Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Þingvellir, You Little Beauty

Something I have realised this summer is that I'm a bit of a National Park nerd (particularly when adding the labels into this post and four or five different parks appeared), so it won't surprise you that Þingvellir was one of the places I was most excited to visit on the Golden Circle tour in Iceland. Þingvellir is particularly important, not just a gorgeous location to visit. It was Iceland's first UNESCO heritage site, and is significant historically, culturally and geologically. Unsurprisingly, with all that going on, it definitely did not disappoint.




Monday, 20 October 2014

Discovering the Golden Circle with Time Tours Iceland

"Did you see the red sunrise?" Rúnar asked us as we clambered into the minibus.

There was to be no off- road- never- before- driven- mountain- tracks today (sorry to disappoint you all). Three of us, plus Rúnar, reuniting from our Northern Lights tour two nights before (the night we'd been unsuccessful). We had a quick stop to pick up Áslaug, also from Time Tours, before we headed on our way for our day exploring the Golden Circle. The sun rises later in the North, and at 8,30am it was still climbing in the sky as we drove away from Reykjavik. We'd missed the red as we swung around to leave Reykjavik, Rúnar told us it had been caused by the pollution from the Bardabunga volcano.

Such a beautiful place

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Hunting the Northern Lights with Time Tours, Iceland

My bag slid off the seat, as I clutched to the edges of it in spite of having a seatbelt on. I wasn't far from the front of the minibus, but couldn't see in the darkness where we were headed. I was almost convinced, at the angle the bus sat as we stopped, that we were going to topple over, die and never be found. In the darkness, half way up a mountain. Or maybe it was a volcano. The bottom of the minibus had scraped along the rocks below on the "track" we were climbing. The bus had stopped at a rather uncomfortable angle when Rúnar looked around with a smile on his face and announced,

"I've never driven up this track before."

On top of the mountain with The Arch above us

Friday, 17 October 2014

Reykjavik Rules!

Reykjavik is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen, with it's colourful Nordic style buildings and the sea right behind the city centre, and mountains gazing over the water. The most northern city in Europe, and one of the smallest, everything is more or less within walking distance. It makes for a great day to explore and visit famous sights around the city, and end the day in the perfect relaxing way all Icelander's do. Here's how I spent a day in Reykjavik.

Looking over the gorgeous Reykjavík

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Beautiful Blue Lagoon

If you haven't heard about anything else in Iceland, you're sure to have heard about the Blue Lagoon, in fact if you're visiting, it's probably at the top of your itinerary. Yes, for sure, it's touristy, and yes it is expensive (especially in comparison with the seven geothermal pools in Reykjavik), but it's a must.

Isn't it a gorgeous

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