I am so sorry I am running very late with my Iceland blog! As soon as a left Iceland I have been busy travelling to the UK for a home visit and now I am back in the Mediterranean and have been enjoying the sunshine and the lovely food and wine! I will let you know what I have been up to in my upcoming blog. For now, here is Iceland:
What a cruise I had around Iceland, it was fantastic and lovely weather too, which always makes everything better! I went to Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Grundarfjordur and Reykjavik.
Seydisfjordur is in the east of Iceland and is surrounded by fjords. It is a charming small Icelandic village with a church, a few small shops and cafes/bars. The day I was there it was a beautiful sunny day, so you saw the reflection of the buildings and fjords in the water. When we were here we just enjoyed a walk around and took it easy as we knew we were going to go on tours for the next were days!
Akureyri was the second Iceland port and is in central northern Iceland. When we were there we went to visit Godafoss Waterfall, Namaskaro Pass, Dimmuborgir and Lake Myvatn.
My favourite part of the day was visiting Godafoss Waterfall and Namaskaro Pass. Godafoss waterfall was amazing to see and means ‘Water to the Gods’. It is one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, that is rushing with glacial water of the Skjalfandafljot River. Namaskaro Pass is one of the most volcanic areas in Iceland and there are boiling hot mud pools with dense vapours of sulphur, after a while though the sulphur gets to you!
We also visited Dimmuborgir was where lava formations were left and are in lots of different shapes and we saw Lake Myvatn where large craters are. We had a lovely lunch of cauliflower soup, followed by trout and veggies.
Grundarfjordur was our next port that is on the north shore of Snaelfellsnes Peninsula on the west coast of Iceland. We visited the black pebble beach and saw the lifting stones that the local sailors tested their strength by lifting these stones that ranged from 23kg stone to 154 kg stone.
To be eligible to become oarsman they had to be able to lift the 54kg stone! We then went for a walk around the peninsula that was a stunning rocky shoreline. For lunch, we ate fish soup, followed by cod and veggies.
I love Reykjavik! It is in the south-west of Iceland and is a large city by the sea. We had two days there so we got to see a lot. On the first day, we went to Blue Lagoon which is a fabulous outdoor geothermal spa surrounded by volcanic rock. The water is full of minerals and you can put the white silica on your face as a face mask. There is a bar that is in the water so you can swim up and get a drink or two! Also, there is a sauna and steam room. They offer massages on the water which is at an extra cost.
That evening we went to my favourite lobster restaurant ‘Lobster & Stuff’. We had lobster soup, followed by a lobster roll, delicious!
On the second day, I went to visit the Golden Circle, which is Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur. Also on the tour, we saw a Geothermal Power Plant and The Pearl.
I was very excited to see Strokkur for the geyser, had that smelly sulphur smell again like the boiling muds pits, but seeing the geyser spurt with water was quite something and you never know in which direction the water will go! I was filming and the water came in our direction, that was funny watching it back!
Thingvellir National Park was very interesting as the rift valley shows the Reykjanes Ridge that divides the North American and Eurasian plates of the mid-Atlantic Ridge, quite something to see.
Gullfoss Waterfall was breath taking and it was amazing how close you can get to it compared to visiting the Godafoss Waterfall in Akureyri.
I recommend visiting Iceland as it is a fascinating place, very different to the rest of Europe due to its climate and not having many trees as the Vikings cut most of them down years ago to build boats and they never grew back! The Icelandic people are now replanting but it takes time.
You can visit Iceland all year round if you would like to see Iceland in daylight visit in the summer months, as in winter months there are only 6 hours of light a day.
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Love Lucy xxx