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Europe » Iceland August 28th 2019

Today we continued driving around the Ring Road. We are traveling the East Fjords, and there are plenty of them. Sindri, our guide, had a surprise for us this morning. He took us to Stokksnes. From Wikipedia: Stokksnes is a headland on the southeastern Icelandic coast, near Hofn and Hornafjördur. Stokksnes is located south to the mountain Kastarárfjall, where the dent Vestarahorn was featured in the Bollywood film Dilwale.url= read more

Europe » Iceland » South » Vík August 26th 2019

We had alot to do today - and all of it in cold, windy, driving rain. After all the participants of the tour with Arctic Adventures were picked up, we were on our way. Our guide is Sindri, and he is the driver and guide for this trip. He is a wealth of information and he talks the whole time he is driving through this horrible rain. My cousin said all the photos are not coming through. I don't know why, maybe the wi-fi connection? Sorry about that. I killed you with iceberg photos, now I'm going to kill you with waterfall photos. First stop: Thingvellir. From Wikipedia: Þingvellir (Icelandic: (img= read more
Thingvellie area
A fault
Fault you can walk through.

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 25th 2019

When I packed clothing for this trip I figured I needed the warm clothing and rain gear for Greenland. Wow was I wrong. It rained once in Greenland, and drizzled another day. It was cold only near the glaciers and icebergs. The rest of the time the weather was great. Yesterday was a good day in Reykjavik, but I knew the rain was coming, but I didn't know it would be this bad. It's cold, very windy, and raining sideways. Today I transferred from my AirBnB to Hotel Orkin. Luckily I was able to walk there before the rain hit, about a 20 minute walk. I put my luggage in storage, rested awhile, then figured out how to take the public bus to Perlan. It was actually quite easy and the bus drivers were very helpful ... read more
Photos from exhibits

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

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