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Jun 28, 2013 - Living on the (L)Edge (June 27)

Yes!  Someone up there believes in Karma.  After a very windy and grey night (sun still isn't really setting here!) I awoke to blue skies and no wind!  I don't know why I was so surprised; I did buy rain pants only yesterday! At this guest house we were able to make ourselves a lunch for 1,000 ISK (kronas), which we all did prior to boarding the bus for our second long hike of the tour.  The location Anna Lara wanted to bring us to is still under 2 metres of snow.  She found us another hike which would take us up and over a mountain to the...

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Jun 28, 2013 - In Search of Nirvana and Dry Clothes (June 26)

I am cuddled under my duvet and listening to Haydn's Creation.  A very appropriate piece to be listening to tonight as I have experienced so much a creation today.  We left the Islandia Hotel (you should google it so you can check it out!) and headed east.  The weather was very inclement and perfect for a travel day. As we departed we were full of hope the rain would let up as we arrived at our first stop.  Fortunately my thoughts of the weather were interrupted by the majesty of the Vatnajokull Glacier. This glacier is huge.  I was unable...

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Jun 25, 2013 - It's Been A Long, Challenging, and Beautiful Day

June 25 Well it started off as a beautiful day.  I am spoiled to be able to wake up to the view I have at the moment.  After a substantial breakfast (only carrying a Cliff bar for lunch during our hike) I took some time to catch up with everyone and everything.  I understand Chicago won the Stanley Cup.  I guess Iggy's decision to go to Pittsburg rather than Boston is no longer an issue as he wouldn't have won the cup either way! Calgary and southern Alberta I continue to be in awe of you!  The spirit to return ourselves back to our...

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Jun 24, 2013 - I Really Like It Here!

June 24 Wow! Big day today. I was going to hike on a glacier. This is a new found love from my Argentina/Antarctica trip of 2011. I am totally jazzed. Today's hike was one of the deciding factors for selecting this tour.  Of course I am well rested and ready to take on the day. I am happy to report there was no water all over my bathroom (~6' x 6' square) after my shower. I did have to get used to the sulphur like smell of the water; Iceland is fortunate that it does not need to heat water for use. They extract it preheated from the ground,...

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Feb 23, 2013 - Reykjavik à Vik

Aujourd'hui nous avons récupéré la voiture de location et sommes partis sur la route du sud. Temps nuageux mais quelques éclaircies et pas de pluie au départ. Premier arrêt à Hveragerdi (fumeroles et sources chaudes). Puis passage par deux villages au bord de la mer avec maisons typiques et colorées, plus un vent glacial. Retour vers Selfoss pour manger un bucket KFC ! Suite de la route vers deux chutes d'eau de 60 mètres de haut, dont une où on pouvait passer derrière. En arrivant il a commencé à pleuvoir mais comme la chute nous mouillait...

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Jul 19, 2012 - South Coast Tour

Thursday was our last tour with Iceland Guided Tours, the South Coast Tour. We had a new tour guide this morning, Javier. Originally from Spain, he had a Masters Degree in glaciology and had worked for an engineering firm, before falling victim to the financial crisis and now worked as a tour guide. With his science background, he made a great guide in terms of explaining the fascinating geology of Iceland. Our first stop was Skógafoss, meaning waterfall of the forest. At 60 meter tall and 25 meter wide waterfall, it is one of the biggest...

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Sep 15, 2011 - Vik

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Vik is a tiny village of 300 souls, perched on the southernmost point of Iceland. There is no land mass whatsoever between this point and Antarctica. There is a small formation slightly offshore; all that remains of a once massive cliff face that has been pulverized by the pounding waves of the Atlantic. A legend evolved that the fingers of basalt rising out of the sea were once three trolls who were towing a wrecked ship to shore. When dawn approached, they were transformed to stone by the rays of the sun. The black...

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Sep 14, 2011 - Southern Iceland

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND On March 21, 2010 a volcano that had not been active for almost 200 years erupted beside a glacier of the same name, Eyjafjallajökull. Thousands of small earthquakes had disturbed the area for over a month. Officials sent phone messages to 450 local residents urging them to evacuate immediately as it was impossible to predict what would happen next. There were grave concerns that the eruption could trigger an even bigger eruption at the nearby Karla volcano, causing the icecap to melt resulting in widespread flooding and...

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Sep 3, 2005 - The Golden Circle of Iceland

I am humbled by the raw beauty here. The landscape is dramatic and unusual, something that you would almost expect from a science fiction movie at times. Today we travelled what is known as the "Golden Circle" which covers areas frequently visited by tourists and locals alike. Our first stop was at Pingvellir National Park which holds historical significance as being the site where Iceland's Parliament began first meeting in 930 AD. Pingvellir itself is a huge rift valley where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet and are...

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Jul 20, 2005 - Skaftafell NP (is)

20 juli 2005 fórum til Vestmannaeyja 18. júlí med flugi frá Bakka. vorum komin kl.3 og byrjuðum á því að fara í bátsferð vestur fyrir eyna og það fannst Agli frábært, sérstaklega þegar báturinn valt í öldunum. sváfum í Herjólfsdal um nóttina og vöknuðum eldsnemma. Morgunmatinn borðuðum við á teignum við holu 2 og síðan löbbuðum við niður í Kaplagjótu til að henda steinum í sjóinn. Síðan rúntuðum við um alla eyju. Borðuðum 2. morgunmat úti í Stórhöfða innan um ágengar rollur og teigðum síðan úr tánum í svörtum sandi. Tíminn leið alltof...

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Aug 25, 2004 - 7/8 August - The first two days

We left early, travelling down the M1. It was worrying to see signs saying that the motorway was shut around Luton but we took an alternative route and reached Ealing by 10 a.m. We left the car there and were at Heathrow in plenty of time to join a long queue. At Keflavik we were met by an Arctic Experience bus. We had our first sight of the flat treeless landscape of that part of Iceland. Most of the ground was covered in rough solidified lava. After 40 minutes we reached the suburbs of Reykjavik, consisting of modern buildings at low...

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