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Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri September 30th 2022

FRI, 30 SEP 2022 – Day 5: Lake Myvatn/Akureyri - Set off for magnificent Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall at 100-metres wide and with a 45-metre drop into the craggy shores of Jokulsargljufur canyon below. It’s so powerful that it’s vibrations can be felt underfoot. Continue to volcanic Lake Myvatn. Next is Namaskard, where steam rises from the sulphuric terrain and it’s hard to believe you’re on Earth and not Mars. Take a walk around the lava stacks and caves of Dimmuborgir and then observe the massive pseudo craters of Skutustadir. Continue to the crescent shaped Godafoss waterfall, where legend says a lawmaker priest threw the idols of the Norse gods when Christianity became Iceland’s official religion in AD1000. Travel on to Akureyri and settle into your accommodation for the evening. Total driving distance - approximately 250 ... read more
Out and About in Iceland
Out and About in Iceland
Námafjall Geothermal Area, Iceland

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri August 17th 2022

Dear All Greetings once more from my Nordic travels this summer. I am very much settled back in the UK now, but I am continuing to publish my blog entries after an epic summer adventure in northern lands. This entry relates my further adventures in northern Iceland, after having already seen a blue whale, mind-blowing rock formations and volcanic lunar-like landscapes. It was pretty amazing so far, and it continued to be. I was particularly excited waking up this Tuesday morning in the middle of August, as my driving was to take me to the city of Akureyri (pronounced "Aku-weh-ree"), Iceland's second largest. It had been a while since I was in a large urban area - Torshavn back on the Faroe Islands was probably my most recent sizeable one a week earlier, but at 13,000 ... read more
Akureyri and the Eyjafjörður Fjord
Rainbow, Goðafoss Waterfall
Me, The True Arctic Circle

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri July 9th 2022

Last night we traveled through numerous mountain tunnels to gt to our hotel in Akureyri. This sophisticated and thriving city is called the "Second City" and is much warmer and drier than Reykjavik. We have definitely lucked out in the weather department on this trip. The first known settler was "Helgi the lean" who arrived here around year 890. We dined with others from our group, including Renee's new friend, Zack and his father John, at the Rub 23 and enjoyed some great sushi. We are getting use to having virtual daylight around the clock. Sunset has been around 11:30 pm and rising 2:30 am, but it really doesn't get dark with dusk and dawn. Today's main event is a whale watching tour in Dalvik in the longest fjord in Iceland, Eyjafjordur Fjord. We had to ... read more
Heart shaped Red Light
Akureyri Church
Rainbow sidewalk

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri July 8th 2022

Our day 4 was filled with stunning North Iceland highlights. First thing we did was stop at a most magnificent waterfall, Rjukandafoss. It was one of the loveliest waterfalls in all of Iceland. We drove from Egilsstadir through some very wild and remote landscape. There was an mostly barren, vegetation-less area where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin came to simulate walking on the moon before they actually did. We went to Modrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland at 469 meters (1,539 feet). This farm had a store and restaurant and it own little church built in 1949. Next we hiked to the magnificent Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe, at an awesome flow rate of 6,816 cubic feet per second. The river drops 144 feet through the rugged canyon. It actually rained ... read more
Rjukandafoss Waterfall
Moon Scape landscape
Moon Scape landscape

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri July 6th 2022

Last night was windy as hell but morning has broken to sunny skies and flat calm sea…well so far anyway! We have a very light breakfast of a couple of flat breads and tea/coffee. I want to set off early as I’m not sure of the exact loading time. I do know that it’s a very strict 9am ropes off! We decide to leave the van on the campsite as it’s only a 10 minute walk to the harbour. Probably more secure than a car park where everyone has gone off on a several hour boat trip! We arrive at 8.20am. Plenty of time the gang plank has not been opened yet and there’s a small group of folk waiting on the quayside. It’s 8.30am and we are on! Our names are ticked off on the ... read more
Grimsey harbour
Sun on the peaks
The old marker

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri July 5th 2022

We have woken up to strong sunshine and millpond calm weather. Of course it is…the ferry does not run on Tuesdays! We are staying one more day and hope the weather holds. The forecast for tomorrow is good, but that can change in the space of five minutes here! So what to do today? I’ve scanned the map and Dalvik us a tiny village so really not a lot? As always in Iceland, there is a nice big swimming pool with hot tubs and water slides so that will definitely be on the agenda. Perhaps we’ll do a side trip back to Akureyri too. I was going to have a go at driving today but yesterdays near miss has made me very nervous. :-( With time on our hands we can cook up some bacon and ... read more
Toy museum
Nonni’s books
David’s library

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri July 4th 2022

Today was earmarked to take the ferry across to Grimsey Island. It has stopped raining but the wind is still pretty wild. It’s a real nuisance to have to delay the trip as there is no ferry tomorrow but we have been on enough dive boats to know that if the bay is rough, the open sea is going to be horrendous. Apparently the ferry always leaves whatever the weather. It’s three hours there and three hours back. We decide to delay! So what to do now? We decide to follow the scenic route around the coast and see what happens. The scenery is very nice and we can see the ferry making its way through the inlet - it’s almost at the point of open sea, but not quite. It does look like it’s quite ... read more
Turf church
Hofsos infinity pool
Glaumber turf farm

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri July 3rd 2022

This morning our luck has changed and we wake to grey skies and mizzle. For once we are up reasonably early. The campsite is crammed and we are in our favoured spot in the corner…however it’s a bit tight extracting ourselves. Ian manages a several point turn and we are out. We don’t have too far to go today and there is only one real point of interest - another waterfall. We reach Godafoss Falls around 9.30am and it’s reasonably quiet. Fortunately the rain has eased off but we don full waterproofs anyway as the spray is bound to be fierce. Godafoss - the ‘waterfall of the gods’ is semicircular in shape and the ice blue glacial water which has travelled 48km from the highlands thunders over the 12m high edge creating upsurge mist and swirling ... read more
Godafoss Falls
Mountain pass
Godafoss Falls

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri June 1st 2022

Akureyri is the fifth largest city in Iceland and the largest outside the southwest capital region. It has regular domestic air service from Reykjavik and is considered teh capital of North Iceland. Hotel Kea was located right in the center of downtown. Diner was our first formal taste of Icelandic lamb. After dinner, Susan and I took a walk along the main street. Above the hotel was the Akureyrikirkja, the Lutheran church. Built in 1940, it is in the Functionalism style popular in Iceland at that time. Across the street was the Eymundsson bookstore. Icelanders love to read. (Our guide was well versed in Icelandic poetry and the sagas.) The bookstore had a large stock of titles in Icelandic, including children's books, may of which were translations of popular English-language children's books. There was a large ... read more
Bautinn Restaurant
Retail/Residential Building

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri May 18th 2022

Ajettiin Akureyriin. Pidettiin kaksi taukoa. Ajoin keskimmäisen osuuden. Loppumatkalla satoi. Yritin löytää harjapäätä sähköhammasharjaan yleiskaupasta, apteekista ja kahdesta elektroniikka elektroniikka-alan liikkeestä, ei onnistunut. Meillä oli tilava studio keskustassa. Käytiin syömässä ja oluella. Kävin vielä yksin kasvitieteellisessä puutarhassa. Satoi jonkin verran.... read more

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