Iceland Journals

The Land of Fire and Ice, Part I

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A May 2009 trip to Iceland by UK Flower Girl

The majestic Öxnadalur Photo, Iceland, Europe More Photos
Quote: My husband, daughter and I circumnavigated Iceland in May 2009 by car. Along the way we saw glaciers, fjords, geothermal areas, lava fields, volcanoes, mountains, rivers, lakes and everything in between.

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Hyundai Tucson Photo, Keflavik, Iceland
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Mention Iceland and all sorts of images are conjured up. Ice-covered land, glaciers, wilderness, cold, volcanoes, geothermal activity to start. As an American living in the UK, I have flown over Iceland several times on my way back and forth. I wondered what Iceland was really like. Was it the cold, icy place it seemed to be? I always longed for a visit to Iceland. For some reason it wasn’t high on our list of priorities partly due to cost, partly due to lack of knowledge. If I knew what I was going to find when I visited Iceland I would have gone a long time ago. Like other Scandinavian countries, Iceland isn’t a cheap place to visit or live. Due to the world’s financ...Read More
Sofia sleeping on MAN-KEF flight Photo, Iceland, Europe
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Tom, Sofia and I left our house for the 100 mile drive to Manchester Airport where we would be departing on Icelandair for the Keflavik Airport outside of Reykjavik. Everything went smoothly with check-in. Normally Sofia gets her own seat but this time she was to sit on our laps to save some cash. Because there was one empty seat left on the plane when we got to the airport they kindly gave it to Sofia. I was ever so grateful considering she prefers a "big-girl"seat and can be quite a bear about having to sit with us. The flight was a breeze, only 2.5 hours and we landed in Iceland. Sofia managed to fall asleep and sleep through much of the flight. It was great that she slept, but on arrival at ...Read More

Bed and breakfast Keflavik

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Hotel | "Great Place If You Can Find It"

Bed and breakfast Keflavik Photo, Keflavik, Iceland
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Located at the old US Base in Keflavik, this B&B was just what we needed for a late night off the airplane. The man at reception was friendly and helpful. In fact, it was the same man I saw picking up passengers at the airport. Things were clean and tidy and looked well maintained.Our spacious room had plenty of room for the three of us with luggage and pushchair, too. Our two single beds pushed together had one rather thin pillow each with no extras to be found anywhere. We requested a cot but there wasn’t one in there so Sofia slept between us on the beds. The beds were comfortable aside from the thin pillow issue. Because this is an old US Naval Air Station barrac...Read More

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Bed and breakfast Keflavik
Valhallarbraut 761
Keflavik, Iceland
+354 426 5000

Countryhotel Sveinbjarnargeroi

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Hotel | "Beautiful Fjord Views, not Much Space"

Countryhotel Sveinbjarnargeroi  Photo, Akureyri, Iceland
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It turns out that we didn’t have such good luck finding our second hotel in Iceland either. This is the day and age of the navigation system, which we rely upon heavily when we travel. On this holiday we didn’t happen to have anything other than our own brains and a map and not such good directions to hotels. Travelling along Route 1, the ring road around Iceland, we happened upon a Country Hotel Nature very near where we needed to be. I had a feeling that it wasn’t right so we left our bags in the car and went inside. Sure enough, we were very close, only 1-2 km up the road on the other side of the road according to the man that helped us.Countryhotel Sveinbjarnagerði is ...Read More

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Countryhotel Sveinbjarnargeroi
Sveitahótelið
Sveinbjarnargerði , Iceland
462 4500

Laufás Turf Houses and Church

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Attraction | "Beauty on the Banks of the Fjord"

Laufás Turf Houses and Church Photo, Grenivik, Iceland
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Laufás is a complex of turf houses and a church built back in 1840. The complex is no longer used as a home, but is now a museum dedicated to showing what it was like there in the late 19th century. Due to its lack of trees, Icelanders used sod to build many of their structures and this is no exception. Blocks of sod were cut from the soil and stacked to make the houses. The sod provided ample protection from the harsh Icelandic elements such as the cold wind and rainThe gabled, turf-roofed farmhouse is set on the edge of the Eyjafjördur about 11 km south of Grenivik in the north of Iceland. It is a typical example of a gable-end parsonage built for a priest with a large household of ...Read More

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Laufás Turf Houses and Church
11 km South of Grenivik
Laufás, Iceland