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Europe » Iceland July 18th 2013

-SP- Esta mañana me he levantado a las 7 y a desayunar las galletas que me quedaban en cubierta. Esta vez he contado 6 gaviotas de polizones. En en puerto ha venido la oficial de inmigracion de islandia, te pregunta (1) De que pais eres, (2) Cuantas tiempo te quedas, (3) Segun las preguntas 1 y 2, te pregunta a ver a donde vas, y a mi me ha preguntado a ver si le puedo nombrar un par de cosas que quiero ver en islandia. Es el trivial de la frontera. He conseguido cash local y algo de informacion, he comprado pan y queso, y en marcha. Para empezar el edia me ha tocado subir un puerto de montaña bien majo, arriba habia un lago congelado, al pasar el lago se ha disipado la niebla y ... read more
Flying low
Flying by
The port

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri July 16th 2013

After a long and tiring trip from Torshavn, first by ferry from Tórshavn to Seyðisfjörður and then with busses from Seyðisfjörður to Akureyri, we were exhausted. We had managed to sleep only a few hours in the couchettes we had in the ferry, although we booked this trip already in April these were the only places left on the ferry. Our first evening in Akureyri we therefore only did some research on what to see, made dinner and went to sleep early. The next morning we were still really tired, and as there was rainy weather promised for all of the day we decided to explore Akureyri. Our hostel, a nice experience called Akureyri Backpacker, is in the middle of Akureyri so we just walked around from there and looked at the city. The city is ... read more
Akureyri
Akureyri
Akureyri

Europe » Iceland June 24th 2013

2nd road trip in 2 weeks. Next up, we headed to Iceland where we were treated to another round of pristine natural attractions. Out of the world landscapes, out of our most fertile imaginations. The unearthly sights in this land of fire and ice were too amazing not to be shared and below are the 10 favourite memories/places from our trip into this unique island. 1. We were glad we came during summer, where we witnessed the 'midnight sun' in the capital Reykjavik. The clear skies never looked like dimming as the sun continued to hover over the horizon. It was past 12am when we headed to the port to catch the sunset. It was surreal, as we could see the fiery red orb on one end of the sky and the luminous bright moon on ... read more
Pingvellir national park
With the rainbows at Seljalandsfoss
Dyrholaey

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Selfoss June 13th 2013

Today was our last in this beautiful city of Reykjavik. We were up and eating breakfast by 7:30. The Guesthouse is run by Etta and her husband, the communist. Etta was our guide for the Golden Circle and she makes a-killer rhubarb crisp. Today was the arctic rafting trip. We had a 90 minute drive to the outfitter for our frigid excursion. We slept most of the way and learned just how cold this was going to be. They gave us wet suits (pre wet for us), booties, nasty fleece jackets and a water-proof jacket to cover everything. Watching everyone cram into the wetsuits was quite humorous. We got our helmets and paddles and we were off with our guide from Nepal, Lama. Fortunately as happened on our snowmobile tour, we were the only ones on ... read more
Preparing for the Plunge
Kirsten Takes the plunge
Kirsten trying to get feeling back in her body

Europe » Iceland » South » Vík June 12th 2013

This was the last day of our South Ring road trip. We were up and ready for breakfast by 8 am as we had another long day of traveling ahead of us back to Reykjavik. Stephan was an excellent guide and we were looking forward to hearing more Icelandic stories. Or so we thought. Let’s just say that by the end of the day it seemed like he was reaching for things to say and his so called sagas were dragging on and were not that interesting. We first started out going back to Glacier Lagoon. If it wasn’t too cold or if the weather was nice we were going to take a trip on the boat through the lagoon. How funny is that, if the weather is nice; what we were thinking? We are in ... read more
Iceburg
Colors of Blue Lagoon
Some cool formations on the beach

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Europe » Iceland » South » Hella June 11th 2013

So today we left Reykjavik to head down the southern coast with our bike tour guide, Stephan. He picked us up from the Hilton around 9:30 for our 2 day adventure. We were actually glad to be leaving the Hilton as this was not your typical, high end Hilton. Our power went out 3 times in the 3 days we stayed there. Judy was able to finagle a free trip to the spa and hot tub, a $50 value. The hot tub was no hot tub time machine, it was a mold machine. It was hot, but definitely not worth the price if she really had to pay for it. We also were able to procure 4 free drinks out of the Hilton for losing power. We tried for dinner but only got the drinks. At ... read more
Beautiful waterfall we walked under
view from underneath
veiw from behind

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík June 10th 2013

In April 2012 my friend Jason and I took a trip to Scandinavia (see "The Great Scandinavian Adventure"). Amazingly enough we found a flight to Stockholm for $578 on Iceland Air. We just had to change planes in Reykjavik. Not a big deal for a flight that cheap to Europe. While we were on the flights we watched Borat like three times each. But we also watched some videos about Iceland tourism that the airline had made. And you know what? Those videos worked. Iceland looked frikin' awesome. By the time we were back from Scandinavia we had already decided that we had to go to Iceland. And being so close to the US, we could manage to just go for a weekend and not have to make a huge trip out of it. From DC ... read more
Seltun Springs
Posing with the Geothermal Springs
Chilling in the Blue Lagoon

Europe » Iceland » South » Hvolsvollur June 10th 2013

The day started not too early for everyone but who can tell since it never gets dark. It is very weird. We met our private guide Edda at the hotel around 9AM to start our drive of the Golden Circle. This is a drive about 150 KM long around the geothermal and geological areas of interest in Iceland near Reykjavik. Gene was our driver while Judy was the designated backseat driver. Which was ironic because she had never even seen a map of the area, but kept telling Gene where to go and how to drive. We started with a quick stop at the world’s largest geothermal power plant so Kirsten could get her geek on. Chester was bored, but it only took about 30 minutes so she had to deal with it. The natural hot ... read more
The Small Falls
The Original Geysor
The Golden Falls

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík June 9th 2013

Our first night in Iceland and it does not get dark, at all. It’s very weird to see the crack between the curtains and it is totally light outside. Before we went to bed last night, Kirsten was messing with the lights and were flashing them off and on, and then she plugged in her phone for the night and then . . . wait for it . . . she blew the fuse in the room. No biggie, but funny none the less. Chester had taken her favorite little helper, popped in her ear plugs and slipped on the eye mask and was out! Seriously out for the night. Kirsten thought she was going to be out for the night, until there came a pounding on our hotel door. Yes, Gene and Judy finally made ... read more
Kirsten
Judy on 2 wheels
Tulips in front of Parliment Building

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík June 8th 2013

Day 1- Well it has been quite an eventful trip for 2 of us so far. Everyone was to converge on Denver to fly directly to Reykjavik on a 5:15 flight and arrive in Iceland at 6:30 am. Kirsten and Chester made it no problem to Denver. Kirsten's flight from Houston was uneventful, except for the screaming child sitting next to her on the flight, and Chester only had a 20 minute drive to the airport for once. Gene and Judy, Kirsten's parents, were to arrive in Denver around 2:30, with plenty of time to make the connection. Suck it Frontier. The Omaha flight was delayed over 6 hours for mechanical reasons. So during her layover, Kirsten spent lots of money to change and find new flights so her parents can make the trip. Gene and ... read more
The Grotto
Silica Mud Mask
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