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Published: September 27th 2012
In Love With Iceland
A seven hour flight and a seven hour time change brought us from Vancouver Island to this beautiful country. What a thrill to make this trip with some of my family and at least 3 generations. The only thing missing are the other family members who I know would love this country. Instantly the feeling is of community. Also the desserts are fantastic so there won't be much losing weight during our visit here no matter how far we walk.
The only foreign feeling I sense is the language and most everyone we meet speaks English too. I think a lot of the locals are quite surprised when we don't answer back in their language as our four heads bobbing down the street look like they belong here. The people are so friendly and the landscape is incredible. We have spent early mornings out hiking the streets of Reykyavik, so early that it is just us and the street cleaners. The fog lifting off the water as we soak up the most incredible air and fortunately incredible weather. From a whale watching trip dressed in survival gear and enjoying the Icelandic coastline to the thermal
waters of the Blue Lagoon, Keflavik and the Reykjanes peninsula, to following the route of the Golden Circle in our rented car, taking in the sites and treks our ancestors made and lived over many hundreds of years.
The scenery can change in a heartbeat and each turn can bring a whole new landscape. Big Big Skies, glaciers, hills and a strange sense of familiarities. Huge farms stretching miles with sheep and horses with rolling hills of autumn colours. What a breathtaking beautiful country. We have seen the Langjokull, Hofsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers and met the daughter of the family run farm under the explosive 2010 volcano at the eruption centre.
After the Golden Circle Route, we headed south after walking Thingvellir, visiting Strokkur's explosive waters, and Gullfoss thundering falls, heading towards Vik.
We are in awe of the incredible waterfalls along the way....Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss...as we end our day on the black volcanic sands of Vik. It has been even nicer that Sian has taken on the job of being our driver...and seems so thankful for GPS.....we have seen lots and taken a lot of pictures.
We are running out of days and I know
Deb and Sian
Deb and Sian
we certainly will return to this beautiful country. We have enjoyed an apartment and have loved going through the shops, especially the gift and book stores, renting a car and visiting the areas we could fit in this time. We have another day to squeeze in hiking more of Reykyavik and seeing a few missed museums and sites. Lots to see here. Tomorrow we will squeeze in what we can and then Deb and Ri will head back to Canada and Sian and I will head out to the airport around 4:30 a.m. and then onto the rest of this amazing journey.
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