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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík October 7th 2022

The Iceland Discovery tour by Intrepid Travel came to an official end with checking out of the hotel on Monday, 03 OCT 2022. I had previously booked a stay at the Reykjavik Downtown Hotel for before and after the tour, but, after spending one pre-tour night there, I cancelled that post-tour reservation and made a reservation for the tour contracted hotel, Fosshotel Barón, Reykjavik. Shopping and dining opportunities in the neighborhood are much greater, and I didn’t have to use my bed as a desk! With a checkout time of 1130, I took my time packing my belongings in anticipation of being assigned a different room. Lesson learned, ask first and act later. The desk clerk left me in the same room as I had while under contract with Intrepid Travel. Back up to Room 318 ... read more
Whales of Iceland – Reykjavík, Iceland
Whales of Iceland – Reykjavík, Iceland
Whales of Iceland – Reykjavík, Iceland

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík October 3rd 2022

SUN, 02 OCT 2022 – Day 7: Snaefellsnes Peninsula/Reykjavik - Continue exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, beginning with the white beach at Budir, then go on to Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs exposes you to rich bird life and other wonders of nature. Continue on to the basaltic pebble beach Djupalonssandur. In the afternoon head back to Reykjavik to complete your circuit of Iceland. The rest of the evening is yours for the taking. Perhaps head out for dinner with your fellow travellers and toast with a glass of Brennivin, a savoury schnapps. Total driving distance - approximately 300 kilometres (186 miles), or 4 hours. UNCLE LARRY'S NOTE: On Sunday evening we all participated in an optional farewell dinner organized by our tour leader, Stefano. Hats off to him for a job well ... read more
Out and About in Iceland
Out and About in Iceland
Out and About in Iceland

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes October 1st 2022

SAT, 01 OCT 2022 – Day 6: Akureyri/Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Situated at the head of Iceland's longest fjord, Akureyri is the nation's second-largest city. Embark on a short walking tour of the town, taking in the striking church and other local sights. If you’re travelling between May and December, you might have the option to partake in a whale watching excursion. Ask your leader for details. Later, continue to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, home to the magnificent Snaefellsjokull Glacier, which played a starring role in Jules Verne's 1864 novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Next up is Lysuholslaug, where you can bathe in thermal pools (depending on the season) or check out the Icelandic horses grazing in the fields. Look forward to an included home-cooked dinner this evening. If you are up for it, you can ... read more
Out and About in Iceland
Out and About in Iceland
Unknown, Unnamed and Unscheduled Waterfall

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri September 30th 2022

FRI, 30 SEP 2022 – Day 5: Lake Myvatn/Akureyri - Set off for magnificent Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall at 100-metres wide and with a 45-metre drop into the craggy shores of Jokulsargljufur canyon below. It’s so powerful that it’s vibrations can be felt underfoot. Continue to volcanic Lake Myvatn. Next is Namaskard, where steam rises from the sulphuric terrain and it’s hard to believe you’re on Earth and not Mars. Take a walk around the lava stacks and caves of Dimmuborgir and then observe the massive pseudo craters of Skutustadir. Continue to the crescent shaped Godafoss waterfall, where legend says a lawmaker priest threw the idols of the Norse gods when Christianity became Iceland’s official religion in AD1000. Travel on to Akureyri and settle into your accommodation for the evening. Total driving distance - approximately 250 ... read more
Out and About in Iceland
Out and About in Iceland
Námafjall Geothermal Area, Iceland

Europe » Iceland » East September 29th 2022

THU, 29 SEP 2022 – Day 4: East Fjords/Modrudalur Valley - Start the day by returning to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Cruise between jagged icebergs in an included boat tour. Then take a scenic drive along the rugged coast of the East Fjords. Enjoy spectacular views of high mountains, deep fjords, spectacular waterfalls, glaciers and quaint fishing villages. Make stops along the way at small but notable towns like Djupivogur, which became a member of the cittaslow movement in 2013 and is aiming to be the Happiest Town in Iceland, and drop by Egilsstadir, home to the mythic Lagarfljot Wyrm. Continue along mountain roads into the highland to the farm village of Modrudalur. At 469 metres (1539 feet) above sea level, Modrudalur is the highest inhabited place in Iceland, and snow can be seen almost year-round. ... read more
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Europe » Iceland » South September 28th 2022

WED, 28 SEP 2022 – Day 3: South Coast/Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - Begin the day with a visit to breathtaking Seljalandsfoss waterfall, followed by Skogafoss waterfall. At 25-metres wide with a 60-metre drop, this waterfall roars. You can feel its power up close with a strenuous walk up a windy set of stairs up to a stunning viewpoint. The black sands and bizarre, rectangular rock formations of Reynisfjara are up next. The last stop of the day is the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Make sure you head down to Diamond Beach, where some of the icebergs are washed onto the black sand. You'll also have the option to walk on the mottled blue, grey and black face of one of the tongues of Europe's largest glacier, the epic ice cap of Vatnajokull. From here it is ... read more
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall with Two Smaller Sisters
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Europe » Iceland » South » Hvolsvollur September 27th 2022

TUE, 27 SEP 2022 – Day 2: Golden Circle/Hvolsvollur Valley - Make an early start to beat the crowds on the Golden Circle route. Head to Thingvellir National Park, home to the Parliament Plains and location of Iceland’s first parliament. Thingvellir also contains the Silfra fissure, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly pulling apart. The resulting gap is partly filled with fresh water and is clearly visible. From here head to the Geysir geothermal area, checking out Strokkur and watching as the geyser swells with blue water before erupting and shooting some 20-30 metres in the air. Be spellbound by the immense beauty and sheer power of the Gullfoss (Golden) double waterfall on the Hvita River, before proceeding to a remote farm in the Hvolsvollur region, our overnight stop for the night. ... read more
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 26th 2022

MON, 26 SEP 2022 – Day 1 Introduction - Travel to Iceland and delve into the ancient tales of Vikings and volcanoes on this eight-day adventure to its heartlands. Marvel at geothermal hot springs, witness the steamy eruptions of a giant geyser, touch the tongue of Europe's biggest glacier at Vatnajokull and cruise the Jokulsarlong Glacial Lagoon, see lava that's still warm after decades and witness the giant Skogafoss and Detifoss waterfalls in all their splendour. Travel through Iceland's isolated corners and the land of the famous Blue Lagoon – so mysterious and ethereal that they have inspired artists, poets and musicians for centuries. Plus, with a local leader on hand to answer any questions and get you from place to place, you’ll be cruising around this icy isle in no time. MON, 26 SEP 2022 ... read more
Out for a Walk in Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland
Out for a Walk in Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland
Out for a Walk in Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 25th 2022

I had several “housekeeping” items on the London agenda. I had been watching the Iceland weather and saw that the days had been cool and windy and the evenings had been down right brisk and windy. I went shopping again for some sturdier footwear, heavy socks, gloves and a stocking cap. I also needed to update all the upcoming tour information since I really hadn’t even looked at the Iceland trip since I left America. Indeed, I hadn’t even checked what time my plane departed until a couple of days before my flight. Rain dominated the weather forecast for Wednesday thru Friday, so I set Saturday as my tourism day. I set out to visit half a dozen or so attractions that were relatively close to the hotel. Closed access points and closed attractions nixed those ... read more
Out and About London, England
Out and About London, England
Out and About London, England

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 26th 2022

We started bright and early and drove to the National Park. This park is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is the place of the first parliament in Iceland more than 800 years ago. For several hundred years the delegates, their families, and support community would meet for about two weeks in the summer. They camped and fished in the lake. The lake happens to be in the rift valley where the American plate and the European plate are constantly pulling apart from each other. The lake formed when the part in between sank, and is the largest lake in Iceland. The earliest settler in Iceland was said to have arrived in 870. Man it was windy today, serious wind, the kind that is hard to stand up in. Our bus traveled from the American plate ... read more
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