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Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes December 30th 2018

What a day! I have truly loved Iceland, but the darkness is something that I would have to get used to. By the time I had packed my room, had a lovely breakfast and checked out, it was around 9:30. It was pitch black dark, cold and really windy. I headed out of town after refuelling and hoping that I wasn't going to have to cross the mountains... WRONG! The GPS took me left where I was hoping not to go... The wind had not stopped and as I started to climb the mountains the snow started; slowly at first and then heavier. By the time I was 10 klms into the journey, the road was already covered with snow. There were a few cars on the road so I tried to keep in their tyre ... read more
Ice cave at the Perlan
Scary Ice Monster
Planetarium lights

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes October 1st 2018

It was the May, 2018, VirtualTourist Euromeet which brought us back to Iceland thirty-five years after our first visit to this spectacular country in the North Atlantic Ocean. Unlike our first visit when we spent only a night or two thanks to Icelandair’s free stop over option, our time this visit lasted almost a week long though it was mostly confined to south Iceland. We had already been in country 4 days and with the official Euromeet activities over, some attendees like ourselves who were staying in country a bit longer decided to book a day trip to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with Tröll Expeditions. Starting with an 8 am pickup, our much too compact minibus departed the cloudy environs of Reykjavik for a northwesterly route where as the skies became brighter, so did our mood. This ... read more
Gerðuberg Basalt Columns Cliffs
Ölkelda Carbonated Spring Water
Ytri Tunga Seal Colony

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes September 3rd 2018

Snæfellsnes er vores første destination på fototuren til Island. Om aftenen som vi ankom skulle det blive klart vej, så det var muligt at tage ud og se nordlys. Efter at have stået der i noget tid og var vi begyndt at blive kolde og begyndt at pakke sammen. Så lige pludselig væltede nordlyset frem. Vi fik meget travlt med at pakke kameraerne ud igen. Vi nåede nogle billeder inden det blev svagt igen. På vejen hjem til byen kunne vi se nordlyset ude over fjorden med byen i baggrunden. Næste dag så vejret lidt grumset ud, men skiftede på en sådan måde at det gav nogle meget dramtiske himler, hvor det en gang i mellem regnede let og andre gang var det solskin. Målet for dagen var at fotografere Kirkjufell som er et meget ikonisk ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes August 9th 2018

Leaving Stockholm for Reykjavik the temperature was 29 degrees C at noon. On arrival on Icelandic Air it was13 degrees - which was actually the continuation of the European heat wave, Iceland style. All things are relative. Our plan is to travel around Iceland for 3 weeks before returning to the Netherlands and then on to France. We had considered taking a tour, thought about using guides in some places, staying in hotels, hiring a car and running around the Ring Road that is all nicely sealed. In the end we reverted to type and opted for the hire of 4WD with a camper back that would allow us to take some roads that are not widely travelled, could be a little more challenging and that apparently provide access to some of the most spectacular scenery ... read more
Outer Reykjavik
Borganes Area

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes August 4th 2018

Rano se ukazalo, ze i Island vi, ze se nam blizi konec dovolene. Bylo nadherne, azuro, modro, bez mracku a skoro az neprijemne teplo. Rano jsme vylezli na kopec nad kempem. Před 14 dny bychom byli nadseni, dneska to uz bylo jen takove to nemastne neslane „blah“. Ale mohli jsme si odškrtnout dnesni policko v Modrem zivote, ze jsme měli nejaky pohyb. Po navratu jsme vlezli do mistniho bazenu a poradne se odmocili. Pak jsme snedli citronovy chlebíček k obedu (mnam) a vyrazili na cestu. Nejdriv jsme si jeli zajistit splneni nasich 3 prani. Mají tu kopecek Helgafellssveit, u kterého je pohrbena Guðrún (znate z včerejšího dne) a když vyjdete od jejího nahrobku az nahoru na kopec, neotocite se a nepromluvite, tak se vam urcite splni 3 prani. Uprimne, je to trochu prehnana inflace splenych prani, ... read more
Kostel
Mistni ledovec
Plaz

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes July 8th 2018

Snaefellsnes is a peninsula near Reykjavik that they describe as a "mini-Iceland", having small versions of the wide range of the island's various features in one place. I think the weather (24 hour grey most days) was really starting to get to me at this point and it rained fairly consistently both of the days I was here, so I'm not sure I experienced it's full potential...but it did have quite a range packed into a fairly small space. One night I woke up around midnight, the clouds were gone, and there was a beautiful sunset (or sunrise?) which was quite a nice surprise (the rain was back by morning though...if I didn't have pictures I'd swear I dreamed it).... read more
Random steaming hillside
Snaefellsnes
Volcano hiding in the clouds

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes October 22nd 2017

Up early for porridge and to pack up the car. We had discovered yesterday that the boot lock is a bit temperamental and takes a fair bit of slamming to shut which we felt rather guilty for doing on a quiet Sunday morning! We also discovered Chavaunnes spare water bottle which she'd left in the car now had a mangled lid. I later found a chewed muffin paper case so we must have had a mouse in the car overnight which liked chocolate muffins and water! We then headed to Helgafell where we climbed without looking back to get our three wishes – sadly 2 of mine didn’t come true. We couldn’t pay for the privilege of climbing the hill though as the booth was closed in spite of it being after opening time. Vicky drove ... read more
Snæfellsjökull from Öndverđarnes point
View from Helgafell
View from Helgafell

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes February 26th 2016

We left Hvammstangi in the morning, stopping first at the Wool Factory, one of the highlights of the area. Then we continued on to the completely empty roads to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Seriously, we only saw one truck until we got to the turnoff to the peninsula and even then, probably a total of less than ten cars for the next hour. Some beautiful sights though. You could see the snow covered peaks in the distance, the beautiful fjords along the way, and the winding road for miles. I had been reading up on the area and I really wanted to see a place called Beserkjahraun, where two hired hands had cleared a path through a massive lava field so one could marry the farmer's daughter. Unfortunately, it was on a small gravel path through about ... read more
view of the Snaefellsnes peninsula
our new favorite couple
heading out to the sea

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes September 20th 2015

Thursday, 17 September 2015 Reykjavik, Iceland We arrived in Reykjavik (Ray-key-a-vik) about 7 a.m. We rented our car from a local company and found ourselves having to call them to find the lot. We walked across the parking lot and down the road in the brisk foggy weather to rent our car. In trying to figure out where the rental place was located, Curtis had problems getting his cell to work, but Jennifer had no troubles at all. The international airport is actually in Keflavik which is located 45 minutes west of the capital city. Curtis drove our rented Kia to the city and hit morning rush-hour as we approached city limits. Usually the first thing we do is find our hotel and drop off our luggage, however, for this trip we tried something new. We ... read more
Waiting for Strokkur Geyser to errupt
Gullfoss Waterfall
Hallgrímskirkja and Leif Erikson

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes August 16th 2015

Saturday We saw so much on Saturday, driving all the way from Keflavik (the airport) to our guest-house Langaholt on the golden sand beaches of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. We made a few stops worth mentioning – Geirabakeri (next to the Hauckaup & Bonus) in Borgarnes – and Eldborg, a beautiful crater. In my mind “eld” means “elf”, so it’s an elf crater; but it really means “lava ring” in Icelandic. The crater was created when the volcano blew its top off. It’s gorgeous – appearing alternatingly black, green, or brown depending on the light. We didn’t have the chance to hike up to it – as it would have taken two hours round-trip. The brief stop however was our first geological wonder in Iceland. Next, we drove all the way to Langaholt to check in. We ... read more




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