Last day in Reykjavik

Today is the last day of our journey. We’re traveling back to Reykjavik where we will spend the night and leave bright and early for the airport tomorrow morning. The skies are mostly clear, a nice change after so much rainy weather. The temps are pretty mild too, low to mid 40’s. We went by …

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Windy West Iceland

After breakfast we packed up and headed to the coast in Northwest Iceland to see the 15 meter high sea dragon off the Vatnsnes peninsula just as the sun rose. The legend goes that Hvítserkur is a petrified troll. The troll lived in the Westfjords and wanted to tear down the bells of the Þingeyraklaustur convent. The Icelandic …

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Trekking across Northern Iceland

We stayed two nights in the Icelandair Mývatn Hotel, a nice change of pace allowing us to slow down a little. Today we’re back on the road. We dressed warmly because it’s also the coldest day so far with temps forecasted in the low 20’s and teens. It definitely felt that cold in Mývatn. We …

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Craters, mazes, and steaming baths

We woke up to snow this morning. The ground was white and the wind whipped the banner outside the window as we had breakfast in the cozy dining room at the hotel. Poor Chandler has a full fledged cold now and wasn’t feeling great having not slept well last night. After breakfast Matt and Riley …

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“Ice”land

The sun shone all day today. Even though the sun never gets very high above the horizon, the pink and blue light was a welcome sight! The light is really incredible. It’s like dawn for hours and then a very slow sunset until the last of the light fades away around 4:30 PM. We slept …

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Northern Lights really do exist!

This morning we decided to sleep in since we’ve been going non-stop since Monday and, unfortunately, it’s raining once again. Matt and I would have lingered over coffee longer after breakfast but Riley was impatient to get moving so we threw our bags together and hopped in the car. Today’s drive in East Iceland took …

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Fire and Ice

Today started out pretty bad. First, the hótel fire alarm sounded a little before 6 AM and didn’t stop. The rooms are situated down three long parallel halls. Matt and Chandler were near the end of the first hall and ours the last one on the third, basically as far apart as possible. We got …

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Moonscape

We woke to a windy rainy morning with temperatures around 40 degrees, so not too cold but pretty wet and definitely dark. The lights from the Friðheimar greenhouse illuminating the sky were visible from miles away. Our first stop of the day was at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only one of its kind in …

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The Golden Circle

Matt and Riley woke up bright, early and ready for breakfast at 6 AM. Probably because they both went to right to sleep after dinner last night, or possibly because they were really hungry. Chandler and I weren’t the slightest bit tired last night so we were reluctant to get up when clock went off …

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