turtletotem said: My family almost moved to Iceland when I was 13 so this is a fascinating look at the road not taken! It looks like you guys had a great time, I’m so glad!
It’s amazingly beautiful out there, and very open and empty - there are only 330,000 Icelanders living there, more or less, so a lot of the time you don’t see any other cars for miles. It would certainly be an interesting place to grow up, and veeeery different from even rural areas of other countries - there’s rural and then there’s Iceland, where sometimes the only food source for an hour and a half is a tiny backroads gas station if you don’t own your own farm. Puts a new definition to living off the land!
jabletown said: wow, looks awesome!
IT WAS SO AWESOME.
skiesofaugust said: Ahh I’ve always wanted to go horse-riding in Iceland! I’ve heard the horses are very docile, so it’s pretty easy even for people who can’t ride very well. How was your experience? :)
I’m a reasonably experienced rider, so it was pretty easy for me - the horses were a little fractious (Spicy’s kept trying to cut mine off so he could go in front, and mine tugged at the reins a bit ;D) but the ride was beautiful and the guide matches the pace to your abilities, so I would think that most people would find it easy going.The landscape is rugged in places, so it really would depend on how well the guide adapts to the riders. Even so, we had a great time doing it and were both sorry our time was so short!
Anywhere else I’m pretty sure Icelandic horses would be considered ponies, so in any case if you fall off it’s not far to the ground ;3
It’s taken me a few days to go through and touch up all my Iceland photos, but here are a few of my favourites! We had an amazing time and the country is just exquisitely beautiful, as I’m sure you can see. I definitely want to go back sometime in the winter to see the Northern Lights, and the ice caves when they’re stable enough to go inside!
From icy glacier to volcanotop, and every landscape inbetween.
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Spicy looks really grumpy in this photo but she was just thinking hard apparently ;)
Home tomorrow, but we’ve had a lovely time and today in Reykjavik has been really relaxing. A holiday round-up of my best photos to come once I get home and have a chance to sort through them!
The strongest waterfall in Europe, Dalfoss, with it’s attendant rainbow! Spicy and I promptly got lost on an old trail (that was marked exactly the same as the regular trail mind you!) around here and ended up wandering around the scree getting increasingly worried about making our 5pm whale watching tour in Husavík (we made it). I got pretty uncomfortable sunburn today though which is going to haunt me I think XD
Whale watching was pretty fun - I was hoping for a blue whale but that didn’t happen. What we did see was four or five minke whales and a lot of humpbacks, some very close to the boat.
We also picked up a hitchhiker today which was a first for both of us- a Latvian volunteer worker named Madara who was very nice. Not something I would do anywhere but Iceland but something to tick off my list of life experiences!
Tomorrow: the Phallological Museum of Iceland, which is the largest collection of penises in the world, followed by the second largest city in Iceland, Akureyri!
Today was another long drive, broken up by a horse ride through Iceland’s only forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, followed by another trek over snow-laden mountains to beautiful Myvatn, the northern nature baths with blue mineral-laden geothermal water. Shame about the massive clouds of mosquitoes around the local lake, which while they don’t bite are in swarms thick enough that it’s a good idea to keep your mouth shut while walking around outside!
No photos of the horses on my phone, I’m afraid (sorry Syn!) but here is the nature bath in all its sulphurous glory.
No photos today as I didn’t take any on my phone (they’re all on my camera and I don’t have my laptop to transfer them - this is coming directly via my iPad,) but today was pretty awesome even though we thought it might be boring. We went for a swim in a geothermal pool in Höfn, drove over the mountains and across snowfields on gravel roads to Egilsstaddr, found a pistachio hut (it’s a bizarre drinks hut, totally unmanned, in the middle of nowhere, which is painted green; however it ate our money!) and an artist’s tiny hut (long since left as a tourist spot) before renting out a tiny tiny hut for the night that might as well be a playhouse but is very cozy and cute. So a very good day!
Tomorrow: horseback riding and a soak at the Myvatn nature baths!
My boss did try to warn me that my internet friend might turn out to be crazy and push me in a crevasse…
Beautiful breakfast at our guesthouse Grund, which took us in when the rented tent from hell refused to yield its secrets to our sleep-deprived and rain-lashed waifnesses last night. Spicy slept for like another hour after I got bored and went to eat this ;)
These light evenings are going to take some getting used to. It’s 10:30pm here in Iceland and it’s still full daylight outside. It’s one thing to expect it intellectually and entirely different to experience it.
Soon as I got back to my room after dinner and closed the curtains my brain went OH THANK GOD and started powering down into sleep mode (the light is really confusing to my circadian rhythms I guess) so I am going to go to sleep and look forward to seeing Spicedpiano first thing tomorrow morning :3
Tomorrow afternoon (UK time) I am flying out to Iceland to spend almost two weeks with my darling spicedpiano <3
We’ll be mostly without internet I suspect since we are camping in the Icelandic countryside (like fugitives/explorers/apocalypse survivors/people who ever venture outside of their own volition!) so if you don’t hear from me then don’t worry, I probably haven’t fallen down a crack in a glacier and died or fallen in a volcano and died :3
Of course those things might happen but Spicy isn’t legally allowed to drive our rental car so it’s in her best interests to prevent them from happening.