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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Selfoss March 7th 2011

This was our last day on this unique island, dropped in the north Atlantic, straddling two enormous continental plates. Most of what happens here is linked to the earth's geology, and that gives it a striking beauty incomparable with the rest of Europe. We thought we'd make the most of it. After our second wonderful breakfast at Ranga, we were ready for a full day ahead. We decided to retreat a little east at first and try the road to Porsmork. We were not entirely sure what we were going to get and set off down the straightforward deviation from the main road, past yet another waterfall and headed inland. As we progressed, the quality of the road deteriorated until after about 20-30 minutes, we were being thrown around in our 4x4 by uneven, icy, snow ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Fludir March 2nd 2011

We awoke in good time knowing that the road we were going to attempt today defeated us as darkness fell yesterday evening. We skipped breakfast, left our hotel and headed out as soon as possible, as we were determined to make more progress today. Oddly, with just one day spent in Iceland, we talked about how precious our time was here. Once we were back in the car, we felt confident that the road up to Gulfoss waterfalls was going to be easier going. Indeed it was for the most part, although the majority was spent bumping along over snow and ice with our eyes on look out for where the edge of the road was. A couple of miles from Gulfoss, we realised a truth that would come about later in the trip: we shouldn't ... read more
Sulphur pool
Impressed at Strokkur
Strokkur

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjanesbær February 20th 2011

Iceland was on my “Bucket List” up until October of 2010 when Mark and I, decided to make the journey. The main aim was to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and bath in the Blue Lagoon. Since we were meeting some Travbuddy friends in Reykjavik, we decided to join them on the Golden Circle Tour. The tour includes a total of 5 stops including 2 geothermal power plants. Hellisheidi Geothermal Power plant was our last stop on the Golden Circle Tour. Located in South West Iceland, the power plant is a combined heat and power generator. It sits on one of the largest wet geothermal systems also known as high-enthalpy in Iceland. The purpose of the plant is to meet the increasing demand for electricity and hot water for space heating for the Icelandic people. ... read more
Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant
Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant
Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Haukadalur February 20th 2011

Gullfoss, referred to as Golden Falls is perhaps the most famous waterfall in Iceland because of its size, volume and accessibility.  The Hvita River, coming off the Langjökull Glacier, falls 32 meters into a deep canyon that is hidden by a wall of mist.  The power of the falls is incredible, yet it is not the most powerful waterfall in Iceland, or even all of Europe – that would be Dettifoss.  The volume of water that spills over Gullfoss is 80-140 cubic meters/second. The sun shown on the day of our tour and dimmed right about the time we were arriving at Gullfoss, nonetheless, we caught two incredibly beautiful rainbows, providing an unparalleled spectacle of color and motion. I was as excited as a child gets when they see candy. The might of the falls could be ... read more
Gullfoss Waterfalls
Gullfoss Waterfalls
Gullfoss Waterfalls

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 15th 2011

Iceland 2/02/2011 to 6/02/2011. The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik sits at about 64 degrees north of the equator, not far from the arctic circle. For a place so far north, the climate is fairly mild due to a warm ocean current that passes by the island. As a result, there is usually not that much snow over winter, in the capital city anyway. But wouldnt you know it, it was snowing when we arrived in Iceland and did so for the whole first night. We walked into town from our hotel and had a burger and a couple of beers. The local brew is called Viking which isnt too bad. The next day, the ground was white with snow and the sun was out so we headed up to the Blue Lagoon for a swim in ... read more
Blue lagoon
Blue lagoon
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 14th 2011

Dear Friends and Family, Ann and I had a fabulous time visiting Iceland. We drove down to Seattle on Feb 8 and managed to find our parking company which was about 5 kms from the airport. We had an empty flight so managed to sprawl out. We lost 8 hours due to the time difference and arrived at 7am the next day to a white wonderland at Keflavik Airport. We caught a bus into Reykjavik, which dropped us right at our hotel. The sun was just starting to rise around 9:30am when we headed out for the day. We walked up a small hill to see the Pearlan. It consists for six decommissioned water tanks that have been upgraded into the Saga Museum, a look out and restaurant. We could see all of Reykjavik and out ... read more
34 Reykjavik Harbour
05 Hallgrimskirkja Church
08 Richard feeding the ducks at City Hall

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 4th 2011

After such a flat out day yesterday, today, our last day in beautiful Iceland was going to be one of relaxation. We repacked our gear and had breakfast before checking out of our hotel. It wasn’t long before our lift to the Blue Lagoon was here to pick us up and after a short drive we arrived at the famous Blue Lagoon. The walk to the entrance was quite picturesque in itself, with mounds of snow covered rocks either side of the path lying beside crystal clear water, coloured an incredible bright blue. It was quite expensive to get in, but despite this Hannah and I still considered the executive option but we cleverly decided against it. We got changed and met downstairs near the entrance of the lagoon itself. The beautiful bright blue coloured water ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 3rd 2011

The plan for today was to head out to the South Coast of Iceland towards the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, to get a good close look at the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano that recently erupted. That was the plan, and after throwing on layer over layer and eating breakfast downstairs our tour guide from Volcano Tours arrived in his large 4x4 jeep. The majority of the morning was driving, I didn’t realise it was so far away and apart from a very short stop at a greenhouse to see banana trees with no banana’s we didn’t leave the car. Eventually we stopped at a small roadside café where we had lunch. Our tour guide recommended trying some traditional horse meat, however Hannah and I decided against that and went for hot chips and a sandwich instead. I ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 2nd 2011

We woke up this morning to find the city covered in snow, apparently it was the first real snowfall of the season in Reykjavik. Today we planned to spend the day exploring snow covered Reykjavik and after getting ready and having breakfast we left the hotel. As we headed down the street in the distance we could see huge mountains covered in snow, it was unexpected, especially since we had walked this way a few times now but only at night. We headed towards the shoreline which had beautiful views of the mountains overlooking Reykjavik. There were hopes of a Northern Lights tour tonight, in the distance was a large break in clouds and the sun was shining on the mountains, I was remaining optimistic. We walked along the shoreline until we came to a sculpture ... read more
Reykjavik
Reykjavik
Reykjavik

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík January 31st 2011

31/01/2011 - Iceland seemed to be the place that everyone really wants to go to but for whatever reason isn’t often considered when planning a holiday. We chose to visit during winter to try catch the Northern Lights and timed our visit when the Moon was darkest to increase our chances. Although after constantly checking the weather forecast it was likely to be a very cloudy, very wet week in Iceland. So today we headed to Heathrow Airport to catch our 1PM Icelandic Air flight into Keflavik International Airport, not far from Reykjavik, in the South-West of Iceland. After a smooth flight we took a shuttle bus into Reykjavik which dropped us at our hotel, Hotel Reykjavik in the early evening. It was quite chilly so far however no-where near as cold as I thought it ... read more
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