8.13.2012

Iceland Adventure: In Photos

We are back from an AMAZING 2 week family adventure to Iceland... this trip had nothing to do with work (except that there was wool EVERYWHERE) and I can't wait to share some pics with you!  My husband drove us over 2000 miles as we attempted to circumnavigate the island and see it ALL! I had never traveled to a northern country in summer, and we had almost 20 hours of sunlight everyday... this meant for ALOT of great photo ops and long travel days.

The cameras came home with over 2000 images on them, I decided to start with just a few.  I "tried" to choose one a day, but some days had SO many adventures it was impossible to do that!  Ready?

Day 1:
Reykjavik- The Sun Voyager
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Day 2:
Outdoor Art near the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum
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Day 3:
I'm a viking at the National Museum of Iceland
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Day 4:
Lava Caving
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Day 4 (Later):
Going out for Famous Fish Soup in a Shack at the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
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Day 5:
Snæfellsjökull Volcano (where Jules Verne started his Journey to the Center of the Earth!)
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Day 5 (again):
At the TOP! (and then we drove another 10 hours to Flateyri in the West Fjords)
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Day 6:
Biking
around a Fjord
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Day 7:
Seals on our LONG drive to Akureyri
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Day 8:
Viti Crater above Lake Mývatn with a geothermal power plant in the distance
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Day 8 (more):
Hot MUD!
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Day 8 (again):
Godafoss at the end of the day
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Day 9:
Whale Watching in Husavik on a Schooner (this will be getting it's own blog post soon!)
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Day 10:
Some friendly people I met in Akureyri...
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Day 10 (more!):
A yarn-bombed cafe/knitting shop
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Day 11:
On Day 11 we drove the F35 through the Highlands... and ended up at Geysir, the grandfather of all Geyser's!
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Day 12:
Our last days we based ourselves in the South of Iceland, near Hella. We went to a reconstruction of a Viking sod house with this crazy cute chapel
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Day 12 (more):
And then we drove on through more lava fields.... couldn't get enough of those!
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Day 12 (where it got GOOD!):
And we came to a volcanic oasis called Gjain
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Day 13:
On our way to Skaftafell we found some Puffins at Dyrholaey
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Day 13 (our daily waterfall):
Svartifoss, just look at those volcanic basalt columns!
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Day 13 (more!):
Holy Glacial Lagoon Batman!
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Day 13 (and more!):
Yes, those are ice chunks floating in the ocean!
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Day 14:
Thingvellir
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Day 14:
Fuzzy Lava Crevices became a family favorite here!
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THE WOOL:
I've a whole separate post for you that will focus on wool, and Lopi sweaters, and sheep...  stay tuned for that next week!
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28 comments:

  1. Wow, wow and wow! What a beautiful country!

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  2. What an amazing adventure! Thanks for sharing the photos!

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  3. Love it all! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope we can go someday.

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  4. That looks AMAZING! Iceland had never been on my list of countries to visit but it is now!

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  5. What a wonderful vacation - never thought of going to a cold country in summer and oh - I bet you found lot's of wool. It absolutely looks gorgeous

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  6. Completely breathtaking! Thank you for sharing your trip with us - can't wait for The Sheep!

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  7. So cool! We're going there in February and I can't wait.

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  8. Man! Another place I have to go!!

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  9. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your beautiful pictures and comments.

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    1. You are so welcome! It is such fun to share our adventure!!!!

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  10. Nice, hope to get there someday, looks like you all had a ball

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  11. These photos are just amazing! Makes me totally wish I could visit this country.

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  12. Wonderful photos! I want to goooo! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What a beautiful country. Thanks for share such a greet adventure.

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  14. KathyAnne in HOT TucsonAugust 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Fantastic photos and overview of your amazing trip! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing and I look forward to more! I've only been through the airport in Iceland -- I like seeing here way more of the country than I got on the flights in/out. I've been to Norway in July three times and absolutely LOVE the long, up north summer days of magnificent light! Welcome back! Can't wait for the KAL to begin.

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  15. Breath taking! Thank you for sharing with us all. I think it's on our places to visit list now!

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  16. wow! breathtaking country! thanks for sharing these pics.

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  17. Did a similar trip earlier this summer. It was wonderful. A knitting highlight was isafjordur in the West Fjords. I bought a bunch of yarn - but didn't figure out how it worked until I got home. Then when I realized that it was not the lace weight that I wanted, I mail-ordered a bunch more -- the shipping cost more than the yarn - but I love the yarn.

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  18. Oh my oh my, what a great way to spend 2 weeks, a real vacation, photos are spectacular. Great Destination for a July vacation. Suze E. ithaca

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  19. Stunning photos! What an amazing adventure you all had!

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  20. Love the photos! Do show us more! I have been dying to go to Iceland since a direct flight became available from the Denver airport. You've sealed it for me... someday I am going!

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  21. RachelG (ArchyKnitr on Ravelry)August 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Ohhhhh, wonderful! Thanks for sharing your great photos! I was there once for a long weekend layover and fell in love with that country. I envy your two whole weeks!!

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  22. These pictures are so great!
    Thanks for sharing that with us.
    I love the vastness and reclusiveness of the landscape,
    that is really vacation I guess.
    Did you see the Aurora borealis? I always wanted to see that some time for real, not only on internet.
    Great trip!

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    1. I believe you can only see those in the winter time... when we were in Iceland there were around 20 hours of daylight... I don't think it got dark enough for the Northern Lights!

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  23. Wow! These are so beautiful. I'm glad I was directing to your blog through Knitty. I look forwaed to seeing other photos of your trip.

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  24. What else can I say that has not been said...
    Majestic!
    I'm so proud to be your student!!!
    Thanks for every little things
    One Love...

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  25. I just came back from Iceland last Monday. I went for my 60th birthday. It is beautiful, but I'll tell you it was bitterly cold in January. Still was a great trip.

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  26. Great post, and great website. Thanks for the information! Bill Wiser

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