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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 8th 2018

How sad - it is our last day on this amazing ship. It took me a while to find my mojo on this luxury cruise ship but eventually I found like minded people and that makes all the difference. This morning we were awoken as we pulled into port at 6:30am in Reykjavik. I got up and started getting myself organised to disembark. Breakfast was delivered for the final time to my suite and I said my farewell to Sonal. By 8 I had checked out and collected the video/photo package I had purchased and then I waited for Barbara on Deck 5. Barbara had organised a taxi to collect her and she was going to give me a lift. She could only give me a lift to her hotel and once we now had good ... read more
Statue out front of cathedral
The rainbow 🌈 flows all the way to the cathedral. It's Pride week in Reykjavik.
The Harpa - Reykjavik's beautiful concert hall/opera house

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 6th 2018

Plan byl jednoduchy. Sbalit se, cestou nakoupit v nakupaku darky domu, zajit do centra nakoupit vyhlidnute suvenýry, dat si fish&chips, mozna se podivat na plachetnici, vrátit auto a odletet do teplych kraju. To by ale mistnaci nesmeli naplánovat na dnesek svatek. Takze nakupak byl zcela zavreny a trochu nam tim zmenil plany. A když myslim trochu, tak myslim fakt trochu, protože v centru jsme nasli jiny nakupak, který byl otevreny. Ale ten pocit nebyl prijemny, takze se v ramci terapie z toho tady vypisuju. No a aby toho nebylo dost, tak plachetnice během noci nekam odletla, protože v pristavu uz nebyla. Zrada. Nastesti ale ostatní věci klaply – suvenýry jsme koupili, ryba s cipy byla vyborna, auto jsme v pohode vratili (a lituju další zakazniky, az zjisti – stejne jako my – co všechno uplne nefunguje), ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 5th 2018

Dneska uz jsem to tady jen tak zakoncovali. U Arnarstapi jsme se prosli podel pobrezi a koukli na nejake cedicove utesy. Hezke, ale ohromeni jsme nebyli. Dva pokusy vykoupat se nekde v hotpotu nekde pobliz u cesty byly uspesne na 25 procent. (Coze? Jakto? WTF?) První hotpot jsme nasli, ale byl obehnany jakymsi plotem a celkove vypadal, ze spis slouží k myti koni nebo ovci nez lidi. Asi to bude mit něco spolecneho s tim, ze 50 metru daleko stal novy plavecky areal. Jelikoz jsme o zadnou konskou vyrážku uplne nestali, tak jsme jeli dal. Druhy pokus uz byl uspesnejsi. Nasli jsme dokonce 2 hotpoty nedaleko sebe. První (říkejme mu hotpot 2a) byl velikosti mensiho sudu a veslo se do nej tak zhruba 2,5 člověka. Coz bychom i s mym brichem ještě splnovali, ale v okoli ... read more
Harpa zvenku
Harpa zevnitr
Kostelik

Europe » Iceland » Southwest July 30th 2018

I don’t know about others, but I was looking forward to enjoying the warm soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon after yesterday’s belabored walking. It wasn’t that the walk should have been tiring; but, for me it was. It’s bad enough to have the chronic problem with my heel, which at least is being addressed with better arch supports, but I have two toes on one foot that hurts, ankles that seem to like to lock up and knees that seem like they sometimes won’t support me. My legs try to compensate for all of these afflictions, and it makes them very tired in the process. Perhaps today I will get some relief. I awake to Sharon telling me that I will be on my own today. She decided to stay back and enjoy some quiet ... read more
Blue Lagoon Map
Walkway to the Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

Europe » Iceland » Southwest July 29th 2018

I wasn’t feeling all that chipper to start our first day in Iceland, and no doubt my upset stomach was due to far too many glasses of wine the previous evening. Sharon got me one of her peppermint Tums after I returned from the shower; and, that did seem to help. I probably should have taken one last night. Temperatures were warmer than Greenland with the possibility of showers. Sharon had booked us on a “Golden Circle” private tour with about a dozen other people. Duncan and Pam were also booked on this same tour. A hard roll sandwich is becoming “go-to” choice for tour early tour days; and, Sharon was happy to get another large chocolate croissant with her toast and potatoes. This morning I opted for two of their small chocolate milks to wash ... read more
Salmon Ladder next to Waterfall
Waterfall
Fisherman by waterfall

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 28th 2018

Ok, I'm back in Ottawa for... like 32 hours haha. Sunday I'm heading back out and flying to the west coast, so I'll be back with the blog then. As for the Europe part of the trip with Mom, that sadly came to an end yesterday - it was glorious to wake up in Iceland on my birthday and eat all the skyr I wanted though :) It's been a really great time travelling with Mom - it's bun fun showing her some of my fav spots and discovering some new ones along the way. I'm really lucky that we travel well together (although I'm sure there are some times she could have lived without my desire to walk everywhere haha). Our flight was only around supper, so we had the morning for me to show ... read more
Greenland
Greenland
I love their sad man statues

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 26th 2018

Although mid July is a few weeks past high summer in Iceland (64 degrees north) the sun doesn’t really ever set at this time of year. The most darkness you seem to get is a sort of twilight at 1am or so, so for light sleepers heavy curtains are a good idea. We have 8 days here on a stopover between Central America and the UK and our friend Jackie joins us for 6 of these. We have hired a car to get around (you really do need to do this) and by a stroke of good fortune have been upgraded to a vehicle that we are permitted to drive on the unsealed highland roads, known as “F” roads. Unusually for us we have booked all of our accommodation in advance, partly to try to keep ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest July 25th 2018

Woke at 5am to pack up our scooby-do mobile. :) Went to the IStay building where we were to return the van and meet the owner at 6:30 am and no show. Finally gave in turned on the cell phone and called him a call at 6:50 and got him out of bed. 5 min later a kafoogled terribly late business owner with hair all over the place and zipper undone. “ I am so sorry, I slept in”. We made it to the airport in record time .... 7am then waited... waited in line to give our baggage, waited in line to give our odd shaped bagggage then in line to the gate and then in line to the bus. ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Landmannalaugar July 24th 2018

Po klasickych rannich ritualech jsme vyrazili na prejezd do Laudmannalauganu. Jelikoz jsem doposud na vyber trasy nedaval poradne pozor, zazil jsem prekvapeni. Jeli jsme totiz po silnici s oznacenim F, coz znamena horskou nezpevnenou cestu. Takze kdyz jsem zahlasil "tady doprava", tak jsem jen koukal, jakou polnackou jsme se to vydali. Kdyby teda tady byla nejaka pole... Sirka tak na jedno auto, vymoly a drncici useky, ze neni slyset vlastni myslenku (ne ze bych jich mel tolik). Proste jsem tak nejak cekal, ze kdyz je v mape zakreslena jedina silnice v okruhu 50 km, tak bude lepsi kvality. Holt, mylil jsem se... A to mel teprve prijit hlavni chod. Brod. Predstavte si takovou sviznou horskou reku, kterou jste nekdy nekde prejizdeli po moste. A ted si odmyslete ten most. Sranda, co? Trochu me uklidnovalo, ze po ... read more
Pohled na lavu
Druhe vrcholove foto

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Grindavík July 23rd 2018

Landed successfully, at 7:30am, grabbed our luggage and some duty free so we could have a night cap then we waited for Wild Campers to come pick us up. He was running a little late but arrive to the big smile and some excellent suggestions on killing some time before our blue Lagoon visit. We went to the wild campers logs where are you tall young man told us all about the van and the roads in Iceland. He and his wife both the company and a small campsite right next to the office building. Inside the office building he has a self serving breakfast bar where axle grab a coffee. Just on the hill there are four or five contemporary looking cottages that he rents out. After finishing all the paperwork and everything that needed ... read more
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