Iceland - Roadtrip - April 2014

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RonW

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Whatever you do, just make sure you take some pictures of Thingvellir! Especially with your sense of composition and light!
I already wish you a great trip and much fun planning, which to me is an equally large part of the fun and trip.
 

Doc

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Wayland, if you've not already read it, have a look at Running Blind by Desmond Bagley. Classic British thriller from the 70s. It's set in Iceland and remarkably well observed in terms of both landscape and people, with a few Norse references thrown in.

Look forward to the pics on your return. I want to see Dettifoss - now that's a waterfall.
 

Trunks

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Gary, you'll have a great time.

Lucy & I spent ten days traveling round Iceland ten years ago - the best trip ever!

Everywhere was an experience, chatting to the locals in the hot tubs - most villages have a free communal geothermal spa, just turn up with a towel :)

Driving round, the scenery was jaw droppingly brilliant and was like my physical geography text book made real. Just stunning. Sometimes we just picked a small road and followed it to see where we'd end up :)

My biggest tip would be that you can pretty much stop & go anywhere you want. If you want to park up & climb a glacier, go for it! Walk down into an extinct volcanoe? Sure :)

We stayed at so many places I can't remember now without digging the journal out, but off the top of my head, a couple of the places we stopped at were Akureyri & Húsavík was nice.

We went blue whale watching in the north too - well worth the money. If they offer you the sea sickness tablets, take them, it didn't, and this old salty dog threw chunks - very embarrassing.

Jökulsárlón is spectacular, I shot 10 reels of film just in this one spot!

Gulfoss will take your breath away & you will spend ages photographing Strokkur.

The food is/was expensive, but we found salami, bread & gravalax from the Spar shops was good value. I didn't particularly like the taste of Puffin!

Touristy & a bit pricy, but the blue lagoon was worth it too.

When the kids are older, I will definitely go back.

Have a great time.
 

Trunks

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The Icelandic Phallological Museum is worth a look too if you want to see a walking stick made out of a dolphin todger! It was actually very interesting.
 

TurboGirl

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I'm pretty positive it wouldn't be up your street, but I would kill to do the off road glaciers and watch the ridiculously powerful formula off road over there! Dreams, all dreams :)

[video=youtube;MhjkDEvV3OM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhjkDEvV3OM[/video]
 

northumbrian

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I'm pretty positive it wouldn't be up your street, but I would kill to do the off road glaciers and watch the ridiculously powerful formula off road over there! Dreams, all dreams :)

[video=youtube;MhjkDEvV3OM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhjkDEvV3OM[/video]

TOP GEAR had a similar car on their show with a souped up quad bike too, I think their tires were delibritaly under inflated to cope with the volcanic terrain ?

exscuse the spelling
cheers Andrew.
 

TurboGirl

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... their tires were delibritaly under inflated to cope with the volcanic terrain ?
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yup, gives a better footprint and grippier contact area on the ice and water surface too I believe, we always used to decrease for rock crawling here too :) its fun watched them fix the inevitable derimmings with lighter fluid, would love to see it in real life from a healthy distance ;)
 

John Fenna

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If you get to explore inside a volcano follow the graffiti "A.S." for an extended trip... or a Journey to the Centre of the Earth....