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Europe » Iceland July 23rd 2013

-SP- 18 km en bici y 2 mas empujando, ya que el ultimo tramo es de carretera del interior islandesa, solo para todoterrenos. Al final he llegado a la cascada y ha sido un poco fiasco. No es muy grande y lo unico especial que tiene es que se ve un estrato de lava en columnas. Despues de haber estado ayer y los primeros km de hoy sufriendo el viento en contra, al menos me quedaba el consuelo de una bajada rápida. Pues no. Al mediodia ha cambiado el viento de sentido y he estado dando pedales para bajar a una velocidad de 12km/h o asi, una mierda. Luego carretera, ahi si ha ayudado el viento, y luego un camino de tierra muy majo, con la intencion de llegar a Grenivik y alli comprar algo para ... read more
The moon
A big bird
Lava colums

Europe » Iceland July 21st 2013

-SP- Hoy he salido tarde porque he estado tomando cafes con calma por la mañana. Luego salir del camping, cruzar el rio y casi inmeditamente empiezan los campos de lava. El primero grande que he visto es uno de lava espesa, avanza como um muro y esta lleno de aristas. Tipica lava del Etna, por ejemplo. Luego habia muchos otros de lava fluida, estos crean colinas y en la superficie se ven arrugas, al enfriarse el exterior mas rapido. He pillado muestras, a ver si el correo no es caro y puedo mandarlas a españa. Luego continuar hasta la cascada de Dettifoss y ver aquello. Es bastante alta pero no tiene muchisimo caudal. Luego vuelta a la carretera general, mas y mas campos de lava, y al final del todo, olor a huevos podridos, fumarolas de ... read more
Thick lava
fluid lava
Lava hills

Europe » Iceland July 21st 2013

-SP- Hoy he rodeado el lago Myvatn, que segun el holandes de la tienda de al lado, quiere decir lago de los mosquitos. Hay fotos de mi bici lubricada por mosquitos, y un video, en el que ese humillo que se ve flotando, son mosquitos en bandada, y hacen un ruidillo como electrico. Por el lago hay crateres provocados por erupciones de lava bajo el agua. De ahi subir y bajar un par de veces hasta el Godafoss, una cascada, llena de gente y no muy espectacular. Y de ahi he decidido ir hacia el Aldeyjarfoss, que es otra cascada, ya he recorrido 28km y me quedan para mañana 20km mas. Espero que merezca la pena, en total la cascada esta me va a suponer 100km más. Ademas es un camino de tierra un poco bacheado ... read more
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Craters
Godafoss

Europe » Iceland July 20th 2013

-SP- Los primeros km muy bien, solecito y viento a favor. Habia un mogollon de esos pajaritos marrones, y cuando coincide que hay unos cuantos se ponen a acosarte, supongo que tendran nidos por ahi. Uno o dos te vuelan alrededor y los otros les hacen los coros. Luego para arriba por un valle con viento fuerte en contra. Al final del todo, donde la gasolinera habia un camping-albergue que si llego a saber que habia hubiese sido perfecto para ayer. Finalmente salir del valle y meterme por una altiplano, todo liso y con las montañas al fondo, lo tipico, y viento a favor. Luego subir otro pequeño paso y bajar a la llanura de los volcanes, viento horrible en contra. Y de alli salir y con viento lateral hasta el camping. Lo de los volcanes ... read more
To the right
Iceland Horse
Wild big gans

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 20th 2013

Sitting at the Keflavik airport waiting for our flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia to depart in one hour. It feels good to leave Europe, and especially the grey and chilly weather, behind (hopefully at least). Today's forecast for Halifax was 27 degrees and sunny, and for tomorrow 24 degrees and sunny. Sounds pretty good after enduring temperatures around 10 degrees for few weeks already. It must be hard not to become depressed in climate where the peak of summer means +10-12 and grey skies. Ok, they do have the hot thermal pools to lay in for warmth, which we also did quite a few times during our time in Iceland. We spent three whole days in Reykjavik, and took it pretty easy. On the first day we rented a car to drive through the sights at ... read more
Reykjavik
Geysir
Geysir

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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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