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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 24th 2021

24th February - Icelandic Horses I had planned on several virtual trips to Iceland today but the weather was good so cancelled and spent the morning in the garden but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity of visiting an Icelandic Horse Farm. Our guide Albert, after the introduction, handed the microphone to the owner who explained about these unique horses The very first members of the breed arrived aboard the Viking ships of Norse settlers sometime between 860 and 935 AD. Although sources don't agree on the breed's exact ancestry, interestingly enough, many of its characteristics can be related to the mere circumstances of this transportation. Some claim that the animals were chosen because of their short but sturdy stature which made them ideal for overseas travelling. Since then, selective breeding has made the Icelandic ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 21st 2021

21st February - A day in Iceland Today has been a wonderful day of discovery with virtual guide Albert in Iceland. It was so well planned and all five locations had something special with amazing views, interesting natural wonders and a personal tour around the Turf House Museum with Sylvia. Starting at 10am with gaps in between for Albert to get to the next location. These virtual guides go that extra mile to ensure their group have a great experience. When Albert announced that a bird had decided to leave him a lucky dropping he made everyone laugh by saying ‘I’m so pleased that cows don’t fly ’ Such a fun loving guy. South Shore Part I: Dyrholaey – Majestic View From the Top of a Volcano. South Shore Part II: Reynisfjara – Black Sand Beach ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 18th 2021

18th February Iceland Highlights of the West Part I: - Hraunfossar - Lavafields and Waterfalls Hraunfossar - Lava Falls are beautiful and unusual natural phenomena, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of the lava which flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the Glacier. The waterfalls pour into the glacial river Hvita from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. The Glacier is 40km inland. As we walked with our virtual guide Albert the views were stunning, I loved all the different colours and textures of the lava rock against the turquoise and white waters. The pedestrian bridge across the river was originally built in 1891 and renovated exactly a century later. Originally it was used to drive sheep across the ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík February 15th 2021

14th February Golden Circle Part I: Thingvellir National Park Thingvellir is the only place in the world where you can stand between two continental plates. Thingvellir National Park lies on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a gigantic 16,000-km fissure that stretches between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Iceland is the only place in the world where the fault line is above sea level. This unique landscape is a result of the blanket of 10,000-year-old lava fields. Several eruptions in the area & shifting tectonic plates. Thingvellir is known as the birthplace of Iceland as a nation, and home to the oldest ongoing parliament in the world. The Icelandic Commonwealth period ran from the year 930 until 1262. The law council, Lögrétta, was the supreme institution of the Alþingi, and the Lögberg or Law Rock ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík November 5th 2020

The idea of going to Iceland sprung to mind and grew into being mid-yachting charter season. It was my very first yachting season and was basically solid 12-18 hour days for 6 straight months. I had been told by my chief mate that midseason blues were a real thing and the very best way to combat it was to buy yourself something ‘shiny’ so that you had something to look forward to and push you to get through the second half of the crazy European summer. Since I take experiences over possessions, I decided I would book a much needed holiday. I researched tons of places and decided initially I would head to Columbia and meet up with a friend I had made in India just a few months before. Even as I made the decision ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík March 20th 2020

As day three Dawns upon us, we start the journey to the capital. Present in the moment, as only Iceland can teach you to do. We follow the highway upon what I expected to be an ordinary drive, filled with the same scenery as the days before. Be warned Iceland really sucks at ordinary and mundane. Instead of the mundane, we are presented with roads that turn into cliff climbs, bring us up hundreds of feet of elevation. The clouds hanging low, their wispy fingers brushing the car, leaving fingerprints of dew upon the painted surface. We wind or way along this Highway of unexpected pleasure, I never knew a transfer route to be so scenic. Cars whir past us with no real sense of hurry. The light low and flat, but our senses tuned in ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík March 14th 2020

As day three Dawn's upon our souls. We start the journey to the capital. Present in the moment, as only Iceland can teach you to do. We follow the highway upon what I expected to be an ordinary drive filled with the same scenery as the days before. Be warned Iceland really sucks at ordinary and mundane. Roads that turn into cliff climbs, bring us up a few hundred feet of elevation. The clouds hanging low, their wispy fingers brushing the car, leaving fingerprints of dew upon the paints surface. We wind or way along this Highway of unexpected pleasure, I never knew a transfer route to be so scenic. Cars whir past us with no real sense of hurry. The light low and flat, but our senses tuned in to the frequency of the world. ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík March 11th 2020

Iceland sucks in so many ways. Iceland sucks at meets your expectations…. It exceeds them. Iceland also sucks at embracing your idea of beauty, for it shatters it. Instantly replacing it with a new meaning for the word. It also sucks at allowing you to maintain your own self image, The blossoming idea of beauty makes you examine what is important to you. The instant you break through the clouds it's almost like entering the wardrobe to Narnia. You are about to enter a beautiful new world. You are to be born again, leaving the old person you once knew behind and meeting a newer, better version of yourself. The runway rushes up to meet you, the journey begins. Tires hit tarmac. Smoke from the tires rising up cleansing you for the experience that awaits. If ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 8th 2019

We arrived back a JFK 3 hours before our flight to Copenhagen via Reykjavik. Early? Well, #1 it's an international flight so I didn't think it was crazy when I read that 3 hours is the recommended arrival time and #2 it's JFK so one would think it would be super busy. As luck would have it, there was literally NO ONE in line at the Icelandair counter . Check in took 5 minutes tops and then the TSA precheck line was 6 people long counting us. So 20 minutes after getting our luggage back from the storage place, we were all checked in and ready to go. We quickly got settled, plugged in our electonics, grabbed food and waited to board our flight to Reykjavik. The time went quickly. Before we knew it, the Icelandair ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 31st 2019

Our trip ends today. We continue traveling around the Ring Road back to Reykjavik with some interesting stops along the way. Technically we are in West Iceland traveling back to Southwest Iceland. First stop is Grabrok, a volcano with a nice crater that has a walk up it. Grábrók is a 170 url=https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=is&sp=nmt4&u=https://is.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metri&xid=17259,15700023,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259,15700262,15700265&usg=ALkJrhimUkAmjsiueQulJAzKYBtqC8nSqQmeter high url=https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=is&sp=nmt4&u=https://is.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gjallg%25C3%25ADgur&xid=17259,15700023,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259,15700262,15700265&usg=ALkJrhiIsFdLOGEISLvlri_46ck1NzLtfwcrater that ... read more
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