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    Iceland 2011

    While I still haven't finished my earlier travel stories, this time another approach: just a quick selection of pictures, and no Photoshop yet...


    Day 1: Wednesday September 14th – Arrival & Blue Lagoon

    An easy start, right from the airport to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa. While the outside temperature is a chilly 10 degrees centigrade, the water is a comfy 39 degrees.




    Day 2: Thursday September 15th – Reykjavik

    In the morning we first have a guided city tour, the afternoon we go our own way.


    Typical corrugated iron house, should be in a different color from all of your neighbors; inside the Hallgrímskirkja


    The streets of Reykjavik; “Memorial to the Unknown Bureaucrat”; Alţingishúsiđ, the Icelandic parliament house


    Harpa concert hall


    Harbour; Reykjavik Maritime Museum; no comment...


    Day 3: Friday September 16th – Whale watch & Reykjavik

    In the morning we go on a whale watch, unfortunately all we got to see was just one dolphin. The afternoon we again spent in Reykjavik.


    The whole “catch” of the whale watch; whaling vessels, right across the pier of the whale watch...; lunch


    Colorful Reykjavik...


    Hallgrímskirkja


    Sculpture garden of the Einar Jónsson Museum; Sólfar, “Sun Voyager”


    Day 4: Saturday September 17th – Golden Circle

    Finally the real deal, the Golden Circle: Ţingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir. At night we also go on a northern light tour, driving around for over 5 hours, but just like we already kind of expected we didn't get to see anything.


    Near the visitor center of Ţingvellir, the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and the location of the world's first democratic parliament; route unfortunately closed because of a landslide



    More of Ţingvellir


    Gullfoss, “Golden falls”


    Haukadalur geothermal area, with the famous but no longer very active Geysir, and the Strokkur which erupts every couple of minutes


    Skálholt, a village of great religious importance in since the 11th century


    Day 5: Sunday September 18th – South Coast Adventure

    Again away from the city, a tour along the south coast.


    Eyrarbakki


    Solheimajokull glacier


    Coast at Vík í Mýrdal; Reynisfjara, beach and basalt columns


    Skógafoss, and yes, the water was wet...


    Seljalandfoss, and yes, the water was also wet here...


    Day 6: Monday September 19th – Borgarfjörđur

    The last day already, again away from Reykjavik, along the Borgarfjörđur north of Reykjavik and more inland areas.


    Álafoss; the route along the fjord


    Hraunfossar and Barnafoss


    Reykholt, in the 13th century home town of Snorri Sturluson, one of the most famous writers of Icelandic and Norwegian sagas


    Deildartunguhver, Europe's largest hotspring, 180 liters of almost boiling water per second


    Grábrók crater


    Borgarnes


    The last meal: garlic rasted lobster tails

    Unfortunately that's the end of my trip to beautiful Iceland, the next morning we had to go to the airport at 6 in the morning...
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    Went there for my honeymoon in February and it is just a spectacular place to go. The landscape and geology are like no other we had ever seen. Just a pure constrast of black volcanic rock and white snow, volcanic peaks, majestic waterfalls. We hung out in the south-western coast to see some of the most spectacular coastline rock formations and in combination with the turbulent sea it created one of the most gorgeous, breathtaking spectacles of waves crashing off rock we have (or probably will) ever seen. Considering that we went during the winter it was an absolute thrill to be hanging out in a hot tub in the middle of a couple of blizzards; we wore knit hats dipped our scantly clad bodies in the hot water and stayed warm as a toast, but the Champagne alway stayed cold :-). We even got a glimpe of the Aurora Bolrealis twice; the hotel even had a wakeup service should it had appeared in the middle of the night.
    The Blue Lagoon is an absolute stroke of resort genious for that location.

    Just a crazy good experience for us.
    Despite the uncommonality as a honeymoon destination we were thoroughly satisfied with our choice!

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    It may not exactly be Niagara Falls, but I could imagine worse destinations for a honeymoon

    One of my friends got married this year, they spent their honeymoon at some resort at the Turkish Riviera. Now where's the fun in that?

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