up early in the beautiful sunshine and clear skies, and drove to Þingvellir national park, where the ancient outdoor parliament was founded in 930. This area is also very interesting from a geological point of view, since it’s situated on top of the mid-Atlantic ridge, where two earth crust plates (American & Eurasian) slowly drift apart, 3mm annually. Therefore, there are many fissures in the soil at Þingvellir. Over 10,000 years there has been a 70 metre divergence of the 2 plates and the valley floor has subsided by 40 m. It is a myth that you can stand with one leg on each plate as they are too far away - great tourist sales pitch though. Iceland's largest lake is Lake Þingvellir which is 84 km2 in area, ... read more
Blue Lagoon thermal pools near Grindavik 48 kms SW of Reykjavik (29)
Blue Lagoon thermal pools near Grindavik 48 kms SW of Reykjavik (13)
Mid-Atlantic Ridge - junction of American & Eurasian tectonic plates - Pingvellir Park (26)

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 3rd 2014

After getting off the plane at 6:15 am in Iceland, we started our trip by going to the Blue Lagoon spa. The water there is naturally light blue from the silica, and they have mud (in buckets) you can put on. Even though it was freezing outside, the water was hot, heated naturally by geothermal energy. From the Blue Lagoon, we headed to Reykjavik and then to Hafnarfjordur, about half an hour away from downtown Reykjavik, to drop our stuff off at our Airbnb location. We spent the afternoon walking around Hafnarfjordur and then decided to go to a couchsurfing meet up in Reykjavik. When we got back to our Airbnb at 10:30, it was still bright out and looked like early evening. Today, we spent the day in Reykjavik. After dropping our bags off at ... read more
Rebecca in the Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon
Max in the Blue Lagoon

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Keflavik July 2nd 2014

We've landed in Iceland and are at the airport waiting for a bus to take us to the Blue Lagoon!... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 2nd 2014

We made it to Iceland last night, staying at the Castle House apartments near the Tjornin. Reykjavik really is a small town (at its center), with a large amount of sprawl. In this, it reminds me more of a North American city than a European one. We found it easy to walk to a center of restaurants and found the restaurant Gandhi - amazing Indian food. We also located the closest grocery store. Believe it or not, I lost my raincoat in the Iceland airport as we disembarked (it was attached to a carabiner, and packaged up in its pocket - it came detached). We arrived in blindingly horizontal rain, wind that could pick up a small child and move him, and cold temperatures (... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 1st 2014

Since the weather has turned so bad we had a full day of no real activity in Reykjavik. We were still recovering from the hike and drying all our gear but unfortunately we could not extend our checkout time at the hostel. So we made since Upma for breakfast and then started packing. Finished just in nick of time and checked out at 11:00. Now the big question is what to do. There were some museums that I wanted to see. We had not really seen Reykjavik. First order of business was finding lunch. We started walking around and spotted cafe Glo. It seemed quite popular and one of those organic vegetarian sort of places. We wanted to try it out. We ordered a tex-mex soup with salads and a raw Thai curry. Everything was really ... read more
Gio cafe

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