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Published: August 17th 2010
For our eleventh day in Iceland it was quite a lot of driving. First we headed from the tiny little town over some mountains and we noticed that we didn’t see any other cars for the first hour or so of driving which made it very nice. We had found out that the weather was going to be pretty bad for the rest of our time in Iceland so we got moving to a peninsula that goes of the north which is supposed to have many seals. The first spot that was recommended to us had nothing so we kept driving but our next place we got very lucky along with a hand full of other tourists. They were laying around taking life easy until they headed out fishing jumping through the water which looked pretty cool.
But the highlight of this area was when Diana went looking for a better view of the seals.. She didn’t realize that she went into a breeding spot of very angry and aggressive little birds. All of a sudden a swarm of these birds were up in the air taking dives at her. The host of tourists couldn’t help to have a little
laugh plus I got some great photos of this event!
So from here we headed more west now into the western fjords but the heavens have now broke open and supposed to be like this for the next two days. This area is supposed to be amazing but with the rain around we could and wont maybe see anything so a change of plans in on the cards for us.
With two full days remaining were had just entered the West fjords and the weather had turned really bad on us and could not see anything. With the weather report the same for the next couple of days we decided to head back to Reykjavik a day earlier and spend an extra day in the capital before flying to London. This also gave us a chance to do some shopping, head to a local pool to relax and go on a walking tour to learn more about the history of the country which was very interesting.
Well our time here in Iceland has come to an end but we did have a fantastic time! No other trip has had so many firsts and the country seemed to
deliver each day. The nature of the place is fantastic and two weeks to do the ring road is just enough but we were very busy for the whole time. It is also not as expensive as I thought, a few years ago it would have been impossible for us to afford to travel here but with the exchange at 1 Aus to 120 Kroner (was 1 Aus to 50 Kroner before crisis) so it is not to bad now. The main expenses are the car of course with we got for 6500 Kroner per day and very very lucky to get this cheap. Thank you couchsurfing once again and the fantastic people involved!
To many highlights for us to mention but the hot pots do stick out as a great experience.. Not to Blue Lagoon though as you pay 40 Euro to be jammed in with other tourists but going for a hike and finding one for yourself in the mountains, on the ocean edge or even under the recent volcano cannot be beaten.
Of course it is very popular to hitch around the Island but this will require a decent amount of time to do so, we
picked up 4-5 groups I think and of course our first spent three days with us. He was great though and had a ball.
A fantastic country and we are going to miss it, well maybe not the camping to much. We cannot wait for a bed after two weeks outdoors!
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