John McCalla

John M

John McCalla


Former TravelPod Member: john.mccalla.33

Joined: August 23rd, 2012

From: lives in Richmond,United States
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Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Ísafjördur July 8th 2017

From Akureyri’s domestic airport (1 hr 10 min), we dropped off the rental car and Sarah, Sheila, and John flew west onurl=¤cy=EUR&tour=false&tourCode=&youths=0 Air Iceland at 5:00 pm, arriving in Isafjordur at 7:55 pm, with aerial views of Iceland's indented coastline and glacier-carved interior. Originally settled in the 9th century, Isafjordur became a trading post for foreign merchants in the 16th century and today is the main town in the remote Westfjords in far-northwest Iceland. The sheer isolation of this region has kept it well off the traditional tourist circuit. Sean and Mandy flew back to Reykjavi... read more

Europe » Iceland » North » Mývatn July 7th 2017

This morning we set out for a thrilling tour to url= Volcano in Super Jeeps (12-13 hours; $367/person). These large 4x4 vehicles have been modified with big tires and extra shock absorption to provide a more comfortable ride over offroad terrain, allowing us to penetrate deep into Iceland’s central highlands. First, we hiked in Drekagil (Dragon) Canyon, then explored the massive Askja Caldera, formed when the volcano erupted in 1875. Lake Askja, which fills part of the caldera, is one of the deepest lakes in Iceland at nearly 700 feet. The caldera contains several overlapping craters with active volcanoes beneath, including Viti, which warms a sulphuric blue-green crater lake—the more adventurous among our ranks may even opt for a dip in the tepid water!... read more

Europe » Iceland » North » Mývatn July 6th 2017

Departed early this morning for url=,-16.2711969,9z/data=!4m21!1m15!4m14!1m6!1m2!1s0x48cd9c44953c07dd:0xcde4cb0dbf732a88!2sLake+Myvatn,+Iceland!2m2!1d-16.9961055!2d65.60386!1m6!1m2!1s0x48cc04800da89ed3:0x95bf416b2c7c7f54!2sEgilssta%C3%B0ir,+Iceland!2m2!1d-14.3948469!2d65.2668743!3m4!1s0x48cd9c44953c07dd:0xcde4cb0dbf732a88!8m2!3d65.60386!4d-16.9961055Lake Myvatn (2 hr 10 min from Egilsstadir), formed during a massive eruption 2,300 years ago. The region is still a site of geothermal activity, with fresh lava flows coming from the most recent eruption of Krafla volcano in 1984. One of the premier birdwatching areas in the world, Lake Myvatn’s marshes provide habitat for huge numbers of migratory birds during the summer. More than 115 species have been sighted at the lake, including 13 species of nesting ducks. Numerous... read more

Europe » Iceland » East » Egilsstadir July 5th 2017

Located on a peninsula in southeast Iceland, url=,+Iceland/@64.2538507,-15.2222918,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48cfac585a9c079f:0xb0ee81c829dbe0ed!8m2!3d64.2497026!4d-15.2020076Hofn means “harbor,” and this small fishing port is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Rounding Iceland’s southeast side, we traveled along the Eastfjords today, a little-visited region of forests, farms, scenic coastline and picturesque fishing villages, backdropped by snowcapped mountains. In the town of url=,+Iceland/@64.6562726,-14.2974351,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48cec38f02292149:0x3b5e271b6c5b9d8b!8m2!3d64.656888!4d-14.2900509Djupivogur (1 hr 22 min from Hofn), we stopped to admire the Eggs of Merry Bay, one of Iceland’s most unusual sculptures. Created in 2009 by Icelandic art... read more

Europe » Iceland » South » Hella July 4th 2017

Drove to the url=,-19.5135328,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48d73b9c99ea5019:0xd3774676fcda8b91!8m2!3d63.5314751!4d-19.5113441Skogafoss Waterfall (1 hr 55 min from Reykjavik),url=,-19.1510622,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x2725ca255462e772!8m2!3d63.4022069!4d-19.1307163Dyrhólaey Arch lighthouse (30 min from Skogafoss) the black sand beaches at url=,-19.1495639,12z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sReynisfjara+Beach!3m4!1s0x0:0xe07954a3f4b36bd5!8m2!3d63.4057421!4d-19.0716219Reynisfjara Beach (23 min from the lighthouse), and on to url=,-18.1740046,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48d0e5f0594291dd:0xa420ecc1716... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest July 3rd 2017

We arrived in Reykjavik at 9:10 am, picked up the rental car, and met up with Sean and Mandy. We headed out to the small town of url=,+Iceland/@63.8359275,-21.6102791,9z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x48d65bf31bd245c1:0x82b36e7d7bf7bda5!8m2!3d63.837781!4d-21.0594572Stokkseyri, and then headed to the Golden Circle Route on the way to url=,-20.1235414,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48d6a574b2fc6401:0x80847fefde7e1962!8m2!3d64.3273726!4d-20.1213527Gullfoss (1 hr from Fakasel) and url=,-20.8598452,9z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x48d6a39942556af3:0x351893d2f72be313!8m2!3d64.3138792!4d-20.2995425Geysir. Then, on to Thingvellir National Park (1 hr from Geysir). Highlights of the park included the cracks or rifts in the la... read more

Geo: 41.4969, -71.3678What a difference a day makes. Today was sunny and 71 degrees. We went ashore near Jamestown and explored the island before heading across the harbor to Goat Island.... read more
Jamestown Mill
Jamestown Mill
Jeff keeps his nose to the grindstone

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Bristol May 15th 2017

Geo: 41.675, -71.2711After two days of solid rain, temperatures in the upper 40s, and winds gusting to 35 knots, the skies started to clear. We left Bristol in early afternoon and headed towards Newport.... read more
Bristol Marine
J22 regatta in the harbour

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis April 5th 2017

Geo: 12.568, -70.0217Today we rented 4 wheel drive buggies and explored the uninhabited side of Aruba. Great time!... read more
Alan and Ellen Banditos
The buggies
Along the shore

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis April 4th 2017

Geo: 12.568, -70.0217... read more
Leeward beaches

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