Category: Islands of the North Atlantic

  • Reykjavik

    Reykjavik

    Simple day of sightseeing in the “big smoke”, such as it is here. The Cathedral (see feature photo) is much nicer, in my opinion, than the one by the same architect in Akurery. The top was visible at the top of the street our apartment was on, so we just walked straight up to it. […]

  • Þingvellir National Park

    Þingvellir National Park

    Last Icelandic rural or wilderness visit for us on this trip. Þingvellir (that first part is pronounced “Thing”, not sure about the last part) is east and slightly north of Reykjavik. It’s a big national park, taking in a large lake and all of the space between the dropped floor of a rift valley. Arguably […]

  • First steps along the Golden Circle

    First steps along the Golden Circle

    Today we travelled up to the north-east of here, to Gaysir, the big geyser, from which they all get their name. Close to there is Gulfoss Falls. These are the last of the big-name falls on our Iceland tour, which is just as well, because everything after will seem feeble and insignificant. These are great, […]

  • A loop around southern parks

    A loop around southern parks

    We had such a late start, yesterday, that we decided to have our lunch at the apartment before heading out. Of the four planned stops, the first was the Raaufarholshellir Lava Tunnels. It’s a commercial enterprise, so costs to go in. We’ve seen lava tunnels, so decided to give these a miss. Second spot was […]

  • A glacier and several waterfalls

    A glacier and several waterfalls

    Too late for much here. Hopefully I’ll get back to flesh this out tomorrow. Glacier (Solheimajokull) was the dustiest that I’ve seen: the bergs in the melt pool were mostly completely black. Also possible to walk quite close to the face, which is unusual. According to the histories, the face was once right at the […]

  • Technical works spanner

    So, there I was, sitting on the veranda of the latest digs, resting after a day’s drive with a beer and my phone, looking up something on maps. Screen went blank. Powered back up, and after the “Google” sting, black again. Couple of times. Went for the recovery-mode start-up and that went straight back to […]

  • Two capes near Vik: Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara Beach

    Two capes near Vik: Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara Beach

    Dyrhólaey is another free-standing block of tuff, connected to the mainland by a causway. It doesn’t have the Unesco status of yesterday’s, nor the Viking history, but it does have a road up to the top, and up there is a lighthouse and several magnificent views. Also close proximity to what seemed to be a […]

  • Deep south – Fjaðrárgljúfur and Hjörleifshöfði

    Deep south –  Fjaðrárgljúfur and Hjörleifshöfði

    Despite dire predictions from the Iclandic meteorology service for today, it’s turned out to be another beautiful day. Wind eased off, no rain, and even a bit of blue sky in the middle of the day. We headed back towards Vatnajokul this morning, through the strange moss-covered larva fields, in order to get to Fjaðrárgljúfur, […]

  • South via glaciers and waterfalls

    South via glaciers and waterfalls

    We checked out of our hotel near Hofn in the rain this morning (8th). Grim. Oh well. Now in character for how we imagined Iceland, instead of all the lovely weather we’ve been having. First stop was the Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon, to see the icebergs. This was a bit meh, I’m afraid. Rain, cold, lots […]

  • Tooling around the eastern fjords

    Tooling around the eastern fjords

    Today (7th) was a beautiful clear morning in Seydisfjordur, and after packing up and checking out, we discovered that the village itself was as shiny and picturesque as you could hope for. Also, it had an open coffee shop, albeit one in which the hipster barista explained that the pastries had finished at ten, and […]