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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 24th 2019

August 23, 2019 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Weather: 52°F/11°C, partly cloudy with the scattered showers, wind 1mph, humidity 71° Port of call for the next two days is Reykjavik the capital of Iceland which is situated on the western shores of the island. First thought to have been settled in the 9thor 10thcenturies by Celtic and Norwegian immigrants it wasn’t until the 18thcentury when a full-fledged community had developed. Today we docked at 11:00 am out in the container port area under threatening skies. Cloudy skies, rain and cool temperatures have certainly been a large part of this journey. Our tour for today is called the Best of the Golden Circle, an eight-hour driving tour of the area that in the end covered over 300+ kilometers. On our tour we stopped at a geothermal power plan ... read more
2_Immediate benefit
3_Hot water storage
4_The Pearl

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 24th 2019

August 24, 2019 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Weather: 55°F/13°C, partly cloudy with the sky clearing to blue sunny skies, wind 8.1 mph, humidity 71° We awoke this morning to a very quiet Reykjavik harbour. Even though we are docked in a container port area there was no activity at the docks. The city is having a festival today that includes a marathon this morning, street parties all through the day culminating in a firework display just as we are leaving port this evening at 11:00 pm. Our tour today was called “Lunar Landscapes”. Our first stop was in the village of Grindavik where the Viking World Museum is located. We spent an hour in the museum which is home to a full-scale replica of the Gokstad Viking longship that was discovered in Norway in 1882. On ... read more
2_Longboat replica
3_Dragon head
4_Model of the replica

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 24th 2019

Yes, you read that correctly - today I went to the penis museum. If you are offended by photos of penises, don't look at the pictures for this entry. I slept in today because I knew I would be doing alot of walking. My AirBnB is a little east of the city center, but not too far so I decided to walk. I went along the waterfront where a marathon and half-marathon was taking place. I could hear music blaring from somewhere closer to the city center. Today is Culture Day, and there are bands and music all over the city. Some museums are free today, and there is food and food trucks everywhere. Tons of people out walking around, dancing in the square, and kids having mock battles. I went to the Phallus Museum out ... read more
Robert Service poem about walrus penis
Ancient viagra
Lots of penises

Europe » Iceland August 23rd 2019

August 22, 2019 – Djúpivogur, Iceland – Weather: 61°F/16°C, cloudy with scattered showers, wind 10 mph, humidity 86° After crossing the North Atlantic we once again came to the island nation of Iceland. Today’s port of call is Djúpivogur, a small fishing village on the eastern coast. The area was first inhabited by Irish monks followed by seasonal fishermen who eventually stayed and established the port. The village remains today as a processing center for deep sea fishing, aqua culture farms and tourism. As there is no pier in this port we once again had to use the ship’s tenders to go ashore. Tours today were all centered around going out to explore the natural wonders of the area. We opted for a guided walk around the town up to an observation point and then out ... read more
2_Our water taxi ashore
3_Bondavarda cache
4_View from above

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 23rd 2019

Today our Greenland tour is over. The last 2 weeks have been fun, adventurous, surprising, vigorous, educational, and wonderful. Our small group of 5 plus our leader Jan started out in really small village, visited the Erik the Red settlement, then went to larger villages, hiked in 70 mph wind, took an alternative boat trip to Quarqatog due to the wind, visited a tannery, got on a ferry to Nuuk, had a rainy day in Nuuk, got on a flight to Ilulisat and this is when things got really awesome. We got on another boat to Eqi Glacier camp where we stayed for 2 nights, then took the boat back to Ilulissat. The next day we saw massive icebergs that calve from the most active glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. We had a sunset boat trip ... read more
Showing the retreating front of the glacier
Photo of the icebergs coming down the fjord
Ilulissat and the icebergs in the fjord.

Europe » Iceland August 20th 2019

Zaterdag 31 augustus 2019 vertrekken Willem, Alex en ik voor een vakantie van 3 weken naar IJsland. De voorbereidingen zijn al maanden in volle gang en we hebben plannen voor wel 3 maanden. We gaan een rondreis over heel IJsland maken. We hebben een auto gehuurd en gaan daarmee alle mooie plekjes van IJsland ontdekken. Zaterdag 21 september 2019 in de loop van de middag zullen we weer op Schiphol landen... read more

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Ísafjördur August 15th 2019

August 10, 2019 –Isafjördur, Iceland– Weather: 43°F/6°C, cloudy all day, rain in am, wind 15 mph, humidity 70° The port of call today is Isafjördur, Iceland which serves as the regional capital of the Westfjörd region. For centuries this port was a major center of commerce and trading for the fishing industry. While fishing is still a major economic force tourism is a growing feature for the future. The area boasts some of the oldest buildings in Iceland, including four wooden structures from the 18thcentury which avoided destruction from fires. Today’stour: Arctic Foxes and Avalanches took us first on a drive along the coast of the fiord through the town of Súðavik, where in the 19thcentury the Norwegians established two whaling stations. The town was partially destroyed in the mid 1990’s by an avalanche; mo... read more
2_Rescued pup
3_Fox Facts
4_Rugged Landscape

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri August 15th 2019

August 11, 2019 – Akureyri, Iceland – Weather: 39°F/4°C, heavy cloud cover all day, passing bands driving rain throughout the day, wind 40.3 mph, humidity 81°; Overnight the wind increased to 45 knots and the waves were running at 7 to 7.5 meters This area has been nicknamed “the Capital of North Iceland” and was originally settled in the 9thcentury and officially recognized as a city in 1562. Today Akureyri is a thriving port town with an economy largely based on its booming fishing industry, though tourism as in other parts of Iceland is slowly overtaking this position. Today our all-day tour encompassed visits to the Godafoss Waterfalls, the Lava Labyrinth & Hot Springs and included a stop for a hot lunch. After leaving the harbour area we drove along Iceland’s longest fiord, Eyjafjörður, which would ... read more
2_Godafoss Falls branch
3_Canyon walls
4_Skutustadir Craters

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 9th 2019

First day of my trip: both flights were on time, I caught the bus from the airport to Reykjavik (45 minute ride), found my AirBnB, and spent the day exploring Reykjavik. I'm having difficulty pronouncing anything. For example, my AirBnb is on Kjartansgata. I got dropped of on Hateigsvegur. Oh well, most people here speak English so I just show them the map and point to where I want to go. First stop today was the Hallgrimskirkja, the iconic church that is visible from all over Reykjavik. I went up the tower to get a good view of the city. Next I walked through center of town and stopped by the Volcano House. I saw 2 films about volcano eruptions on Iceland. There is a rift zone that goes through approximately the middle of Iceland, which ... read more
Hallgrimskirkja Church 2
Hallgrimskirkja Church 3

Europe » Iceland » North » Seydisfjördur August 1st 2019

Iceland is quite literally synonymous with winter sports. Believe it or not, Iceland boasts of some of the best slopes covered with deep powder for you to explore at whatever speed suits your expertise. So after you take in all the sites in Iceland like the Northern Lights and the Blue Lagoon, try some skiing and snowboarding! Here are some of our favorite ski resorts in Iceland: 1. Bláfjöll This is one of the most famous ski resorts in Iceland situated in South Iceland. It is best known for its vast 15km run and has 15 lifts available to take you up the mountain. The resort offers all levels of difficulties from beginner to advanced. It also allows skiers to ski at night which is oh so cool. The resort also boasts of a poetic background ... read more

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