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Europe » Iceland December 9th 2014

For English part it is below the French one Salut, Cela fait maintenant 5 jours que je suis en Islande, donc je vais vous donnez mes premières impressions. Tout d’abord je ne connais pas grand chose à propos de l'Islande sauf les choses communes. Ce qui m'arrange car je préfère me faire mon opinion personnel. Donc je suis arrivé en Islande,« nature » est le premier mot qui m'est venu à l'esprit. Vous arrivez à l’aéroport de Keflavik au sud ouest de l'Islande, qui est à 50 km de la capitale Reykjavík, pour rejoindre la ville vous pouvez louer une voiture ou prendre un bus, qui dessert certain hôtel sur la route, qui vous dépose au limite de la ville (des navettes desservent les hôtels de la ville). Keflavik est une jolie petite ville entourée par ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík December 1st 2014

This year for Thanksgiving, since I wouldn't be home with family, I decided to have a Friends-giving with all of the new friends I had met studying abroad. We each made a variety of dishes to share. I decided to make a corn casserole; since I couldn't find the Jiffy corn mix in stores here in the UK, I had to order it from Amazon. But, the dish turned out well and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We had a great time having dinner, wine and it was very cool sharing the Thanksgiving tradition with people, most of whom had never celebrated Thanksgiving before. We managed to fit fourteen people around the table, and we realized that we were all from eleven different countries! During dinner, we all went around and shared what we were thankful ... read more
Views of Reykjavik
Exploring the City
Northern Lights Tour

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík November 16th 2014

We set off early on the first morning to catch or flight to Reykjavik. We had no trouble getting through security and had time to sit down and grab some breakfast before getting on the plane. We arrived in Reykjavik a bit behind schedule, because of the bad weather in Dublin, our plane left late. We settled into our hotel called Reykjavik Lights and then headed to the pizzeria downstairs for some dinner. The pizzas were really tasty, and we tried the local beer, Viking, or as the locals call it, "Wicking". A bus was waiting for us outside the hotel to take us to the Blue Lagoon and the Northern Lights. On the way to the Blue Lagoon we learned a thing or two about Iceland. The population is only 330,000, with about 200,000 living ... read more
At Skalholt
The Church at Skalholt
Inside the Church

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík November 2nd 2014

I’m home! I left you off on my last day in Denmark. From there I made a drive which by Europe standards was lightyears long, but in reality it was only 600km to Bremen. It was actually a pretty nice drive and the weather was only terrible for the first half, but eventually the sun came out and I made good time. Bremen was just a brief stop on my way further south to Paderborn. Paderborn is a rather small city, but more people know about it now as they’re in the first Bundesliga. A friend from Canada, Fiona, is working at an elementary school nearby teaching English. Even though we got there on a Sunday, it was the last day of the fall fair so the city was bumpin! We ended up going for a ... read more
Fiona and Lukas!
Icelandic Countryside
Dennis and friends!

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík October 23rd 2014

Even still at Gatwick airport on the way to our adventure in Iceland we had evidence of Viking genes - where the Icelandic family in front of us in the queue were all taller than I, including mother and twelve year old son. We read in the Lonely Planet that a particular restaurant we would visit had an owner who was affectionately referred to as "The Hobbit" because of his height. Maria Chiara joked that it would be interesting to find out if I am shorter than the hobbit - low blow! As it happened he wasn't there that day so we'll never know. As well as bestowing the English language such words as "berserk" and "scorn", particularly significant is the word "saga". The Icelandic sagas are legendary. Iceland's early history of settlement is told in ... read more
Northern Lights
Tjornin Lake
Geysir

Europe » Iceland » Northwest October 10th 2014

Bye bye and hush-a-bye - can you see the swans fly Half asleep in bed I lie - half awake with half an eye. Hey ho and well-a-day Over the hills and far away That's where the little children stray To find the lambs at play. Icelandic lullaby. The Denmark Strait was clearly upset at us! We were thrown around the ship for one last time as we chugged towards Iceland. We had an unscheduled landing at the whaling station of Suðureyri, in the Northwest Fjords, mainly to get a break from the rough sea, but also because we were on an expedition, so the unexpected is to be expected. The station is a stark reminder of the dark age of commercial whaling in the oceans. It's a haunting view from the shore as the red ... read more
Suðureyri
Suðureyri Whaling Station
Northwest Fjords

Europe » Iceland September 17th 2014

On September 2nd I left Paris on Icelandair and flew back to Denver, Colorado. On the way to the U.S. , I took advantage of the airline's free stop-over offer and spent 3 nights and 4 days in Reykjavik. I was a bit apprehensive because the Bardarbunga volanco had been erupting for a few weeks, and, like everyone, I remembered the 2010 eruption of another volcano that spit up ash and caused many flights all over europe to be cancelled. I needn't have worried. The locals later told me that Bardarbunga was far from Reykjavik and wasn't spitting ash. (What they're fearing is an eruption under a glacier and massive flooding.)I arrived in Reykjavik about 9:30 in the morning and immediately went to the guesthouse where I was staying. It is conveniently located near the old ... read more
Hallgrimskirkja Church
Hallgrimskirkja Church
view of Reykjavik from top of church tower

Europe » Iceland September 14th 2014

It's been a while since our last travel blog and a lot has changed. We've gotten older, Kim graduated university, we bought a house and most recently - we got married! Apart from a few short weekend breaks to Rome and Dublin our travels have been limited but we're hoping to change that now, starting with this short "mini-moon" in Iceland followed by 3 weeks Vietnam at the end of the year which we're very much looking forward to. One of the things we enjoyed about travelling was writing these blogs to tell everyone what we've been up to and hopefully help other travellers who may stumble upon our posts. We're combining all 4 days into one blog - apologies if it's a bit long! So we'll begin at Heathrow airport where we boarded our Iceland ... read more
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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík September 3rd 2014

Hi everyone Peter here for a brief interlude! Before we boarded the boat we did a guided walk of the Western Walls of Southampton. Very interesting and historical. On the walk we befriended a local couple and joined them for a drink in the Red Lion, England’s second oldest pub, only 965 years old! Luckily the beer was fresher. There should be a photo of Sandy on the way to the ladies, which was up a creaky staircase and over a swaying floor. Conveniently the gents was downstairs. Boarding was fantastic. Late is best. We managed to get my two bottles of single malt on board undiscovered by the grog Nazis at the gangplank. It was great being back on the ship 12 months later. We knew where everything was but somehow I missed the journey ... read more
Red Lion
On the ship
French decore in the ship's cafe

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík August 29th 2014

Iceland was somewhere I’d wanted to visit for a long time, but the cost had always put me off. A pint of beer for twelve pounds, a puffin fillet for thirty quid – Iceland was one of the most expensive places to visit in the world. Then something happened to change this outlook: the Icelandic krona took a nose dive and, overnight, Iceland became an affordable destination. The Icelandair Boeing 757 delivered me punctually into Keflavik airport and I was soon aboard the Flybus heading into the city centre. The driver was a buxom blonde with rosy red cheeks. If she had been wearing animal hides, she could’ve passed as a Viking wife. The countryside was rocky, hostile and mossy. Later I learned the rocks were lava deposits, a legacy from the island’s volcanic heritage. The ... read more
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