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Europe » Iceland » North » Mývatn April 6th 2015

Having picked up the rest of our little group from the airport we finally set off on our tour of the Myvatn area. As we drive off over the fjord and along the shore, the same way I went on my bus trip to Husavik, we find out from our guide Oskar a few interesting snippets of information about Iceland and the area we are driving through: ~ Myvatn is pronounced nothing like I'd thought and goes something like MEE-VA-TNNN with the NNN being a blow out through the nostrils with your mouth shut. Don't try this with a cold! ~ The fjord is called Eyjafjörður which means 'fjord of the islands'. It's 60km long and the width averages 6-10km along a lot of its length widening to 25km at the end that meets the sea. ... read more
Eyjafjörður - 'Fjord of the Islands'
Godafoss waterfall
Godafoss waterfall

Europe » Iceland » North » Húsavík April 5th 2015

In the morning I pack up my stuff ready for my hostel switch - luckily I only have my small daysack. It's a different guy on reception and he's a bit bemused by my terse complaint about the room situation and tries to make out that I should have known that the hostel wouldn't be quiet as it's in a downtown location. Funny that, I'd just spent almost a week of peaceful bliss in Reykjavik DOWNTOWN hostel - Reykjavik - that's the capital city - maybe you've heard of it! The sarcasm was flowing thick and fast - not sure his English was up to my nuanced tirade of sleep deprived wit, but he eventually refunded my my stay - or at least that's what I thought he'd done - I found out later he'd only ... read more
Crossing the fjord at Akureyri on the way to Husavik
Tiger striped melted snow
North Sailing boat in Husavik harbour

Europe » Iceland » North » Akureyri April 4th 2015

I arrive at Reykjavik's domestic airport after a bit of a detour via a hotel restaurant - map reading blooper but I realise I'm actually really early and can afford to have some grub before I find the actual terminal building - only to find the flight is delayed by half an hour. I settle down to read my book and add a bit to my blog before finally my flight is ready to depart. We're in a fairly small aircraft, just two seats each side of the aisle and you have to walk up the steps into the plane from the tarmac. We are quickly airborne and as I'm in a window seat I can see all that's outside - which is mostly the tops of fluffy clouds! So much for seeing a bit of ... read more
The footpath alongside the fjord leading to Akureyri from the airport
Looking back towards Akureyri airport
Long tailed duck

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík April 4th 2015

Today is my last in Reykjavik for a few days as I'm flying up to the north of the country to a base in Akureyri, Iceland's second largest town. With bags sorted into 'to stay' and 'to go' I leave my large bag in the hands of Reykjavik Downtown Hostel's capable reception staff and head off for a few hours mooching on my way to the airport. I've decided to walk there via a few geocaches and hopefully a perusal of the Settlement Exhibition that's so far been closed for the duration of the religious holiday that is now known as annoyingly disruptive Easter! When I get to the exhibition entrance it's not looking too hopeful, but I push on the door and find that it IS open after all. I walk down the spiral staircase ... read more
The remains of a long house at the Settlement Exhibition
Ghostly figure capturing an auk or puffin at the Settlement Exhibition
Fantastic touch screen table at the Settlement Exhibition

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík April 3rd 2015

I have another free day before I fly off to Akureyri in the north of Iceland so I have a leisurely start to the day with a lovely porridge and raisin breakfast and a bit of a catch up on my blog. I realise I'm not going to be able to keep up with it all this holiday as there's just so much interesting stuff to do so I decide to do dribs and drabs and leave the rest until I get home. My trusty note book is always with me. I wonder if I sometimes make the tour guides nervous thinking I'm a 'mystery shopper'. On a coffee tour in Costa Rica someone actually asked me if I was a reporter because of my note book! No, I just have a really terrible memory and ... read more
Humpback whale and friends!
Humpback whale
Blue whale - biggest of them all!

Europe » Iceland » Southwest April 2nd 2015

We're gonna go 2-for-1 here cause I've been slacking, I apologize. Lots of travel and activity in the last 48 hours and the only free time if had is to sleep until now! We'll start with yesterday... My last day in beautiful Iceland 😢 I took the morning to sleep in after the late northern lights night, and then wander quickly into town to buy some post cards, yay! However I'm not sending very many only because the stamp costs 2x as much as the post card itself, aha! And then I almost died as a huge chunk of ice slipped off a roof RIGHT in front of me. The guy who slammed on his brakes to avoid it exchanged terrified glances with me! After that, I booked it back to the hostel for some lunch ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík April 2nd 2015

After two busy days touring punctuated by a very late night northern lights hunt I reward myself with a massive lie in! Well that's the plan but I find myself woken up early by a little ginger cat walking around my head! He's found his way into our dorm room via an open window - no wonder I'd been cold - open windows with minus temperatures outside - are you insane! He spends the next 10 minutes checking out everyone's luggage, playing with me and jumping up on all the beds. No-one else wakes up and I even get a couple of photos of him before he decides to head off outside again and try to find some food elsewhere. So back to sleep and my promised lie in. I let everyone else get up and ... read more
Solfar 'Sun Voyager' Sculpture
Sculpture park

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Mosfellsbaer April 1st 2015

Soooooo... Yesterday was like the coolest day ever (Both experience wise and temperature wise, aha)! I was originally planning on another lazy day before my northern lights tour at night but decided against it after reading of mount Esja. Just 20km North east of Rekjavik, this is the most prominent mountain on the coastline that has paths maintained by the city that are followed by thousands of hikers each year. Both getting there and getting up was a challenge! It was such a beautiful day so insider mind walked a but to the bus stop around the corner and up the road. From there I caught the 15 towards Mosfellsbær where I thought I would transfer soon to the 57. Turns out it only comes every hour and I had just missed it :( So to ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Snæfellsnes April 1st 2015

Another day dawns with brilliant sunshine and I begin to doubt the 'take waterproofs and a bikini just in case' advice I'd been given regarding daily clothes preparation. It seems Iceland is ONLY sunny for me. The pick up from my hostel works this time and I'm at the BSI terminal in plenty time. I have a quick sneaky peek of the two tour guides on offer with the two waiting coaches and head for the coach with the white bearded guy who is joking with people as they get on. It turns out his name is Hers-something which happily shortens either to Hussie (he points out this isn't too good if you're from the UK) so the alternative is Hersie. As we set off we find out that Hersie is a BIG talker. Lots of ... read more
Tunnel under Hvalfjordur
Sunlit mountains across the fjord
Mountain views on the way to Snaefellsnes

Europe » Iceland » Southwest March 31st 2015

Yesterday was another excursion day for me...but first I had some time to kill so I walked in a different direction up some paths and was once again, without a doubt, rewarded with an incredible view. Just when you think there can't possibly be anything around the next corner, a perfect peak proves you wrong! But anyways, this time I opted for the Icelandic Horseback riding tour which turned out to be an pretty darn good choice. Not only was it a heck of a workout - I've never really ridden a horse before and they things go damn fast when they wanna catch up to the rest of the group, lol - but the views that we got were unlike any other! We wound our way up the side of a mountain which was plopped ... read more
Pony Selfie

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