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Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri December 31st 2018

Short and sweet one today: I can't stop laughing every time I look outside - we got a dumping of snow... like... this morning roads were essentially closed and you couldn't get in or out of town level of dumping of snow. I love it. This morning (while it was still coming down, HARD) I got dressed and went on a winter wonderland exploration walk... which was basically me shuffling through ~20-25cm of snow at that point, none of which was cleared. I'm still laughing about it. All in all apparently we got around ~35cm. It was pretty gusty most of the day though, so you'd be walking and sometimes you'd have like 2cm to get through and other times it was up over my boots. It was fun to do some exploring but I only ... read more
Christmas tree looking good covered in snow
No more mountains in this visibility
Bush covered in snow

Europe » Iceland » North » Mývatn December 30th 2018

(Last night: went for the Northern Lights tour - we did see them, they're as enchanting as ever. My tripod wasn't cooperating and I didn't get good pictures, but that's ok - I was just happy to see them again. And happy that we got free hot chocolate while waiting because it was bloody cold standing in the middle of nowhere) Adventure day! We drove to the Lake Myvatn area, east of Akureyri. Yes everything was amazing, but it was also fun trying to remember where I'd been before and what was familiar/had changed. First things first, they've built a tunnel (7km..!) since last time, so we didn't have to do the mountain pass which was good (especially for the drive home!). It was funny hearing about the tunnel - it was reminiscent of LRT tunnel ... read more
Godafoss
Myvatn pseudocraters
Myvatn

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes December 30th 2018

What a day! I have truly loved Iceland, but the darkness is something that I would have to get used to. By the time I had packed my room, had a lovely breakfast and checked out, it was around 9:30. It was pitch black dark, cold and really windy. I headed out of town after refuelling and hoping that I wasn't going to have to cross the mountains... WRONG! The GPS took me left where I was hoping not to go... The wind had not stopped and as I started to climb the mountains the snow started; slowly at first and then heavier. By the time I was 10 klms into the journey, the road was already covered with snow. There were a few cars on the road so I tried to keep in their tyre ... read more
Ice cave at the Perlan
Scary Ice Monster
Planetarium lights

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri December 29th 2018

Doesn't matter where I go, people always ask me directions lol. The domestic airport in Reykjavik is super tiny - it's like less than 10 flights a day, and I had 2 different people ask me where the gates are and how to know when to board. I told them were the gate area is, but that generally people wait in this other area because there are more seats. One girl asked: "But how do I know which gate? I don't want to get on the wrong flight!" - There is literally only one flight haha. You good. When they board (10min before departure) you literally walk out onto the tarmac. I love tiny airports, so much less stress and drama. Flight was short - 40min hop over the highlands. Too bad it was dark, I ... read more
Looking down towards the airport
Santa chilling on some steps
Christmas tree

Europe » Iceland » Northwest December 29th 2018

An early morning. I'm having trouble sleeping past 2 or 3am. Breakfast starts at 7:30 and with an Icelandic breakfast of bread, cheese and pastries I set off at about 10am. It was still pitch dark but I had quite a few places to visit and needed to get underway. The road took me out of the town I'm staying in ... name is I can't pronounce the name...Stykkisholmur. The sat nav with the coordinates has been amazing. Takes me to within a few metres of the places! Makes me feel much safer. The first place I visited was Budir Hamlet. It was a 73 klm drive from my accommodation. The road out of town was icy as I found out when I stopped to by fuel before leaving town. Luckily I had the car to ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík December 28th 2018

And off I go again! (As per usual, sampling of photos here... there are way too many to ever post) Originally I planned to return to Norway so that I could see it in all its wintery glory, but after pricing everything I decided I might as well hit up Iceland once more and return to Akureyri. It's also a nice bookend to the year and my decade of travels - Akureyri was my first real trip, all by myself, that started me on this crazy adventure that has brought me to 40+ countries, 20+ trips and more hostels than I can count lol. I thought it was fitting to close Vol. 1 of my travels where it began. Flight landed at 3:40am (oof) so I decided I'd learn from last year... Last year I just ... read more
Strandakirkja
Tombstone at Strandakirkja
Krysuvik

Europe » Iceland » North December 28th 2018

I packed my bag at around 7 and headed out of the apartment complex. I had no idea how to find the bus and a random lady walked past. I asked her how to find bus 3, she said that she was catching that bus too and I could follow her. I'm glad I found her as I was going in completely the wrong direction. A 30 minute bus ride into the BSI bus station and there was pandemonium with lots of buses arriving with airport passengers. The airport is Keflavik and is around a 30 minute drive to and from the city. Lots of early morning flights bought people from all over the world. It was about 8am when I arrived, pitch black, heavy backpack and people everywhere. I called the car rental place on ... read more
Cousins of the Kids
Waterfall Rush
Unlimited soup and bread

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
Scary cat
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 October 1st 2018

It was the May, 2018, VirtualTourist Euromeet which brought us back to Iceland thirty-five years after our first visit to this spectacular country in the North Atlantic Ocean. Unlike our first visit when we spent only a night or two thanks to Icelandair’s free stop over option, our time this visit lasted almost a week long though it was mostly confined to south Iceland. We had already been in country 4 days and with the official Euromeet activities over, some attendees like ourselves who were staying in country a bit longer decided to book a day trip to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with Tröll Expeditions. Starting with an 8 am pickup, our much too compact minibus departed the cloudy environs of Reykjavik for a northwesterly route where as the skies became brighter, so did our mood. This ... read more
Gerðuberg Basalt Columns Cliffs
Ölkelda Carbonated Spring Water
Ytri Tunga Seal Colony




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