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  • Iceland The jewel in the crown Snæfellsnes

    The jewel in the crown: Snæfellsnes

    Snæfellsnes is one of my favourite places in Iceland. Last year I spent almost two weeks there and this summer I was keen to go back and see some new places there as well as some old favourites. Just a couple of hours from Reykjavík, Snæfellsnes is easily doable as a day trip but as I…

  • Iceland - West again – Road tripping in the Westfjords, Iceland

    West again – Road tripping in the Westfjords, Iceland continued

    A safe place to park, with a nice view, away from lights to take aurora photographs. Not much to ask right? Apparently yes as I continued my way around the Westfjords in Iceland. That huge solar storm failed to make an appearance up here though. After a lazy-ish morning of just going to the pool…

  • Iceland West again – Road tripping in the Westfjords, Iceland

    West again – Road tripping in the Westfjords, Iceland

    After leaving Ka at the airport (and conveniently collecting two friends who arrived just as he was leaving) I headed north again. It was a bit late in the day to go right into the Westfjords so I decided to find a place to camp near Eiríksstaðir, the site of Eiríkur Rauður’s farm and birthplace…

  • Iceland The Northern Fjords

    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…

  • Iceland’s best kept secret Vestmannaeyjar Westman Islands

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

    Basically a group of volcanos rising from the sea, the newest addition to Vestmannaeyjar is Surtsey, which was created after the 1963 eruption, the rest being between 10,000 and 12,000 years old, though Heimaey grew by two kilometers in the 1973 eruption which forced the islanders to move to the mainland for a few years.…

  • Solo Hiking in Hornstrandir, Westfjords

    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…

  • Iceland 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…

  • Iceland Road trip to the Icelandic Highlands Route 35

    Road trip to the Icelandic Highlands: Route 35

    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 to join me…

  • Iceland on a budget - How to save money on your Iceland trip

    Iceland on a budget: how to save money on your Iceland trip

    With budget airlines, Iceland is cheap and easy to get to from both sides of the Atlantic. However Iceland is insanely expensive. It’s expensive for travellers because the krona is so strong and it’s expensive for locals because everything costs so much. And that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. It is hard to go…

  • What should I bring? The ultimate Iceland hiking trip packing list

    What should I bring? The ultimate Iceland hiking trip packing list

    I am an outdoor gear junkie. I hate clothes shopping in general but put me in an outdoor shop and you had better take my credit card away from me. And so I love prepping my outdoor kit for hikes, making lists and checking things off. With that in mind here’s a handy Iceland hiking trip…

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