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Month: March 2015

Iceland Day 14

Iceland Day 14

On the day we left Iceland the snow was coming down again hard. We’d been warned that we had to (as usual anywhere in the world) return the rental with a full tank of gas. We’d also been warned there would be a 50 Euro cleaning fee if we returned it dirty.  We’d been driving around in storms and over gravel for two weeks, so it was indeed dirty.  We asked at the hotel, but nobody knew where a carwash…

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Iceland Day 13

Iceland Day 13

On our last full day in Iceland we cancelled our northern lights jeep tour – so all we had scheduled was a set of reservations at the Blue Lagoon.  Before that we wandered around centrail Reyjkavik taking pictures and eating at the famous hot dog stand. On our way to the Blue Lagoon we visited the Perlan building for some shots over Raykavik. We stayed at the blue lagoon for about three hours. During that time we endured at least…

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Iceland Day 12

Iceland Day 12

On day 12 we’d planned to visit snaefellsjokull, but like so many things in the north, the road was closed. We decided to drive all the way around Snæfellsnes Peninsula instead, stopping wherever we were commanded. Most of the squiggly sign stops were uneventful, but one -Lóndrangar- made it worth it. On the southern tip of the peninsula were a series of high cliffs with volcanic formations called “sea stacks.” As the horrible wind howled I walked out onto the cliffs…

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Iceland Day 11

Iceland Day 11

We woke up to a howling gale of 20 meters per second in the fjord. It would last all day and make our sightseeing impossible. Instead we slowly inched back through the mountain pass, now much more dangerous. After two hours, we made it to the dock for the ferry, but the station was empty. The ferry wasn’t scheduled to arrive for another six hours so we tried to find local landmarks. The only thing we found was an outdoor…

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Iceland Day 10

Iceland Day 10

We headed further east towards Stykkishólmur, only stopping by the roadside to take photos. We arrived early so we ate at a little cafe, which had some really amazing fresh tuna and cheese in the salad bar. After eating we took pictures around town, including the lighthouse near the ferry. When we were halfway to the westfjords on the ferry we saw a heavy snowstorm outside with big giant flakes. This was the part of the trip I was most…

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Iceland Day 9

Iceland Day 9

We took a short detour from Akureyri to see the Christmas Village, which ironically isn’t open until April, and then headed for the basalt columns of Kalfshamarsvik.  Unfortunately, we were met with impassable snow drifts about a mile from the viewing site and had to turn around and drive all the way back down the peninsula. Our next stop was a bit hidden. We went down the road until it was closed and backtracked till we saw an information sign….

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Iceland Day 8

Iceland Day 8

We left Egilsstaðir in the morning and headed west across the top of the country.  Our first stop was to be Dettifoss, Europe’s largest waterfall. When we got to the road that holds Dettifoss only 30 kilometers away, we sped up, excited to see this amazing waterfall. When we turned into the road there were a few old SUV’s sitting on the side covered in snow and ice. We should have taken that as a warning. Then we got stuck in…

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Iceland Day 7

Iceland Day 7

We left skalafell and headed east towards the EastFjords. There were many incredible vistas of the cool blue fjords reflecting high mountain peaks. When we ate lunch in a small fishing town called Breiddalshreppur the waitress saw our map and let us know that route 1 was closed just up the hill. We tried to find bjandi waterfall on our original route but all we found was a dangerous snow covered road that eventually wound back around to the same…

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