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Jul 19, 2018 - Vik

July 19th You have a new journaller, Pam. Linda has returned home as her mother will be undergoing an unplanned surgery. She will update everyobne. Her sister , Bev and family are with her. So two strangers in the night are travelling together, Linda's friend and Linda's cousin. Darlene loves to cook and I enjoy writing the journal. We started off heading towards the Glacier Lagoons, a 2 hour drive. We passed through 3 different types of landscapes. Little farms were nestled back against green cliffs that were often dotted with white little...

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Iceland and Denmark

Jan 15, 2018 - Southern Iceland in 7 Days

When my BF presented me with his dream of being in Iceland for New Years Eve I immediately said yes. To be fair, I say yes to him way more than I say no because he's generally full of good, fun ideas and I like to see him smile. But, regardless, I said Sure! Sounds like fun! and I began the research part of our adventure. Thankfully we live close enough to Montreal that flying direct into Reykjavik was an option for us. WOW Airlines,which I'd never heard of and thought sounded pretty suspicious, turned out to be a really decent budget...

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Jul 30, 2017 - South Shore Excursion

The south shore of Iceland is perhaps one of the prettiest and most rugged areas in all of Iceland. The landscape is dotted with volcanoes in every direction, fantastic waterfalls dressed with single and double rainbows, dark black sandy beaches with phenomenal basaltic rock columns, and wild seas, sea stacks, as well as fabulous puffin colonies. Our journey started in Rekjavik, included Seljalanofoss Waterall, Skogafoss Waterfall, Eyjafjallajokull Glacier and Volcano, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Solheimajokull Lake and Glacier, and...

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Aug 11, 2016 - Glacial Lagoon

Today was a steady fog/mist/rain that is apparently common on the south coast. Due to all the moisture the plains and fields are a vivid green and even the areas covered with volcanic rubble are green with a heavy layer of moss. We took an amphibian boat ride in a glacial lagoon at the base of the Breidamerkurjokull glacier in Jokulsarlon. The icebergs break off the glacier then float and grind together in the deep blue waters of the lagoon. We then visited Vatnajokull National Park where there was a devastating flood in 1996 when an...

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Iceland

Sep 20, 2015 - We are tied to the sea

Yesterdays meat soup battle attempted to sideline me, no dice. I woke up this morning very tired (16 hours on a bus will do that) but excited to embark on my final Icelandic tour. I really can't believe how quickly this trip is going. It's been very busy and full but I'm incredibly relaxed. Once again armed with a full rain suit we ventured back to the south coast. For someone who isn't outdoorsy, I have used that suit, a LOT. There were only 6 of us today and they thought I was "very clever" to have brought a rain suit and been prepared...

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Where's Lauren?

May 25, 2015 - Hot Springs, Waterfalls and Vik

Vik, Iceland This was a REALLY full day of activities. After an orientation tour of Reykjavik, we headed east to visit Iceland's newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheidavirkjun. We never learned how to pronounce the name but we learned a lot of other things. The building has 2 wings – each representing the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The atrium in the center represents the fissure between them. The plates here are being pulled apart rather than forced together like in the Pacific Ring of Fire. Inside the...

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May 17, 2015 - A town called Hofn...not Vik

Hiking up to see three waterfalls, some mud, some rain, searching for the Loch Ness type denizen of the lake at eglistaddir which has been spotted since the 1500s. Last Youtube video makes it look like an oarfish. Who knows. Negative sightings. Some 17 degree grades up and down and these kind of blind hills where you get to the crest and aren't quite sure what the road does on the other side. Most of the time it just keeps going straight. Down. The vistas keep changing. We got a few snowflurries as we took a short cut on 18 km of unpaved...

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Oct 1, 2013 - The Black Sand and a Zillion Stars

September 30th A homemade breakfast was at 8:30am, which included amazing bread, a mini waffle and vegetables and I was SO happy to finally get some green tea! After checking out, me, Shell, Blink and the US guys all drove down to the Black Sand beach. It was rainy and windy, but still very cool. I had never seen black sand before! Then we drove to another part of the beach, which allowed us to see some stones called the Three Kings and a couple caves, which I walked to. Blink had the great idea of having everyone jump on the sand and take...

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Euro Trip 2013

Sep 30, 2013 - Iceland Countryside

September 30th This morning I checked out of my hostel and rented a car for two days. I was planning on driving North, however the woman at Pro Car recommended going South, instead. The weather up North can be very unpredictable with snow and ice, so she advised me otherwise. I drove South - the landscape was astonishing! I would turn around a mountain and see glaciers in the background, beautiful waterfalls and open pastures filled with sheep, cows and horses roaming free. There were waterfalls coming out of the middle of many stone...

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Euro Trip 2013

Aug 10, 2013 - Day 4---The South Shore

Saturday was our final full-day tour, this time travelling to the south shore of Iceland, site of the most recent volcanic activity. This includes frequent eruptions in the offshore Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar); the volcanic island Surtsey, newly formed in 1963, and the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which disrupted air traffic across much of Europe for several weeks. Near the end of our south shore circle, we were treated to hundreds of puffins along the coast, flying (with their short wings), resting on the cliffs, and...

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Jun 30, 2013 - Deja Vu (June 30)

Well today I have been reliving some scenes of my youth. First I enjoyed porridge for breakfast that tasted almost as good as when my Granny,  Mammo, and Mum made it.  Like really good!   I also had the largest Red Delicious apple ever.  When I first started eating it I needed both hands!  Don't worry Mum I didn't dribble any down the front of my shirt this time! Then as we headed out for our day of adventure yet it sought us out first.  Anna commented the door was very loud and pulled to the side of the road to reopen and close it.  Well...

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Jun 30, 2013 - God Is Good (June 28 & 29)

It has been so great I am enjoying a beer as I write this .... Friday morning heralded our departure from Borgarfjorour-Eystri.  It was hard to leave this little piece of utopia in the middle of nowhere.  We have places to go and things to see.  There were a lot of sheep along the roads and it meant Anna had to be even more attentive when driving.  The sheep here run free after the shearing season and are rounded up in late August/September and returned back their farm.  As a result there are sheep everywhere! We stopped in Egilsstadir for...

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