Blogs from South, Iceland, Europe - page 6


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

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
Getting stuck in ice at our cottages

Europe » Iceland » South October 22nd 2015

On Day 3, we woke up fairly early and packed up before heading to the breakfast provided by the cabin staff. There were plenty of things to choose from, though it was not a huge meal; I had toast with different butter flavors and skyr - the Icelandic yogurt. After breakfast, we headed further east to the Glacier Lagoon in Jökulsárlón. The whole way was just a beautiful drive, with us stopping a couple of times to admire the small waterfalls, glaciers and lava fields along the way. We decided to go all the way to the end and then make our way back to break up the drive a bit. We crossed a couple of huge bridges over river plains, with what looked like old lava but was really sands, black sands. Incredible. Jökulsárlón Coming ... read more
Glacial lagoon
Black sands!
Svartifoss - incredible scenery!

Europe » Iceland » South October 21st 2015

We woke up early Wednesday morning to start our two day road trip along southern Iceland. There was a beautiful sunrise as we kept just ahead of the rush hour "traffic" in Reykjavik. It was getting light, but still just dark enough that it was hard to make out the features of the beautiful landscape initially. Jamie informed us a lot along the car ride about Iceland - traditions, language, etc. Among the things I enjoyed is that just about anywhere you go in Iceland, you can just dip your cup or water bottle into the water and drink directly from it. Buying bottled water in Iceland is purely for tourists. Of further interest is the energy generation; most of the energy is hydroelectric and the rest is geothermal. All clean! The water in faucets is ... read more
Thingvellir - Silfra fissure
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting

Europe » Iceland » South » Vík October 1st 2015

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 Höfn to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland Although we didn't necessarily sleep in, we were still the last ones to leave the hotel that morning. Back on the Ring Road, we started the stretch where we could see glaciers from the road. View Vatnajökull from Ring Road One of our favorite stops was at the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. This lake is situated on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park and is found right off the Ring Road. Here we saw a seal lazily roaming around the large pieces of ice as if it were swimming in a large glass of ice water. Jökulsárlón has been the filming location of several major films such as A View to Kill, Die Another Day, Laura Croft: Tomb Raider and Batman Begins. The TV show the Amazing Race also ... read more
Jökulsárlón (Glacier Lagoon)
Jökulsárlón (Glacier Lagoon)

Europe » Iceland » South September 9th 2015

We visited Iceland in September of 2015. A beautiful country, as any visitor will confirm, with the wonderful benefit of being virtually insect free. The only time I saw anything were some flies at a guesthouse that had horses in the yard right outside. Time of year & season: September, early fall. I imagine that as it gets colder there will be less insect activity. Locations: South-west coast, stays at Keflavik, Reykjavik, Vatnsholt Selfoss, Hof I in Öræfi, Árnanes V, Sólheimahjáleiga Occurence: just some flies at Vatnsholt. Arachnophobe score: 10/10... read more

Europe » Iceland » South » Höfn September 6th 2015

Dalsie dva dni za nami. Pomaly koncime juznu cast a prechadzame na vychodne fjordy. Urobili sme si turu k vyhladu na najvacsi Islandsky ladovec Vatnajökull a k ustiu Jökulsárlón kde sa jedna jeho cast rozpada do mora. Okrem par zabludenych tulenov su tam aj nadherne krystalovo ciste kusky ladu priamo na plazi ktore si clovek moze rovno chytit do ruk. Da sa s nimi zazit celkom velka zabava. Nase nadsenie postrehlo aj par okolitých turistov a nechalo sa inspirovat pozami pri foteni. :-) Okrem toho sa uz len kochame vyhladmi ci uz na more alebo hory a obcas zastavime pri nahodnom bezmennom vodopade, majaku alebo comkolvek zaujímavom. Pocasie nam zatial az neislandsky praje. Jeden den nam sprchlo hned na zaciatku ale odvtedy mame krasne. Nasu Toyotu sme uz prehlasili za off-road kedze okrem hlavnych ciest vsetky ... read more
Trosku vyplasena Evka a este viac vyplaseny kon :-)
Dalsi nahodny vodopad po ceste
Evka, trosky mosta a vyhlad na ladovec

Europe » Iceland » South » Vík September 4th 2015

Dva roky za nami a sme opat na cestach. Pre obmedzeny cas sme tentoraz ostali len v Europe. Aby to ale zase nevyzeralo ako zajezd do Tater vybrali sme sa najdalej ako to slo - na Island. Kedze tu leti skor wifi ako desatrocne PCcka v kaviarnach, s popismi sa nejak trhat nebudeme. Mame na to len tablet a to je trochu tortura. Tak v skratke: let na nase pomery podozrivo kratky, styri hodinky z Viedne. Uvitanie ale velkolepe s polarnou ziarou priamo pocas letu. Z pozicovne sme si zobrali Toyotu Auris a uvazlivo ju poistili od rozbitia celneho skla az po pustne burky. Skoda ze tam nikde neboli zahrnute ovce ktore sa tu vrhaju pod kolesa v paroch kazdeho pol kilometra. Prve dva dni sme sa vybrali cez Golden Circle - Geysir, Gulfos, jedno padnute ... read more
Aj fotenie zacina :-)
Bezmenny vodopad pri ceste

Europe » Iceland » South » Vík August 18th 2015

With no other ideas of what to do, and the desire to see puffins, we all set off for the South Coast – in a single car this time as we had no luggage. We went straight to Seljalandfoss, a long drive, because no one wanted to go to the Njal’s Saga museum again. We did get gasoline in Hverdagerdi, but didn’t visit the lovely bakery again. At Seljalandfoss, we made an effort to do something new. Of course we walked behind the waterfall again, but it didn’t have the same magic the second time. On the other hand, Kai did it – bravely – for the first time. This time, we walked along a pathway to the left, which I hadn’t remembered from last time, and found the hidden waterfall. Several waterfalls must be passed, ... read more

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