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There’s no place like home: County Waterford, Ireland.

There’s no place like home right? The last few weeks have been pretty busy preparing for a long-overdue summer trip home. Aside from catching up with friends and a million errands, I’m most looking forward to spending time with the family of course and driving around the Déise in Co Waterford, revisiting some favourite sites. Copper Coast Drive Waterford’s Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark extends along the county’s stunning coastline. Explore its length to uncover cliffs, hidden coves and sea stacks. Pic @irishskies […]

5 Unmissable places to visit in Ireland

This is an incredibly hard list to write. I mean incredibly. So I’m cheating a little and adding some together. Look it’s my list so I can ok? Some of these are pretty touristy but then again there’s a reason for so many people going there. The Islands A post shared by Discovery Gallery (@discovery.gallery) on Nov 16, 2017 at 7:18am PST This is totally cheating but the Blaskets, the Skelligs or the Aran Islands will all blow you away, […]

The Family in Akranes and Ísafjörður

The Family in Akranes and Ísafjörður

(This was written in July but between one thing and another I’m only posting it now. Just in case you think Iceland looks this sunny and warm in October. It doesn’t!) One of the things that you just can’t escape when you’re living abroad is, no matter how much you love the country, or how great a group of friends you have – you will miss your family. And that’s why it was so nice to meet up with aunts and […]

The Pearl of Reykjavík: Perlan

The Pearl of Reykjavík: Perlan

If you visit Reykjavík you’ll probably notice a large glass dome building perched up on top of a hill Öskjuhlíð. Well that’s Perlan, a former water reservoir and now cafe, natural sciences museum and viewpoint, and it’s well worth a stop. Built in 1988 and designed by Ingimundur Sveinsson, Perlan was originally just a hot water reservoir, designed to hold 1 million gallons of geothermal hot water and in 1991 the glass dome was added. Recently I stopped by to check out the new Glaciers and […]

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 was coming from the Westfjords I decided to take the ferry from Brjánslækjar to Stykkishólmur. It takes about the same length of time as driving but at least you […]

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 in Bolungarvík, I drove around from Flateyri to Suðavík noting places for aurora watching. I had the genius (and modest) idea of marking them on […]

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 of Leifur Eiríksson. After driving up and down a washboard gravel road trying to find the campsite, I finally called and was told it […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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