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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 6th 2018

On commence par remercier ceux qui ont donné la bonne réponse... en Effet, c'est vers l'Islande que nous nous dirigeons... Un75ème pays donc pour moi... Partis de la maison avec le Proxibus de la commune, nous prenons le train à Arlon pour Bxl d'où nous décolerons le lendemain... Jour de vrai départ… Nous nous réveillons à l’Ibis aéroport à Bruxelles et nous nous coucherons au Radisson Blue Saga à Rijkjavik en Islande. Il faut savoir que nous avions découvert une affiche au Salon des Vacances de Bruxelles au stand Icelandair (cie qui s'arrêtait dans le temps à Luxbg... et que nous avions déjà pris...). Cette affiche disait que si on voyage vers les USA ou le Canada, on peut faire un stop gratuit en Islande de 8 jours... Tout bon car JJ a justement une grande ... read more
notre avion
temps couvert mais au dessus des nuages il fait souvent très beau...
arrivée à l'aéroport de Keflavik

Europe » Iceland » South » Vík September 6th 2018

Et kik ud ad vinduet kl 5:30 viste en nærmest skyfri himmel. Nu var det endelig muligt at få taget det billede jeg havde gået og snakket om. Et billede med morgensolen gående igennem vandfaldet. Det var bare om at komme i tøjet og op til gejseren. Det blev en meget smuk oplevelse at se de få skyer som var på himmelen blive røde og se solen komme op bag bjergene ud i horisonten. Nu var det bare at vente på at gejseren ville springe med en flot vandsøjle. Efter 3 forsøg lykkedes det at få det hele til at passe sammen. Vi skulle på en længere tur for at kommen hen til næste destination. Den gik blandt andet forbi nogle varme kilder med boblende mudder og blå vandløb. Der havde længe været snakket om en ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » South » Vík September 6th 2018

I nærheden af Skogafoss ligger Dyrhólaey som var målet for dagens udflugt. Her er der alt fra fantastiske klippeformationer, basalt støtter, til sorte strande. Dagen var meget stormfuld hvilket kunne mærkes på toppen af klippen, hvor der var udsigt over en klippehvælving. Vinden gav også kæmpe bølger med masser af skumsprøjt som blæste op i vinden. Nogle strandgæster havde det med at komme for tæt på bølgerne, hvilket kunne resultere i en kold overbrusning. Strande er også kendt for den fantastiske klippehule bestående af basalt søjler. Der er utrolig mange former og farvenuancer. De smukke klipper ud i vandt fik ekstra liv af de voldsomme bølger med skumsprøjtet stående til alle sider. Tilbage ved Skogafoss var det kortvarigt muligt at få taget et par billeder af vandfaldet uden turister. Ud over turisterne består det svære i ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Selfoss September 5th 2018

På vejen fra Stykkishólmur hvor vi havde overnattet 2 nætter gik ture videre til Þingvellir for se stedet for amerikanske og europæiske kontinenter skilles ad. Ind da stoppede vi på vejen for at se et lille fint vandfald Skuggafoss. I revnen som dannes af de to kontinenter vælter et meget flot vandfald som løber ud over det amerikanske kontinent. Målet for ture var at komme frem til Geysir hvor en var kilde springer op. Stedet har givet navn til fænomenet en geyser. Geysir springer ikke længere den stoppede efter et jordskælv omkring 2005. Nu er det Strokkur som springer. Stedet er hele dagen stedet fyldt med turister, det er umuligt at få et godt billede uden mennesker. Så næste morgen var jeg oppe kl. 6 for at se solopgang og springende vand. Næste turistmål var Gullfoss, ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes September 3rd 2018

Snæfellsnes er vores første destination på fototuren til Island. Om aftenen som vi ankom skulle det blive klart vej, så det var muligt at tage ud og se nordlys. Efter at have stået der i noget tid og var vi begyndt at blive kolde og begyndt at pakke sammen. Så lige pludselig væltede nordlyset frem. Vi fik meget travlt med at pakke kameraerne ud igen. Vi nåede nogle billeder inden det blev svagt igen. På vejen hjem til byen kunne vi se nordlyset ude over fjorden med byen i baggrunden. Næste dag så vejret lidt grumset ud, men skiftede på en sådan måde at det gav nogle meget dramtiske himler, hvor det en gang i mellem regnede let og andre gang var det solskin. Målet for dagen var at fotografere Kirkjufell som er et meget ikonisk ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 26th 2018

I had been to Iceland before in late spring, but I really want to see the country in winter time. Mainly to see the Northern Lights, but also because I really enjoy the cold weather and because it has been quite a while since I have seen proper snow. I decided to fly out on New Years Day since I found some pretty cheap tickets and I went for 4 days in total. When I arrived in Reykjavik in the late afternoon it was already getting dark. I walked to the hostel from the bus station when it started snowing. I felt like a little kid again walking around the snow catching snow flakes. My hostel was right in the city center. After dropping off my bag in the room I went out to the Big ... read more
Hraunfossar
not much to see here
ready to go see some whales or not

Europe » Iceland August 24th 2018

Iceland has given us a lot to talk about. This will be our 9th post on the country and we have covered most topics already but there are some things that we have encountered or realised that may be useful to other travellers. Just in case you haven't had time to read our earlier posts on the country we travelled in a 4WD with a camper box on the back. We stayed just one night (the last, after handing back the camper) in a guest house, so we will be talking about camping areas rather that other accommodation. And the photos are mostly of some of the signs we saw there. The Weather We will start with the obvious. We visited in July/August. We lived in the tropics for 25 years. Iceland in summer was, for ... read more
For Lucy & Aidan 2
We could all 'heart' traffic lights
When you want people to pay attention

Europe » Iceland » South August 21st 2018

The Golden Circle is very popular. Not too many who tour the country would miss it and, while we gave that option consideration, we have found that there is a reason that large squads of tourists go to places. They are nearly always worth visiting. So we did. We had intended to spend a day or two in Vik and factor in a lay day. We have been on the road now, moving constantly since 29 July and in the past we have found that it can be handy to have a day or two to switch off. It was raining but the wind had dropped so we had an excuse, but there were no puffins at Vik either. Apparently, puffins like the rain, wind and cold about as much as we do. Who would think ... read more
The trail to Gullfoss
Almost a stereotypical scene
Been better days

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Keflavik August 21st 2018

After the crowds of the Golden Circle we were looking for a place where crowds wouldn't be. Our plan had been to go back to Reykjavik because it is the capital city and we hadn't had much of a look around. Or we could have a look at Akranes, another place that looked good that we had skipped in our run from the rain on our first visit to Reykjavik. Unfortunately, Reykjavik has just one camping area, Reykjavik Camping, and it is large, capacity 900, full of people who have been travelling for a couple of weeks or are just setting up. Similar minimal amenities to most camping areas. Crowds at attractions are one thing, waiting for a shower in a long queue, that is another. We decided to see how Akranes was going. Akranes is ... read more
From Akranes campground
At Sangerdi Harbour
Harbour at Keflavik

Europe » Iceland August 19th 2018

During summer the rangers here at Drekagil hold a walk and talk at 10.00am most mornings at the lava field site for the Holuhruan eruption. This was Iceland's largest eruption for 230 years, and its most recent. The volcano Bardarbunga (great name) started to move in summer 2014. There was major concern. An eruption under the ice cap of one of the most powerful volcanoes in Iceland could cause catastrophic flooding in glacial rivers (jokulsa). Bardarbunga is a 180-190 km long mountain range with a fracture system running SW to NE. It is hidden by ice with a caldera filled with up to 850m of ice. The eruption that rolled around underneath all of this, causing the earthquakes that are signals for volcanic activity here, eventually made it out into the open through a fissure last ... read more
This Road's Not Too Bad
A bit sandy here
Sorry about the blurry photo: bit skiddy here




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