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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 2nd 2023

Our intrepid band of 6 set off for Iceland in January to see the Aurora Borealis. We accomplished our mission and had a fun, but cold, three days in the frozen north. The five hours of daylight each day, forced us to pack in as much as possible, before the sun set at 4:15 pm. So, we were off to see the city of Reykjavik, do the thermal baths, and explore the countryside. The first two nights were spent chasing the Northern Lights. The first night was a disappointment, but we did see some lights on the second night. They were not as spectacular as the night before we arrived, but what we saw was still impressive. It made standing out in the wind and bitter cold worth the effort. After two frigid nights standing outside ... read more
View from the Hallgrims Church tower.
The Harpa

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík October 7th 2022

The Iceland Discovery tour by Intrepid Travel came to an official end with checking out of the hotel on Monday, 03 OCT 2022. I had previously booked a stay at the Reykjavik Downtown Hotel for before and after the tour, but, after spending one pre-tour night there, I cancelled that post-tour reservation and made a reservation for the tour contracted hotel, Fosshotel Barón, Reykjavik. Shopping and dining opportunities in the neighborhood are much greater, and I didn’t have to use my bed as a desk! With a checkout time of 1130, I took my time packing my belongings in anticipation of being assigned a different room. Lesson learned, ask first and act later. The desk clerk left me in the same room as I had while under contract with Intrepid Travel. Back up to Room 318 ... read more
Whales of Iceland – Reykjavík, Iceland
Whales of Iceland – Reykjavík, Iceland
Whales of Iceland – Reykjavík, Iceland

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík October 3rd 2022

SUN, 02 OCT 2022 – Day 7: Snaefellsnes Peninsula/Reykjavik - Continue exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, beginning with the white beach at Budir, then go on to Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs exposes you to rich bird life and other wonders of nature. Continue on to the basaltic pebble beach Djupalonssandur. In the afternoon head back to Reykjavik to complete your circuit of Iceland. The rest of the evening is yours for the taking. Perhaps head out for dinner with your fellow travellers and toast with a glass of Brennivin, a savoury schnapps. Total driving distance - approximately 300 kilometres (186 miles), or 4 hours. UNCLE LARRY'S NOTE: On Sunday evening we all participated in an optional farewell dinner organized by our tour leader, Stefano. Hats off to him for a job well ... read more
Out and About in Iceland
Out and About in Iceland
Out and About in Iceland

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 26th 2022

MON, 26 SEP 2022 – Day 1 Introduction - Travel to Iceland and delve into the ancient tales of Vikings and volcanoes on this eight-day adventure to its heartlands. Marvel at geothermal hot springs, witness the steamy eruptions of a giant geyser, touch the tongue of Europe's biggest glacier at Vatnajokull and cruise the Jokulsarlong Glacial Lagoon, see lava that's still warm after decades and witness the giant Skogafoss and Detifoss waterfalls in all their splendour. Travel through Iceland's isolated corners and the land of the famous Blue Lagoon – so mysterious and ethereal that they have inspired artists, poets and musicians for centuries. Plus, with a local leader on hand to answer any questions and get you from place to place, you’ll be cruising around this icy isle in no time. MON, 26 SEP 2022 ... read more
Out for a Walk in Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland
Out for a Walk in Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland
Out for a Walk in Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 25th 2022

I had several “housekeeping” items on the London agenda. I had been watching the Iceland weather and saw that the days had been cool and windy and the evenings had been down right brisk and windy. I went shopping again for some sturdier footwear, heavy socks, gloves and a stocking cap. I also needed to update all the upcoming tour information since I really hadn’t even looked at the Iceland trip since I left America. Indeed, I hadn’t even checked what time my plane departed until a couple of days before my flight. Rain dominated the weather forecast for Wednesday thru Friday, so I set Saturday as my tourism day. I set out to visit half a dozen or so attractions that were relatively close to the hotel. Closed access points and closed attractions nixed those ... read more
Out and About London, England
Out and About London, England
Out and About London, England

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 26th 2022

We started bright and early and drove to the National Park. This park is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is the place of the first parliament in Iceland more than 800 years ago. For several hundred years the delegates, their families, and support community would meet for about two weeks in the summer. They camped and fished in the lake. The lake happens to be in the rift valley where the American plate and the European plate are constantly pulling apart from each other. The lake formed when the part in between sank, and is the largest lake in Iceland. The earliest settler in Iceland was said to have arrived in 870. Man it was windy today, serious wind, the kind that is hard to stand up in. Our bus traveled from the American plate ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 25th 2022

Most people don't need air conditioning in Iceland, and normally we wouldn't either, but our room is hot even with the windows open and the 50 degree air blowing in. And yes, we checked to make sure the heat was not on. Anyway, it made for a hot night's sleep. We headed out in the morning to the spectacular Blue Lagoon. There we donned our swimsuits and joined in the fun. The water is hot water from the ground and is full of minerals and sicilia. It is very milky looking. We made our way to the bar in the lagoon where we were able to get a free sparkling wine. It was relaxing and beautiful. We came back for lunch and then toured a museum of some of the oldest houses in Iceland. They were ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 25th 2022

Dear All Greetings once more, on this my final entry for my amazing trip this summer. I write this one on my fantastic final few days on this summer adventure exploring Viking lands, and they turned out to be a wonderful wrap up to this journey. I was tired and ready to go home, but still had just that little bit of travel energy within me to explore and enjoy my final few sights. On a cool, crisp and seriously windy Monday morning, I left lovely Grundarfjörður behind and set off on my last car journey on this epic Icelandic road trip, heading southwards to Reykjavík, but with a stop off in lovely little Borgarnes along the way. This was a nice little town, in a dramatic location on a peninsula jutting out into the ocean ... read more
View from Hallgrímskirkja Church
Gullfoss Waterfall
Me, The Blue Lagoon

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 24th 2022

After getting no sleep on the overnight direct flight from Raleigh, we finally landed in Reykjavík. The five minute border patrol took one hour, they needed to make a new sign. We boarded a bus for the hour-long ride to the hotel where we met four or five other buses from other cruise lines arriving at the same time. What a mess! After a quick breakfast we checked in and took a short rest. However, we don't like wasting even a minute of a vacation, so we headed out to see Reykjavík on foot. We walked the harbor and then headed to the shopping district which had some quaint, Icelandic architecture. In the midst of all of the nice shops was a "Phallus Museum". Needless to say, you don't have to think very hard to realize ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 15th 2022

Short and sweet - real fun begins tomorrow. Chilly rainy day today, so I didn’t do much. The benefit of Reykjavík, bad weather doesn’t bother me since I’ve seen it, done it and I don’t mind if it’s quiet. I bussed down to the harbour and walked back through the little neighbourhoods, just to get a taste of something new. (I also had my pastries to keep me going, yum lol). Also found a few new statues which is always fun :) Flight to Oslo was uneventful - airport was a little more chaotic than usual, but nothing compared to Toronto. Got some more skyr, had my tuna sandwich (always forget they put egg in their tuna sandwiches here which is fine… just a weird surprise) and people watched for a bit. ... read more
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