S and I are still trekking our virtual path around the Ring Road in Iceland. At long last, and after long stretches of flatlands and mountain passes, we have reached the East Coast.Continue reading “East Coast beauty”
At nearly 60% of the way around the Ring Road, we’re coming back up on coastline. But first, we pass some of its more famous waterfalls.Continue reading “Virtual Iceland: Famous Waterfalls”
There’s a Facebook meme going around. A bunch of them really. 10 things you are thankful for. 10 albums that impacted you. 10 parenting moments. 10 travel photos.
Ok so T – my friend from my Asia trip – tagged me in the travel photos challenge. 10 photos, 10 days, no explanation, tag someone else. (Yeah, my wall on FB is locked down tight and I’m not assigning homework to anyone. But if this inspires you, feel free to consider yourself challenged!
So: Day 10 of 10
Technically I can sleep in — check out is noon, my airport pickup is 1:30pm. And I was up so late (and I’ve been so obviously sleep-hungry) that you’d think a sleep-in would be just the thing. Continue reading “Day 4: Waiting”
A few hours after we get off the bus, a group of us are regathered in the lobby to make a dinner plan. Ellen has her heart set on a gastropub in town that serves (among other things) puffin. Terry is a more cautious eater, and throws out another suggestion. Di seems not to care so long as we don’t have to freeze to get there, and Mike is willing to do whatever. Continue reading “Day 3.5: Last night in Reykjavik”
The long days and sleepless nights and trading being ice cold and then swelteringly hot inside (all those layers to keep putting on and off) conspire to make me sleep literally every time the bus moves more than 10 minutes. I want to stay up and see things, I just literally can’t.
We get to the Golden Waterfall. We need to put ice grips on our shoes now; it’s still colder here than anywhere we’ve been and the ground is sheets of black ice. Continue reading “Day 3: Golden Circle (continued)”
The temperatures keep dropping (and will as we travel farther away from Reykjavik throughout the day), but it’s our last full day on the tour and there is a lot to see… Continue reading “Day 3: Golden Circle”
After we all come in from dinner, we stop and chat at the hotel bar. It’s after midnight when I head to bed.
Though I’m in a constant state of exhaustion, though I struggle to stay awake to see this country and hear what our guide is telling us about it every time I’m put on the bus… now that I should, I don’t sleep. Continue reading “Day 2.5: The Wind Howls”
After we return from the Blue Lagoon, we all return to our respective rooms to pull ourselves together and prepare to go out.
A few hours later, we step out for a circuitous walk into Reykjavik for shopping and then a cab ride to the Viking House restaurant and hotel across town. Continue reading “Day 2: Reykjavik, Vikings and Wine”
I’m up early to have breakfast- the buffet at the Radisson Blu Saga is quite extensive but, like a lot of places here, on the pricy side (by trip’s end we’ll realize it was among the cheapest options and easily the best value for food we’d seen) but it’s included for us as guests. I’m not generally a breakfast person but plenty of options are provided and I find something to satisfy. Continue reading “Day 2: Blue Lagoon”