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Feedback needed on Iceland, Greenland and Faroe Island Itinerary

Old Feb 25th, 2009, 11:03 AM
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Hi Ellayneg.

Sorry for the delay finally got round to digging out my holiday stuff.

I've given you a brief outline of what we did and then a rating out of 10 with some reasons. It may give you some ideas to change your plans or make you happy with your planning. I'll let you make up your own mind (we travelled around staying in places 2 or 3 nights).

Day 1 - Arrived from Glasgow at about 10:00pm and got taxi to Guest House near Hveragerdi. Feared the worst as it was dark outside (no sign of the 24hr daylight) and raining that hard the taxi driver couldn't see a thing - thankfully that was the last of the rain for 2 weeks (Yipeee)

Day 2(7*) - Golden Circle route: Gullfoss (Very windy but impessive), the Geysir (although dormant others are just as impressive - i'd recommend enjoying the first 'show' and then try with hopefully more success than us to take a photo it erupts about every 10 minutes) Thingvellir (Wow what a place -The scenary and water were amazing). We also just stopped at random volcanic sites to walk around the craters and on the lava fields.

Day 3(8*) Geothermal area of Krisuvik (Felt like you were on another planet - I'll say it again Wow). Had lunch on the cliff edge and walked along the coastline (just to boast the temperature was 22C and we had shorts on) before going to Blue Lagoon (try and forget there's a power plant in the background! Its a little rough under foot but worth a visit. You can even buy drinks from the water)

Day 4(8*) Reykjavik. We had a lovely walk around the two lakes in the heart of the City and around the Harbour and then went on a whale watching trip (and had a visit from a hump back) - oh and plenty of puffins and minke whales.

Day 5(10*) Seljalandsfoss waterfall (You can walk behind this and if your adventurous there are others further down which you can climb up and peer over the edge) You MUST continue down an impossible looking rough track for two reasons. One - there is a gorge on the right hand side not far down the track (you cant see from road) which you can walk through and scramble up a mini waterfall pure bliss! and then Two - after crossing about 4 streams (You need the 4WD) you get to the base of a glacier (I'm in heaven thinking about it again). There are loads more glaciers in the area aswell but none as memorable. Also walked to Svartifoss waterfall (Can't remember if this was today or the next day but spectacular)

Day 6(10*) Crossed sand plains of Myrdalssandur to Kirkjubaejarklaustur (lava remains) and Skaftafell National Park where we walked to a glacier. Then onto to one of my dreams taking a cruise on the stunning glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon amongst the icebergs. (I'm Wow-in again)

Day 7(8*) Myrdalsjokull glacier (You can take a snowmobile up onto the glacier but we walked through the cloud level and to a clear sky for more a amazing views). Visited Skogar museum with a very amusing old man singing in the church and visited another (yes another seen plenty by now) Waterfall - Skogafoss.

Day 8(5*) A lot of travelling this day to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula but called back in at Reykavik and visited a lookout near the Airport (Not Kevlavik Airport).

Day 9(9*) Drove around the peninsula and snow-capped volcano of Snaefellsnes stopping to walk to Volcanos and Lava fields (Its that weird I had to keep doing it) and then spent about 3 hours walking the coastal path seeing basalt columns, blow holes, rock arches (We had the sun all day which probably made it special but the air was soooooo clean and the area magically.

Day 10(6.5*) Visited a farm that cures Icelandic shark (but resisted the chance to try some - god it stunk) and then went on a boat trip around the islands of Breidafjordur Bay (Loads of birds including a two bald headed eagles and the water was so clam) - The only downer to the day the long long long trip north to Eyjafjordur (5 min from Akureyri).

Day 11(7*) Lake Myvatn (had it not been for the midges it would have been an 8*) The best bit was walking around Leirhnjukur (not just because no water and no midges) but it had this magically Mars like feel with craters, lava formations, hissing steam vents and bubbling mud pools. (you've set me off again wishing I was back there)

Day 12(6*) Visited Husavik and the Whale Museum, then onto Asbyrgi (a horseshoe-shaped gorge) and the Jokulsa Canyon National Park. To be honest probably one of the boring days we had (nothing really spectacular) but the highlight of the day was an hours horseriding (and I'd never been on a horse before - although probably never will again) - How to have fun and be scared stiff all in one go (LOL)

Day 13(8*) Spent the full day in Akureyri just relaxing looking at shops walking around and visiting some not expected wonderful gardens - a chill out day but a lovely little town.

Day 14(2*) The worst day of all - We had to drive back to Reykjavik - The mountain road was just unbareable - I can't say much more it was a hell of a trip.

Day 15(6*) had the morning to visit the BEACH in Reyjkavik and another look around before flying home.


I've been a bit a brief with some things and I know I've missed loads out from what we actually did but hopefully it gives you some ideas. If there's anything you would like me to say more about then let me know and I'll happilly type away re-living the amazing holiday.

Ted

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