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Jul 7, 2017 - Dalvik whale watching

Went whale watching on the fjord today. Absolutely gorgeous scenery. Saw at least 8 humpback whales. Also had the opportunity to fish on board. Many did and caught a number of Atlantic Cod which they filleted and barbecued when we got back to shore. Everyone said it was wonderful. walked around town and went out to lunch. Everything in Iceland is very expensive. Coffee is $5-6 and our hamburgers (portobello for me) were $30. Some fun facts. Iceland has approximately 330,000 people, but there are more sheep than people. Because of their...

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Jul 6, 2017 - Trip to Godafoss waterfall and Lake Myvatn

After a hearty breakfast our bus drove us to Godafoss - the waterfall of the gods. Amazing sight - the rushing waters fall 40 feet into the river below. Legend has it that one of the leaders of the country's parliament disposed of his statues of Norse gods at this waterfall when the country adopted Christianity as the official religion in the year 1000. Then off to the Lake Myvatn area sculpted over tine through volcanic eruptions. Visited the Namaskard geothermic area with numerous fumaroles and hot water rivulets. Then to Dimmuborgir -...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Travel to Akureyri

Long bus ride. Stopped st the Eiriksstadir Museum, home of Erik the Red, father of Lief Eiriksson. Learned about the history and their lives in 1000 AD. Visited a horse farm. Watched a demonstration of the Iceland. Horses and what makes them different. Since 1000 no other horses have been allowed in the country and Icelandic horses that leave the country are not allowed back in. Maintains the health and integrity of the breed. Our horses have 4 gaits - walk, trot, cantor and gallop. Icelandichorseshave 5 -walk, trot, tilt, gallop and pace...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Akureyri

According to our guidebook Akureyri has only about 1,000 hours of sunshine annually. We really lucked out. The entire day we had bright sunshine and blue skies, so important when you are on a tour where everything you want to do and see is outside. We crossed the Arctic Circle to get here, but the climate is remarkably temperate due to prevailing winds from the south. It has already snowed in the mountains that ring the town, but in town it’s a big deal if they get a foot of snow and it readily melts again. When Iceland was at its worst...

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Aug 26, 2016 - On the road to Akureyri - Day 7

Another day on the road..... This time from Borgarnes in the west to Akureyri in the north, our greatest driving distance. We had kind of a funny incident before we got started this morning. We were all waiting on the bus while our tour guide settled the bill with the hotel. He got back on and said the hotel reported that one of us had been charging beer to their room and had failed to pay the bill. He called out the room number, no one claimed it, so he went back in to find out the name. Turned out it was mine! Someone from another group...

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Living Our Dream

Aug 7, 2016 - Akureyri

This morning we changed the mode of transport to horseback. After riding through the fields and across a flowing creek we arrived back at the barn. The Icelandic horses we were riding are small but very sturdy, strong and acclimated to the harsh Icelandic weather. From there it was back in the car and off to Hofsos and the Emigration Museum. Almost 15,000 Icelanders emigrated to Canada, North Dakota and Brazil in the late 1800s due to ferocious weather, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and economic misery. At the time they represented a...

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Iceland

May 28, 2015 - North Iceland

Dalvik, Iceland Iceland is COLD and it snowed on us! Of course, we also had rain, sunshine, gray clouds and blue skies but the most memorable was the incredibly cold, ferocious wind. We left behind the green of eastern Iceland and drove through the sand desert of Mödrudal (lowest temperature ever recorded in Iceland, -36.4 F, was recorded here in 1918). The highlands are very barren. So much so, the astronauts trained here for the moon landing. It’s not hard to see why NASA used this area. It’s relatively flat and just black sand and rock...

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May 16, 2015 - what goes in...

There I was minding my own business heading out of Reykjavik, and up pops this tunnel...with a 7% grade? And a kind of corkscrew descent under a bay...wow. I am quite certain we have not been on a grade like that in tunnel. After a similar climb out of same tunnel, we emerge to enjoy volcanic lava everywhere, scrubby grass, horses, rain, horses, snow, lava, more snow, fjords, a few sheep, a few more horses. We are heading north to the top of the island with more rugged peaks, snow covered, ice and snow fields. Oh yes, it's cold, averaging...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Saturday, June 22, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013 This morning Sigurbjorn, his wife, Brynja, their sons, Einar, Eggert Arni and Magnus Thorkell and Einar's friend, Katrin, came to visit. We were very glad to finally meet Sigurbjorn; I feel like I've “known” him all his life. (He was born in 1971.) We were very impressed with the young people; Einar, who will be 16 in September, was very comfortable with us and a great conversationalist. Katrin, too. Eggert will be 13 in October – a perfect almost-teenager. Magnus was 8 in February was very quiet, but he stayed with...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013 Seems like a long time ago since this morning! I'm surprised that it's still Sunday! We've been to church twice today! The first time was as Hallgrimmskirkja where we attended the 11:00 service. We went by ourselves because E and GE went to a gathering with the family of her aunt. The size of the congregation was moderate – 120 maybe? The precession began with an organ trumpet fanfare that was awesome. The procession included the Cross, 4 torches, 2 lectors, 2 pastors and the choir. The choir was practicing before the...

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Jun 22, 2013 - Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013 Today is our 49th wedding anniversary. This morning Jim and I went to visit “the Pearl” while Einar and Gudrun Edda went to the hospital to visit her aunt. The Pearl is a large white building that has a big blue dome in the middle and five cylinders around it. It was built as a storage facility for the hot water that comes in from the hot springs to provide heat and hot water for Reykjavik; when it was no longer needed for that purpose they converted it into a restaurant and 360 degree viewing platform over looking the...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013 Last night we went out at 11:30 to see the sunset. It set shortly after midnight and was beautiful! There were clouds at the horizon so we didn't see it set into the sea but the colors were lovely. Before we went home we drove over to the golf course where there were people playing golf – it was 12:30 a.m. We went there not to see the golfers, but to see the arctic terns – thousands of them feeding over the grass. They're very aggressive and will dive-bomb people, dogs, etc. They're very graceful and at times fill...

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