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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík December 27th 2018

I caught the bus into the big bus stop (the nice taxi man gave me several tickets to use), unloaded my very heavy bag into a locker and walked into the city. It took me about 15 minutes, past ponds with lots of ducks, swans and gulls. People were out feeding them. There was a mother swam with 4 babies that were as big as her. You could only tell because they were still a little bit grey in colour... big babies! It was really cold. The wind here in Iceland is almost relentless just different speeds of relentless. I walked to the end of the city to the convention centre which was at least lovely and warm and then wandered back into the main street where the most remarkable and scary lighted cat awaits. I ... read more
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Cathedral on the Hill
Amazing Pipe Organ

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík December 26th 2018

Slept most of the night. I must have been tired! I have no idea what day it is... I'm staying at the Holiday Inn Ariel near Heathrow and the room comes with breakfast. I was hungry so wandered down at 6:30... and had hot English vegetarian breakfast. I didn't take a photo so you'll have to imagine eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms with toast and tea. All very nice. Checkout time was 12:00 so I went back to bed and slept for another couple of hours. Nuggie and Theo's flight was supposed to arrive at 12:30 so I caught the bus and arrived at Terminal 3. To get to Terminal 4, I had to catch the underground train. Their flight had already landed but with the queues of yesterday, I knew they were going to be a while. ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 30th 2018

Wow! What a day! We got ourselves organised and into the breakfast room nice and early. The food was a little different, typical Scandinavian fare with the slices of meat and cheese and hard boiled eggs, with ryvita type crispbreads. We noticed in Sweden too that their hard boiled eggs always have whiter than white shells. The scrambled eggs were more like chopped up omelette. The pork sausages were nice. I tried their version of hash browns and they were nicer than what we usually have. After brekky we got ourselves organised and went out to the foyer to wait for our tour bus. We got talking to a German couple in the foyer. The lady had shown me how to operate the orange juice machine at breakfast. They were amazed to meet us - they’d ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 29th 2018

What a lovely day! When we awoke we discovered there were mountains overlooking our harbour! With snow on them! We couldn’t see them yesterday with the low clouds and rain. So we had an early brekky - we were there when they started at 7. Brekky and then the final touches of our packing. Our large suitcases had been collected last night. Our tag colour was called about 8.30 and we went down to the gangway where Noprada was standing - she’s another of the international hostesses - she’s a lovely Philippina who speaks at least five languages. She helps Colin with trivia and she runs the sudoku challenge. She hugged me as we left. Silversea had organised a marquee on the dock where our suitcases were waiting. From there we walked 10 steps to a ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 28th 2018

Well, after a restless night on a perfectly stable ship (I liked the rocking ok?) we went to brekky to find it was a wet and windy day here in Reykjavik. After brekky Tom went ashore to find a post office and I went upstairs to take some pics. It was cold as well as wet and windy so I came back inside to the panorama lounge to have a warming coffee and read some more of my Marian Keyes book. I noticed another lady getting an interesting looking drink in a smaller sized champagne glass - it was a Baileys!! I thought yes, it’s after 10 (just) i’ll have one too! When Tom returned all cold and damp from his outing ashore, a Baileys warmed him up nicely too while we were reading. We had ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 28th 2018

Un petit dernier avant de quitter ce pays magnifique que nous avons eu plaisir à découvrir. .. Nous voici de retour de notre périple et ce soir sera notre dernière soirée en ville puis cool demain le bus pour l'aéroport de Keflavik à plus ou moins 45 km de l'hôtel... En tous les cas, mes coups de coeur de ce voyage ont ėtė : Cédric, la plage des diamants, les casseroles de boues, des paysages fabuleux, mais aussi Tout le groupe qui était vraiment chouette.... (espérons qu'au Canada le mot chouette ne veule pas dire autre chose....) Aujourd'hui, 12 septembre... MERCI encore à vos nombreux messages, appels, cartes, etc... d'anniversaire ! vous avez été 76 à me le souhaiter ! L'arrivée à l’aéroport de Keflavik nous offre des sculptures modernes dont un œuf d’acier poli d’où ... read more
il est temps de quitter l'Islande... fait pas trop chaud !
qu'est ce que je vous avais dit !
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 27th 2018

We awoke refreshed after another night in the open sea. The weather last night had not been as rough as I‘d expected, and that’s what I told the captain when I saw him at breakfast in La Terrazza. It was just a night at sea, but he said the bad weather will arrive when we are at Reykjavik. We thought it best to do the small bit of washing before we have to pack tomorrow, so I did that while Tom went to another enrichment lecture. After that we did some reading before it was time for the whisky and whiskey tasting down at the bar. We had a Bushmills Irish whiskey, Chivas Regal blended whisky and a Glenmorangie single malt whisky. They were the 3 that were planned, and then we had some Laphroig, Jameson‘s ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 27th 2018

Ce sera notre dernière journée tous ensemble... Nous explorons aujourd'hui la région fertile de Borgarfjördur avec ses cascades pittoresques de Hraufossar et Barnafoss : il n'y a pas de court d'eau en amont de la cascade. L'eau surgit directement de la terre. Elle coule en petits filets sous les champ de lave au nord de larivière qui a depuis été recouvert par la végétation avant de tomber dans la Hvita en formant des remous aux teintes turquoises. Lisez donc le panneau comme nous l'avons fait afin d'en apprendre plus encore... Puis la source d'eau chaude de Deildartunguhver, source la plus abondante en eau géothermique d'Europe.... C'est amusant car cette source d'eau chaude me rappelle mon enfance au Congo... Le dimanche il nous arrivait de partir pour la journée et dans les eaux chaudes nous cuisions nos ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest September 12th 2018

La journée continue autant sur de belles routes que de beaux arrêts ! Mais tout d'abord UN TOUT GRAND MERCI à tous ceux qui ce matin déjà m'ont souhaité un joyeux anniversaire !!!! La chute de Gullddoss est un de nos prochains arrêts après en avoir eu plein les yeux au Geysir ! Nous aurons un premier hôtel sympa où nous aurions pu entrer dans des serres, mais malheureusement c'était déjà l'heure de fermeture. Pour ceux que cela intéresse, au point de vue hôtelier ici il y a encore beaucoup à faire... Nous avons passé les deux premières nuits au Radisson Blue Saga a Reykjavik, dans le quartier universitaire. Un Radisson qui est en pleine rénovation... Pourquoi ne pas fermer un hôtel quand on y fait tant de travaux ???? La chambre est vieillote mais heureusement ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 10th 2018

Sidste stop på vej mod Reykjavik var en lille by Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Hotellet havde et vandfald i baghaven. Man kunne gå ad en sti langs vandfaldet og nå op til dets udspring som var en fin lille sø. Op fra toppen fik man en fin udsigt over husene og det flade lavalandskab. I nærheden af hotellet var det også et andet meget flot vandfald som løber ud over en rund klippe. Alle mand var inde og fotografere det og forsøgte at få vist det fine vandforløb på vandfaldet. Næste morgen skulle vi køre det sidste stræk til Reykjavik. På vejen tog vi en lille afstikker for at så set en meget smuk canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur. Canyon var tydeligvis et kendt turistmål så vi delte fornøjelsen med et buslæs englendere. I Reykjavik skal man se domkirken og kulturhuset samt ... read more
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