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All the usual places and the Northern Fjords

  It’s a hard one when you’re showing friends and family around somewhere you live. I’ve been to Gullfoss and Geysir loads of times. Not to say they’re not beautiful but… well… I’d like to see different places. And so with Cearbhall stopping over on the way back from visiting friends in the States a compromise of a mixture of new and old was decided on. After a long, long, long but beautiful drive down from Ísafjörður, a visit to […]

Iceland’s best kept secret: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

In the rush to run off to the Westfjords writing up my trip to Vestmannaeyjar was put off, forgotten about and finally remembered! A friend of mine, a Croatian journalist, loves Vestmannaeyjar more than any part of Iceland. He wants stories wherever he goes, and he says you can really feel the story of the people there, their lives, how nature controls it and of course the pace of island life. Really needing a break from work, life and everything else; I took his […]

Solo Hiking in Hornstrandir

Solo Hiking in Hornstrandir, Westfjords

Can I take a look at your map? Sure. Do you mind if I take a photo of it? No, go ahead… wait, do you not have a map? No but it’s ok, we’re not going far. Yeah just to Hornvík. (A route indicated as challenging on my map.) This is not a place you want to go hiking without a map. So went the conversation I had with three American tourists on the boat over to Veiðileysufjörður, on Hornstrandir. […]

Secret Hot Springs in Iceland: Hrunalaug

Sometimes you just want to soak the cares of life away. Alone. Not in a spa. Which is why you head to a secret (well not that secret – but not famous at least) hot spring. And after climbing a volcano or two, hitch-hiking into Selfoss to collect my car from the mechanic (who also got it re-tested for me – takk akk kærlega fyrir það!) I decided I needed to head to Hrunalaug, a secret Icelandic hot spring just outside Flúðir. (My […]

South Iceland Road Trip- Gljúfrabúi, Skaftafell and Háifoss

South Iceland Road Trip: Gljúfrabúi, Skaftafell and Háifoss

I’ve been crazy busy between an interesting little side project and the bill paying job; and between one thing and another including my ever dodgy non-starting car starter our trip to Skaftafell got put off for a few weeks but the forecast was good and I was full of high hopes when Ásta picked me up one Saturday for our South Iceland Road Trip. After stocking up in Bonus and Vínbúðin, because chasing all these waterfalls is hungry and thirsty work, we headed […]

Survival Guide how to speak Icelandic

Survival Guide on how to speak Icelandic (or at least try!)

On a clear day I can see Eyjafjallajökull when I go riding. You know the volcano. The one no one can pronounce. Actually one of the little joys of my day is making tourists say it. I’m mean like that. Much like anything it’s not so hard if you know how (ey-yeah-fytl-la-jook-utl or at least that’s my non-phonemic phonetic approximation). I’m am doing my best to learn Icelandic. With just a book, some apps and re-runs of Trapped or listening to […]

Road trip to the Icelandic Highlands

Road trip to the Icelandic Highlands

With the mountain roads finally open I’ve been dying to head off on a road trip to the Icelandic Highlands. Currently my tent is aboard a boat that is somewhere between the Faroe Islands and Iceland, so rather than sleeping in my car (not really to be advised) my tent-rich friend Ásta decided join me in a loop over the highlands and west Iceland the other week.               The weather wasn’t looking great (windy Iceland-style is a […]

Sibeal Turraoin Travel Blog 5 Pictures that will make you want to visit Iceland

5 Pictures that will make you want to visit Iceland

Do you really need a reason to visit Iceland? You do – ok, here are five! 5 Pictures that will make you want to visit Iceland Wonderful Waterfalls There are waterfalls everywhere. Literally everywhere. Some like Gullfoss are really famous, some like Bruarfoss are a bit harder to find – and totally worth it. Vast Volcanos Iceland was formed by volcanos and they are everywhere. Some are extinct – like this one Kerið, some are dormant and some like Eyjafjallajökull […]

The Lava Tube Inside an Icelandic lava tunnel

The Lava Tube: Inside an Icelandic lava tunnel

Can you imagine walking through a cave, covered in crystals, the walls dripping like with blood that was formed by molten hot lava created more than a thousand years before the pyramids were built? Well honestly I couldn’t either which is why the other week I visited the Lava Tunnel to find out! The Lava Tunnel is a lava tube that was created around 5200 years ago during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred east of the Bláfjöll mountains, just a short drive from […]

The Icelandic Horse & Horse-riding in Iceland, Núpshestar. © Núpshestar

Horse-riding in Iceland

The Icelandic horse is one of Iceland’s biggest (but not literally – they’re quite small) and cutest attractions and horse-riding in Iceland in Iceland is big business, there are stables just about everywhere offering tourist treks. I am really looking forward to a horseback archery course at the end of the summer and I’ve only ridden once in the last year so I needed to get back into the saddle (excuse the pun). If you’re interested in horse-riding, or just want to try […]

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