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Highlights from my trip to Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands
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Tinganes, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Set on a rocky peninsula within Tórshavn’s harbor, this historical area is the place to come and explore the town’s historic grass-roofed, stone-and-timber buildings, most of which were built after a devastating fire in the...
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Vestmanna, Faroe Islands
You can't go to the Faroe Islands without taking a boat trip out to the famous Bird Cliffs. Puffins are the most common bird seen, although sometimes some others make an appearance as well. Go to Vestmanna and get a ticket for one of the several...
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On our way from Selfoss to Vik, we passed this gorgeous waterfall called Skógafoss cascading over towering cliffs that used to make up Iceland's coastline. Long ago the coastline receded towards the sea about 3.1 miles but the former sea cliffs...
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Tiniteqilaaq is a settlement in the Sermersooq municipality of eastern Greenland where I spent a few hours in-between kayak camps. Like all of the villages I saw in Greenland, Tiniteqilaaq appears to be quaint, European, colorful, and surrounded...
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Tasiilaq, Greenland
Ammassalik Island is in the fjords of eastern Greenland - one of the most stunning and harsh places I've ever been to. This spot was at the end of an 8-hour grueling hike where we were led before our guide realized that our campsite was actually...
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Gjogv, Faroe Islands
Meet the village of Gjógv (pronounced like “Gorge”). Located on the northeast side of the island of Eysturoy in the Faroe Islands, it quickly found a permanent spot in my heart. All of the villages in the Faroes are gorgeous like this, but there...
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Dalavegur 20, Gjógv FO-476, Gjogv, Faroe Islands
Gjáargarður is the coolest guesthouse I've ever stayed at. The owner is friendly, helpful, and willing to do just about anything to make your stay more enjoyable. The building itself is a bit of a maze, but in a good way. You never know what...
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Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Tórshavn is the colorful capital city of the Faroe Islands. The waterfront area is beautiful and the colors of the buildings make it seem bright and cheery, even despite the fog, clouds, and rain that typically cover the islands. While Tórshavn...
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Austurstræti 9, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík’s Laundromat Café is one of the city’s most casual and upbeat places to hang out, whether you want to drink a fine craft beer, enjoy brunch, or—yes—do your laundry. The sister enterprise of the...
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This dramatic two-tier waterfall, whose name translates as "Golden Falls," a reference to the shimmering mist that sometimes appears around the falls, is one of Iceland’s most famous—which is saying something in a country...
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Skaftafell, Iceland
Visiting Skaftafell in the south of Iceland provides a seemingly limitless amount of activities. I went on a 4 hour glacier hike across Svínafellsjökull and it was worth every heavy, crampon-laiden step. From the visitors center, there are a...
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Jökulsárlón, Iceland
This lake filled with giant, translucent chunks of iceberg is one of Iceland’s most distinctive and photogenic sights. Featured in high-profile movies, including two of the James Bond series and Batman Begins (as well as many local TV...
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2, Miðvangur, Egilsstaðir, Iceland
I was traveling around Iceland for a few weeks and had spent one particularly long day rewarded by breathtaking scenes along the road, impromptu hikes, and finally ended with dinner at this local bistro just down the street from the hotel I was...