Sue Pease

Soupys Travel

Sue Pease

The blog name is a play on words - my name. Also, when I lived on Martha's Vineyard in the 70's I lived with a family. The 3-year old used to call me "soup", so I came up with Soupy's Travels.

I love to travel, both domestically & internationally. Blogging is new to me, and I hope this is a good forum to share my travel stories with you.




Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 31st 2019

Our trip ends today. We continue traveling around the Ring Road back to Reykjavik with some interesting stops along the way. Technically we are in West Iceland traveling back to Southwest Iceland. First stop is Grabrok, a volcano with a nice crater that has a walk up it. Grábrók is a 170 url=https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=is&sp=nmt4&u=https://is.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metri&xid=17259,15700023,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259,15700262,15700265&usg=ALkJrhimUkAmjsiueQulJAzKYBtqC8nSqQmeter high url=https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=is&sp=nmt4&u=https://is.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gjallg%25C3%25ADgur&xid=17259,15700023,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259,15700262,15700265&usg=ALkJrhiIsFdLOGEISLvlri_46ck1NzLtfwcrater that ... read more
Hiking around the rim
Nearby crater
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Europe » Iceland » North August 30th 2019

Before I get to today's activities, I would like to give information about the Ring Road. From Wikipedia: Route 1 or the Ring Road (Icelandic: Þjóðvegur 1 or Hringvegur) is a national road in Iceland that runs around the island and connects most of the inhabited parts of the country. The total length of the road is 1,332 kilometres (828 mi). Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland, such as the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Dyrhólae... read more
Here we go!
That's it - that's the whale we spotted.
Nearby waterfalls.

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri August 29th 2019

Now we are in North Iceland and our weather is acceptable - sporatic rain but not clear either. We left Egilsstair and traveled the Highlands to an isolated farm. The man who lives here was so far away from a church that he built his own church. He has turned his farm into accommodations, camping, cafe, gift shop, and a cute tourist stop. Sindri, our guide, said there was an arctic fox and he could call him from his burrow, because Sindri speaks fox saying he learned from a girlfriend who was foxy (Sindri is quite the jokester). Sure enough, Sindri called him and a young arctic fox comes out of the burrow where he sleeps. From here we went to Dettifoss. From Wikipedia: Dettifoss is a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast url=https://en... read more
Mrudalur farm
Church at Mrudalur farm.
Inside the church.

Europe » Iceland August 28th 2019

Today we continued driving around the Ring Road. We are traveling the East Fjords, and there are plenty of them. Sindri, our guide, had a surprise for us this morning. He took us to Stokksnes. From Wikipedia: Stokksnes is a headland on the southeastern Icelandic coast, near Hofn and Hornafjördur. Stokksnes is located south to the mountain Kastarárfjall, where the dent Vestarahorn was featured in the Bollywood film Dilwale.url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wi... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn August 28th 2019

We're moving around the island in a counterclockwise direction, so we are at the south part of the island. The storms hit from the south and the wind picks up alot of moisture. As the air rises over the mountains it drop the precipitation as snow which is why the largest glaciers are on the south side of the island. Then volcanoes erupt and push through the glaciers which causes massive floods. We drove by massive lava fields; some had moss all over them and some looked like they happened yesterday. We also went by areas that massive glacier floods had brought tons of debris, boulders, and ice. The shoreline was actually pushed out by debris from glacier outflow. From GuidetoIceland website: "The vast Eldhraun lava field (“Fire Lava“), in the south of the Icelandic highlands, ... read more
Tundra plants
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Waterfall near entrance to park.

Europe » Iceland » South » Vík August 26th 2019

We had alot to do today - and all of it in cold, windy, driving rain. After all the participants of the tour with Arctic Adventures were picked up, we were on our way. Our guide is Sindri, and he is the driver and guide for this trip. He is a wealth of information and he talks the whole time he is driving through this horrible rain. My cousin said all the photos are not coming through. I don't know why, maybe the wi-fi connection? Sorry about that. I killed you with iceberg photos, now I'm going to kill you with waterfall photos. First stop: Thingvellir. From Wikipedia: Þingvellir (Icelandic: (img=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wi... read more
Thingvellie area
A fault
Fault you can walk through.

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 25th 2019

When I packed clothing for this trip I figured I needed the warm clothing and rain gear for Greenland. Wow was I wrong. It rained once in Greenland, and drizzled another day. It was cold only near the glaciers and icebergs. The rest of the time the weather was great. Yesterday was a good day in Reykjavik, but I knew the rain was coming, but I didn't know it would be this bad. It's cold, very windy, and raining sideways. Today I transferred from my AirBnB to Hotel Orkin. Luckily I was able to walk there before the rain hit, about a 20 minute walk. I put my luggage in storage, rested awhile, then figured out how to take the public bus to Perlan. It was actually quite easy and the bus drivers were very helpful ... read more
Photos from exhibits
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 24th 2019

Yes, you read that correctly - today I went to the penis museum. If you are offended by photos of penises, don't look at the pictures for this entry. I slept in today because I knew I would be doing alot of walking. My AirBnB is a little east of the city center, but not too far so I decided to walk. I went along the waterfront where a marathon and half-marathon was taking place. I could hear music blaring from somewhere closer to the city center. Today is Culture Day, and there are bands and music all over the city. Some museums are free today, and there is food and food trucks everywhere. Tons of people out walking around, dancing in the square, and kids having mock battles. I went to the Phallus Museum out ... read more
Robert Service poem about walrus penis
Ancient viagra
Lots of penises

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 23rd 2019

Today our Greenland tour is over. The last 2 weeks have been fun, adventurous, surprising, vigorous, educational, and wonderful. Our small group of 5 plus our leader Jan started out in really small village, visited the Erik the Red settlement, then went to larger villages, hiked in 70 mph wind, took an alternative boat trip to Quarqatog due to the wind, visited a tannery, got on a ferry to Nuuk, had a rainy day in Nuuk, got on a flight to Ilulisat and this is when things got really awesome. We got on another boat to Eqi Glacier camp where we stayed for 2 nights, then took the boat back to Ilulissat. The next day we saw massive icebergs that calve from the most active glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. We had a sunset boat trip ... read more
Showing the retreating front of the glacier
Photo of the icebergs coming down the fjord
Ilulissat and the icebergs in the fjord.

North America » Greenland » West Greenland » Ilulissat August 22nd 2019

Today Jan gave us a walking tour of Ilulissat. It drizzled for awhile but stopped after about an hour. First we went to the harbor. Ilulissat exports supposedly 75% of the world's market for shrimp. They also hunt whales here, but tourism seems to be a large industry. Temperature today low to mid 40's. From Wikipedia: Ilulissat, formerly Jakobshavn or Jacobshaven, is the municipal seat and largest town of the Avannaata municipality in western Greenland, located approximately 350 km (220 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. With the ... read more
Notice harpoon gun
Walk to Open Air Museum
Sledges




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