On Travels Tips for Iceland

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Since about 2012, vacation travellers to Iceland has drastically increased – and the trend seems to be continuing. Because one’s travel will probably involve Reykjavik, here are some tips that are worth knowing before arriving.

Consider flying KEF-based Icelandair or WOW airlines (discounter) as they may provide considerable savings. We used Icelandair for our entire trip to the UK, and we would fly them again.

The international airport for Reykjavik is not in Reykjavik, but actually in Keflavik (KEF) – which is about 45 minutes from Reykjavik.

Given the airport location, Flybus and Grayline provide bus transportation to Reykjavik. Visitors can purchase tickets in the baggage area at the airport.

The buses will not take passengers to their hotel – but will stop at designated bus stops within the city, so select a hotel close to one of the bus stops. We got lucky with our hotel as it was very close to two stops. Thumbs up to the Skuggi Hotel.

 

Reykjavik is a very walkable city – so select a hotel in the city center or in the old city/harbor area.

Tour companies are abundant, and also use the same bus stops are airport transportation.

We found hotels and food to be expensive. Before booking we expected $300+ per night for a hotel. Once we were there, you learn to accept the $30 for pizza or spaghetti.

We mistakenly thought restaurants would be mainly fish – Not true as there are a wide variety of culinary offering.

Previous posts about Iceland

Enjoy any or all of the videos about intriguing Iceland.

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On Iceland: Reykjavik

We spent bits of four different days in Reykjavik. It is an easy city to walk, and there is enough to keep us busy. Interestingly, about a third of Iceland’s population is in Reykjavik.

Admiring the architectural pattern of basalt rocks of the Lutheran Cathedral

 

Smiling at the Sun Voyager metal sculpture saluting the Viking heritage

 

Engaging in the quaint building architecture

 

Strolling the main shopping street.

 

Loving the modern feel of the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

 

Marveling at the view across the water

 

Knowing how much Resa would enjoy the many murals (more in a future dedicated post).

 

Standing in amazement at the 10:45 pm sky

 

Enjoying the fireworks thanking us for visiting before leaving the next day

 

Reykjavik is the largest city in Iceland, but not expect the grandness of New York, Chicago, London, or Paris. It’s not even close to Cincinnati. However, at 110,000 people, it’s large enough to offer a wide variety of activities, yet quaint enough to be manageable and make one feel comfortable. Bottom line: we enjoyed it – Thumbs up!

On an Awesome Journey

Breaking News

I interrupt previously announced posting because of important news. Iceland posts will be delayed. The post about Reykjavik will publish Sunday evening (Eastern US), then the post about travel tips for Iceland will be Tuesday evening (Eastern US).

Long-time visitors know my fascination with images of deep space – such as those from the Hubble Telescope. After all, I use them as headers here. (Click here for past headers or click the Past Headers tab for my page dedicated to past headers.)

The magical and mystical nature of deep space image give me a special sense of the grand nature of creation – the universe we live in.

The Friday morning news featured a clip of a video from the Hubble Telescope team. I immediately knew I had to use it here. It is an animated fly-through of the Orion Nebula – a place featured in multiple headers. The video is a worthy 3 minutes and I recommend viewing it on full screen. Enjoy.

Addition (10:15 AM): For some, the video promotes reflection. If so, please share in your comment.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 348

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While I’ve been noting various milestones, I discovered another one as last weekend I surpassed 75,000 visitors. Meanwhile, on my march toward the 2,000th post, this is #1,994 – but I don’t know what I will do for the 2,000th.

For those enjoying the Iceland journey, Saturday will bring a post about Reykjavik, while Monday night/Tuesday may deliver a post with important travel tips.

Congratulations to the University of Alabama for winning the college football’s coveted title. That was quite a game! To Georgia players and fans – Hold your head high!

I was saddened at the news of the passing of one of the founders of the Moody Blues – Ray Thomas – and to think just months before the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I will close this post with one of the songs he wrote – a song that captivated me at my first Moody Blues concert.

John Dickerson joins CBS: This Morning (my morning show preference) – but I never realized his mother is journalist Nancy Dickerson (now deceased).

In case you missed the announcement, Mensa International is moving its US headquarters to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

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One of Ohio’s Senate seats (held by Sherrod Brown – D) was in play for a Republican gain this fall, but their leading candidate suddenly dropped out due to his wife’s health issues. I’m not a fan of Josh Mandel, but people taking shots at him during this time is unnecessary and pathetic. Meanwhile, the party filled the slot by convincing a fellow Trumpian to abandon his quest for governor in order to enter the Senate race.

Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes created quit the stir. Regardless of the political aspect, she successfully delivered a strong message.

“Trump has been in office 1 year and has already fixed global warming.” (Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin)

To me, this statement summarizes President Trump’s views of immigration policy: He doesn’t know what he wants.

The steady stream of stories about Immigration and Custom Enforcement actions against people who are illegally in the US, but stay out of trouble and contribute to society continues to bother me. I’m guessing “bad hombres” is code of any illegal, not just bona fide criminals.

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To lead you into this week’s dose of satirical headlines, The Onion offers the worst potluck contributions of 2017.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
7-year old unable to maintain cohesive storyline while playing with action figures
New evidence suggests ancient Egyptians only ever visited pyramids when friends were in from out of town
Vacuum got something really big under couch
Spider sitting on shower wall cannot wait to see look on man’s face
Pile of dirty clothes on bedroom floor starting to mix with pile of clean clothes on bedroom floor

Interesting Reads
A commentary and historical look about the future of work
Dealing with mosquitos
Countries without governments
Myths and truths about pirates
PT Barnum’s attractions
Sequencing the tree of life
(Video) A 2-minute celebration of black female photography

To send you into the weekend, he’s the song I promised early – and Rest in Peace, Ray Thomas. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Iceland – Day 2: The South Coast Tour

We continued with Extreme Iceland for Day 2, but this time for a trip along the south coast. It was simply another day of the beauty providing sensory overloaded.

Wondering about the numerous lava field I expected, but observing ecological succession with lava field covered with moss was a surprise

 

Seeing wonderful scenery

 

Walking behind the waterfall (Seljalandsfoss)

 

Strolling black beach (Reynisfjara)

 

Marveling at rock formations

 

Enjoying the view from Dyrholaey of the black beach we just visited

 

Reflecting about the setting of a farm with its fertile land and the glacier above

 

Hearing the roar of Skogafoss in its gorge

 

Standing on the glacier (Solheimajokull)

 

Never tiring of the landscape and the views

 

Continually admiring the landscape

 

…. after all, how could anyone get bored with seeing places like this.

 

Hope you enjoyed the brief highlights of Iceland’s south coast. Here’s a 2+-minute video showing the sights in motion.

On Iceland – Day 1: Golden Circle

On our first full day in Iceland, we chose to tour the Golden Circle, which is one of the most popular tours. Icelandic landscape is fascinating, so the senses are constantly entertained. We used Extreme Iceland for two days.

Admiring the landscape.

 

Walking along the fault line where tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia meet in Thingvellir National Park.

 

Standing in awe of the view.

 

Witnessing the fury of Gullfoss, a spectacular and very large waterfall.

Notice the people on the left side

 

Patiently waiting for Strokkur Geysir to do its thing.

 

Relaxing to Faxi’s roar.

 

Enjoying a dip in a thermal pool known as Fludir: the Secret Lagoon.

Find the lifeguard

 

Hiking up to and around Kerid’s rim, an extinct volcano.

 

Seeing more wonderful landscape.

 

All in one day … so our first full day in Iceland was wonderful. Here’s a 2-minute video featuring some of the Golden Circle sights.

On a Word Challenge

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When recently commenting on a blog, a past post came to mind – one from 16 December 2013. I’m sure you remember it, but for those who don’t, I’ll briefly explain.

The post, On Palaver, is about words (and my 15th most viewed post). I recall how much I put into writing it. It was one of those posts that kept evolving. The biggest surprise came when I was notified that WordPress editors selected it to be Freshly Pressed. That was the second (and last) time I received that honor (16 December 2013).

Here’s the challenge:

  1. Read the post (On Palaver).
  2. Make a comment (preferably on this post) that includes a word (in English) that has never appeared on this blog.

Suggestions

Before making a comment, check your word in two places;

  1. With your Find function on the On Palaver page for your word
  2. Enter your word in the Search box, located in the right panel just below the Freshly Pressed graphic.

Have fun … and good luck!