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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 » North » Akureyri August 15th 2019

August 11, 2019 – Akureyri, Iceland – Weather: 39°F/4°C, heavy cloud cover all day, passing bands driving rain throughout the day, wind 40.3 mph, humidity 81°; Overnight the wind increased to 45 knots and the waves were running at 7 to 7.5 meters This area has been nicknamed “the Capital of North Iceland” and was originally settled in the 9thcentury and officially recognized as a city in 1562. Today Akureyri is a thriving port town with an economy largely based on its booming fishing industry, though tourism as in other parts of Iceland is slowly overtaking this position. Today our all-day tour encompassed visits to the Godafoss Waterfalls, the Lava Labyrinth & Hot Springs and included a stop for a hot lunch. After leaving the harbour area we drove along Iceland’s longest fiord, Eyjafjörður, which would ... read more
2_Godafoss Falls branch
3_Canyon walls
4_Skutustadir Craters

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri June 13th 2019

Hello again! Here is another chapter of my exciting 10-day trip to Iceland. I hope you have enjoyed these past few weeks and are ready for more adventures visiting this incredible country. Today, we will explore the incredible Lake Mývatn area, located in the northern part of the island. This location offers visitors a large number of unique experiences that could be found not too far apart from one another. Eye-catching landscapes similar to the moon surface are very common in this area. They are a result of the intense volcanic activity in the past. Now, it is easy to find pseudo craters like the ones in Skútustaðir and the famous Kálfastrandavogar lava pillars. You will instantly see a contrast between this somehow bleak area and the green scenery spread by the lake. Nature has found ... read more
Dimmuborgir
Hverfell
Krafla

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri January 1st 2019

Happy New Year everyone! Ok. So. Last night was fabulous. The walk up to the bonfire was way better than anticipated - the sidewalk, thankfully, was cleared most of the way. Clearly priorities were in check haha. About 20min into the walk I ended up being adopted into an Icelandic family lol. I don't know if people feel bad I'm alone or if I look lost half the time, but I find that I'm often adopted by groups haha. Fine by me! We cut through this park and there we were - not that you could miss it - the glow can be seen from quite far away! It was smaller than the one in Reykjavik last year, but I much preferred this one because you could tell it was local and not just a show. ... read more
Akureyri waterfront
Fireworks
Hello bonfire!

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri December 31st 2018

Short and sweet one today: I can't stop laughing every time I look outside - we got a dumping of snow... like... this morning roads were essentially closed and you couldn't get in or out of town level of dumping of snow. I love it. This morning (while it was still coming down, HARD) I got dressed and went on a winter wonderland exploration walk... which was basically me shuffling through ~20-25cm of snow at that point, none of which was cleared. I'm still laughing about it. All in all apparently we got around ~35cm. It was pretty gusty most of the day though, so you'd be walking and sometimes you'd have like 2cm to get through and other times it was up over my boots. It was fun to do some exploring but I only ... read more
Christmas tree looking good covered in snow
No more mountains in this visibility
Bush covered in snow

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri December 29th 2018

Doesn't matter where I go, people always ask me directions lol. The domestic airport in Reykjavik is super tiny - it's like less than 10 flights a day, and I had 2 different people ask me where the gates are and how to know when to board. I told them were the gate area is, but that generally people wait in this other area because there are more seats. One girl asked: "But how do I know which gate? I don't want to get on the wrong flight!" - There is literally only one flight haha. You good. When they board (10min before departure) you literally walk out onto the tarmac. I love tiny airports, so much less stress and drama. Flight was short - 40min hop over the highlands. Too bad it was dark, I ... read more
Looking down towards the airport
Santa chilling on some steps
Christmas tree

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri September 25th 2018

Cette nuit non prévue à l'hôtel KEA d'Akureyri nous a fait du bien à tous... Après un bon dîner tout à côté de l'hôtel où chacun s'offrait le plat de son choix, les amitiés se sont encore forgées un peu plus... on commence à sentir que la fin du voyage approche et on pense tout doucement à s'échanger les adresses mails.... Aujourd'hui nous commencerons tout doucement à nous diriger vers l'Est puis redescendre direction Rykjavik mais heureusement il y a encore pas mal de belles choses à faire avant d'y arriver. Nous traverserons des terres agricoles, des rivières glaciaires et un fjord scénique. Mais avant tout cela Andris nous fait visiter le jardin botanique d'Akureyri. C'est le jardin botanique situé le plus au Nord au monde ! Il est temps de parler de la deuxième plus ... read more
quittons l'hôtel et son parking voisin
art de rue

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri September 24th 2018

Les paysages sont intenses... il faut donc deux blogs par journée d'excursion.... Nous arrivons alors après être passés par le lac de Myvatn au col de Namaskard. Námaskarð, toponyme islandais signifiant littéralement en français « col de la mine », est un petit col d'Islande franchissant la Námafjall. Situé à l'est du Mývatn, au sud-sud-ouest de la caldeira du Krafla et juste au nor... read more
magie de la terre

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri August 14th 2018

I’m up early again, working on the blog ahead of the alarm that we’ve set. Things aren’t looking all that good outside, and I think that we are both concerned about being able to get into the harbor for tendering today. We head up to the Lido and grab our typical “Tour Day” breakfast. After four weeks on board the Rotterdam we seem to be hitting our stride. Maybe a 2020 World Tour isn’t such a far-fetched idea after all. The fog horn blared. As we eat pool side we begin to notice some small breaks in the fog, and then some daylight above, and before we were done eating we could see Akureyri, and we had arrived. There were a ton of people waiting to go on the “Jewels of Iceland” tour. Probably many tons ... read more
John at Godafoss
Lake Myvan
Lake Myvan

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri August 6th 2018

This morning the ship docked in Akureyri at 7am and I needed to be ready to head off on my tour, Taste of Akureyri, at 8am so I ordered breakfast to be delivered to my room whilst I got ready. Today we disembarked onto a dock, which was something new! It was cold and raining in Akureyri but we were quickly moved onto our bus for the tour. Our guide was a local person and was very knowledgeable but also hilarious! As we drove along the Fjord he explained to us what life was like living in Iceland and in particular, this very northwestern part of the island. We stopped off at a village that was at the end of the fjord so that we could take photos looking back towards Akureyri. Stunning! We then drive ... read more
On our way to Hrisy Island
Loading us all onto the wagon that is towed by the tractor!
The church on Hrisey




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