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Europe » Iceland » South » Vík September 10th 2016

This was a day I had been looking forward to, some key sites that I couldn't wait to get exploring...starting with the famous ice lagoon of Jokulsarlon, Skaftafell national park and finally finishing in Vik with its black sandy beaches and basalt columns... On advice from some locals we pre-booked a zodiac tour of Jokulsarlon a couple of days previous and after only an hour or so from leaving Hofn we spotted the icebergs and tourist buses just off the Ring Road...cool! You read about this place, see pics but they really don't do the spot justice; it is absolutely gorgeous...we were a bit early for the tour so were able to take a stroll along the edge of the lagoon and get our first glimpses at the utterly beautiful luminous-blue icebergs slowly making their way ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn September 3rd 2016

It is possible to get used to anything, even driving on the right hand side of the road. One way bridges and pull over tunnels continue to be challenging, but the thing that make driving in Iceland most difficult is sheep. There are a lot of sheep in Iceland, great wooly mops with curly horns and attitude. There are lots of roads that sheep wander beside, sit on and cross carefully in small groups. Travelling in Iceland is easy. Very easy. English is used by locals and tourists alike. Even the automatic petrol pumps have an English option. Supermarkets are full of familiar foods imported from Europe. Locals favor chocolate with salty liquorice, sweet cakes lashed with cream, hot chips (fries) and hotdogs. Everything is expensive because it is imported (think fruit in Japan or petrol ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Kirkjubæjarklaustur June 14th 2016

By the end of the day Sam was crying "oh no, not another waterfall. Do we really have to go?" Our bodies seem to be adjusting to the 4 hour Icelandic time difference. Everyone was up (mostly on our own) by 8:30am. Our first stop after returning to the main Ring Road (after a 20 minute drive going 90kph on a tiny two lane road that Mike was happy had a white line to navigate by) was the local tourist center. of courose prior to going very far down our little side road - 204 - the car was being attacked by the Arctic terns. Fascinating to watch them dive bomb our front hood. The tourist center had a great video about the Laki craters and fissure eruption in1783. So many people died in Iceland and ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Kirkjubæjarklaustur June 14th 2016

9:15pm. Sun still high. Beautiful. Night to all!! ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South May 22nd 2016

From Skaftafell to Vik Day 6 We are in Southern Iceland. After a night at the national park campsite we headed down to Vik. It is hard to believe we have almost made a full loop around this wondrous country. Vik is stunning. Home to the black sand beach, this town is beautiful. I have been in awe at the sights this beach gives. We climbed this large rock divide to gain a better look. Sitting on those large boulders, I felt so at peace. I can try to paint you a picture. Birds were flying, the sun was shining down it's warm rays onto the water; waves were viciously crashing onto the rocks, while the wind picked up speed. The beach itself is black sand and rocks. ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South May 22nd 2016

Skogafoss Waterfall Day 6 We hiked 60 flights of stairs today at this beautiful waterfall sight. Skogafoss, just outside of Vik, is a large waterfall amongst sheep farm land. We ended our long hike with a glass of wine and camped at the farm. ... read more
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Skogafoss

Europe » Iceland » South May 21st 2016

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Day 5 Jokulsarlon is probably the most impressive sight I've yet to see. I can't even really describe the beauty, you'll have to look for yourself. The lagoon is only about 80 years old and is the site of many films and commercials. ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South May 21st 2016

Skaftafella is the country's favorite wilderness according to Lonley Planet. The history of Skaftafella was a farm at the foot of the hills. Shifting glacial sands slowly buried the fields and forced the farm to relocate. The farms were wiped out after the 1362 eruptions and the land became known as "land under the sands"! The area is home to several beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls. Svartifoss is known as the Black Falls. It is a gloomy waterfall surrounded by black basalt columns. Sjonarnipa is another hike overlooking the Skaftafellsjokull glacier. There is an interesting and quite tragic story that took place here in the national park. I read about it in the information center. The story is about two undergraduate students from the University of Nottingham in 1953 who set out exploring and gathering information ... read more
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Svartifoss
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Europe » Iceland » South » Vík April 3rd 2016

Ohhhhh man this morning was tough. We were still on a high from seeing the lights the night before & checking that off our bucket list, but getting less than 3 1/2 hours of sleep was not our favorite part of our trip. We had a quick breakfast at the hotel (the included breakfast buffet was actually amazing!)... but my morning sickness came back rearing its ugly head and I threw up in the restaurant bathroom! WHOOPS!!! That was the first time I threw up in public my whole pregnancy. Oh well... funny memory?? Baldwin, our tour guide from yesterday picked us up again for our South Coast Tour! Yay! We liked him. We started off Skogafoss waterfall. Okay, another REALLY impressive waterfall!! We opted not to hike to the top (it's slippery and we figured ... read more

Europe » Iceland » South » Vík February 22nd 2016

As our Icelandic friend told us the night before, a wind storm was coming. We still made our way north towards the Golden Circle from Reykjavik the next morning before being turned around about 10km onto the route. There were many stopped cars and ahead of them we could see massive wind gusts and snow blowing across the road, which didn't look to be letting up any time soon; I was bummed as I was looking forward to imparting my geologic knowledge onto some unsuspecting teenagers. So, we turned around to head back on Highway 1 south towards Vik. After getting a little lost in Reykjavik, we made our way to our destination. I knew we were going up the mountain pass, but I was amazed at how scared I was driving here; I grew up ... read more
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Skogarfoss
Getting stuck in ice at our cottages




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