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Iceland for Someday (May 2014)

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Reykjavík, Iceland
On our last morning in amazing Iceland, my husband and I awoke in Reykjavik to a coat of fresh snowfall blanketing the city. I had already fallen in love with Reykjavik when it wasn't covered in snow. I loved the quirky sense of humor in its...
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Lækjargata 2a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Strolling through beautiful Reykjavik with my husband on a chilly January night, I loved to watch the people tucked away in the town's many restaurants, warm and cozy and enjoying a delicious dinner. One of the best restaurants we came across in...
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Gardur, Iceland
Just outside Reykjavik, in the tiny coastal village of Gardur on the Reykjanes peninsula, lies the Gardskagi lighthouse, definitely worth a trip if you're visiting Iceland. Two lighthouses sit on the Reykjanes peninsula, with Gardskagi being the...
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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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Eyrarbakki, Iceland
My husband and I ended our first day in magical Iceland at the small coastal fishing village of Eyrarbakki, where we were treated to the first of many dazzling sunsets I came to associate with this amazing country. I caught my husband in this...
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The charming coastal town of Vik is a perfect destination on any trip to Iceland. Vik is the southernmost village in Iceland and happens to be the wettest spot in the country. Arguably the best thing about Vik is its amazing beaches at...
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Eyrarbakki, Iceland
By far one of Iceland's best features, especially in the winter, is its amazing sunsets. When my husband and I visited in January, the short days meant that the sun fully rose above the horizon around 10:00 a.m. and dropped below it again at 6:00...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Just outside Reykjavik, my husband and I happened upon an area called Seltun that was replete with geothermal activity - steaming vents, bubbling mud pots. The air was thick with sulfur that smelled like rotten eggs, and water and mud boiled in...
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Gunnuhver, Iceland
Just outside Reykjavik, on our way to the one-of-a-kind Blue Lagoon, my husband and I noticed what looked like steam coming out of the ground not far off the road. Out curiosity piqued, we decided to check it out and turned onto a side road that...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Driving through a remote stretch of Iceland near the fascinating Seltun geothermal area outside Reykjavik, I was struck by how self-sufficient and strong you have to be to live in Iceland, especially in the long, cold winter months. This was a...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Visiting Iceland in January, my husband and I decided we wanted to see some of Iceland's geothermal activity up close, so we drove to a little area outside Reykjavik, near the Blue Lagoon, called Seltun that's known for its geothermal pools, steam...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
If I could pick one word to describe Reykjavik it definitely would be "quirky" - in a great way. Icelanders living in the capitol city have created a wonderful sense of whimsy throughout the town, and you'll see many blocks like this with...
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Þórsmerkurvegur, Iceland
The impossible-to-pronounce Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland lies on the Southern Ring Road between the towns of Selfoss and Skogafoss on the way to the coastal town of Vik. The falls plunge about 200 feet into deep pool. Much of the waterfall...
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Eyrarbakki, Iceland
Visiting the tiny fishing village of Eyrarbakki on the southern coast of Icleand, home to only 570 people (not including the prisoners at the village's prison, Iceland's largest), I was struck once again by the dramatic contrasts I noticed all...
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Eyrarbakki, Iceland
One thing that really struck me about Iceland during my January trip there was how incredibly unpopulated the country is and how desolate large parts of it felt. Just over 300,000 people call Iceland home, with about one-third of them living in or...
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Eyrarbakki, Iceland
One of the things I didn't expect on my January trip to Iceland was how many people used horses as a mode of transportation. Iceland is well known for its beautiful ponies, and they were one of the things I was most looking forward to seeing on...
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Eyrarbakki, Iceland
On a trip to the amazing Iceland this January, my husband and I ended our first day at the small seaside town of Eyrarbakki. I wasn't prepared for how beautiful the Icelandic coast would be. The sun started its slow descent right around 4:45 each...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
One of the best things about Reykjavik is the unexpected jolts of color splashed throughout the city. On practically every street there's a house or wall or office building covered with bright murals or painted in bold orange, red, purple, or, in...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Wandering through Reykjavik, one of the things that surprised me was how colorful the city is. I don't know if it's because the city gets limited sunshine and a lot of snow in the winter or what, but at every turn in Reykjavik we came across...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
The charming red and white Garðskagaviti lighthouse near Keflavik is Ideland's tallest. Built in 1944, the lighthouse was a gift from American servicemen grateful for being rescued from a sinking U.S. Coast Guard vessel. You can climb all the way...
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Selfoss, Iceland
In January, my husband took me to Iceland to celebrate my 40th birthday. There were a couple things I knew before I went that I wanted to see: the Northern Lights (amazing!), Icelandic ponies, the Gulfoss waterfall. What I was most curious about...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
During our trip to Iceland this January, my husband and I took a drive to the charming red and white Garðskagaviti lighthouse near Keflavik. The lighthouse is the tallest in Iceland and was built in 1944 as a gift from American servicemen grateful...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
One of the best things about Reykjavik is the quirky, humorous artwork you find scattered throughout the city. I don't know if the brightly-colored murals like this one are intended to ward off the blues brought on by the long Icelandic winters...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Our last morning in Reykjavik, my husband and I awoke to a fresh blanket of fluffy snow coating the city. The crisp white snow transformed an already beautiful city, and as we wandered the empty streets we felt as if we had all of Reykjavik to...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
One of the things I was really looking forward to on my trip to Iceland this January was tasting the local cuisine. Icelandic fish and chips was on the top of my list, and it was as delicious as I was expecting. My husband and I ate at the...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Wandering through Reykjavik on a cold January night, I loved how cozy and welcoming all the restaurants looked. This table for two was practically calling for my husband and I to come in and warm up over a delicious Icelandic dinner.
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Our last morning in Reykjavik, fresh snow covering the ground, we walked the easy walk down to the shore and saw that this statue of a skeleton Viking ship had a whole new sense of drama from what it had the day before, thanks to a powdery blanket...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Wandering through the quiet, snowy streets of Reykjavik early on a January morning I came across these little guys cheerfully lining the window. I was immediately struck with the strangest sense of deja vu - I'd seen this scene before. And then it...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Everything enchanted me about Iceland, even the colorful mailboxes I found throughout Reykjavik. Icelanders must be big letter writers because there seemed to be a mailbox on just about every corner. I loved how the fresh white snow looked against...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Our last day in Iceland, we woke up in Reykjavik to fresh snowfall that blanketed the city and made it even more spectacular. My husband and I seemed to be the only ones walking around at 9:30 on a Sunday morning, and we were treated to a...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
One of the best things to eat in Iceland, aside from the obvious fresh seafood and their famed hot dogs, is fresh sandwiches, which they call "boats." My husband and I speculated that they call their sandwiches boats because they're served in...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
A lot of people rave about Iceland's famed hot dogs, which are delicious, but my husband and I were surprised to find their sandwiches, or "boats," to be equally impressive. "Hlolla Batar" was one of the tastiest sandwich shops we came across in...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
One of my favorite things to do when wandering around beautiful Reykjavik on a cold January night was to watch people enjoying dinner with their families and friends in the city's many tasty restaurants. Like this one, the restaurants were all so...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Wandering through Reykjavik in January, I noticed this wistful dog hanging out in the window watching the world go by. I couldn't help but think how ironic it was that while he looked like he wished he was outside playing in the snow and enjoying...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
My husband and I spent our last day in Iceland exploring the beautiful capital city of Reykjavik. We were lucky enough to wake up to a fresh coating of snow that had fallen overnight, blanketing everything with a fluffy whiteness that made an...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Wandering through Reykjavik on a cold January night, nothing sounded better to my husband and me than a bowl of piping hot noodle soup to wrap our hands around. This place didn't disappoint!
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Iceland, known for its geothermal activity, has many interesting thermal pools near the Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik that I would recommend on any trip to the area. We found the landscape at the thermal pools to be so beautiful and dramatic - it...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Visiting Iceland, one of the things you notice most is the contrasts that run throughout the country. These geothermal pools near the Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik are a prime example of that. There was snow covering the hills surrounding the...
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Selfoss, Iceland
One of the most remarkable things about Iceland in the winter (and there are many) is the gorgeous sunset you're treated to every day. The sun starts to set at this time of year around 4:30 p.m. but lasts for 45 minutes to an hour, the whole time...
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Vik, Iceland
Located in the not-so-easy-to-pronounce Mýrdalshreppur region, the small beachside town of Vík is bordered to the north by the immense (270-square-mile) Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland's fourth largest glacier, and to the south by...
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Víkurbraut 26, Vík, Iceland
My husband treated me to an unforgettable 40th birthday present - a trip to beautiful Iceland. The country had so many remarkable things to offer: gorgeous Icelandic ponies; dramatic, icy waterfalls; rocky black-sand beaches; brillant, dancing...
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Iceland
Located about an hour northeast from Reykjavík and part of the famed Golden Circle tour (along with Gullfoss), the Geysir hot springs area consists of around a dozen hot water blowholes, including the eponymous Geysir. 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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The Horse Shoe, Iceland
My husband and I just returned from a trip to Iceland for my 40th birthday. We were lucky enough to be in Iceland during a somewhat-rare solar storm that made the Northern Lights much brighter and more active than usual, and since that's what I...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
My husband and I visited Iceland in January, renting a car to have the freedom to wander on our own schedule. Just outside Reykjavik, we came upon an area called Seltun that's known for its geothermal activity. Seltun was dotted with steaming...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
If you're visiting Reykjavik, Iceland, one of the best day trips from the city is an easy drive to the Reykjanes peninsula to see the amazing rock formations rising out of the ocean at Valahnjukur. We visited Valahnjukur on a blustery January day,...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
The weather outside may be frightful, even in summer, but the waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland are always delightful. We visited the Blue Lagoon Spa during an 8-hour layover in Reykjavik. All inclusive round-trips are available...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. We spent 2 days in Reykjavik which I am told is the northernmost capital city in the world. The sheer vibrancy of the city blew us away.It felt...
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Norðurmýri, Austurbær Reykjavík, Iceland
Coffee roasted in-house and brewed by friendly baristas draws a young crowd into the old stone building near Reykjavik’s imposing Lutheran cathedral. Share one of the seven tables with a regular patron and catch up on local gossip while vinyl...
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Hallgrímstorg 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
You can’t miss Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík’s 240-foot-tall, rocket-shaped church, which soars above the city skyline and is illuminated at night. Designed by famed national architect Guðjón Samúelsson in...
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Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Opened in 2011, Reykjavík's Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is not only the most significant classical music venue in Iceland (home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera), but also one of the country’s...
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Geirsgata 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
They call it The Sea Baron, but ironically it's as cozy as you could wish for. This tiny restaurant is one of the oldest on Reykjavík's harbor, and serves the world's best lobster soup. Stay and rub elbows with fellow seafood lovers at the...
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Kirkjufell, Iceland
Ever dance with the Devil in the pale moon light? No? You should try it. You'll love it. If you can't find the Devil, try dancing with a sheep. There are plenty in Iceland. Vikings too - but it's tough to teach a Viking how to dance (citation...
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Hotel Búðir - with its extraordinary location - is undoubtedly one of the most surreal places in the world. On the other hand - and striking a very ‘real’ note - it serves some of the best food in Iceland!
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Eyrarbraut 3a, Stokkseyri, Iceland
Icelandic lobster—also known as langoustine—is more like an oversize crayfish than a meaty Maine lobster. Nonetheless, it’s delicious, either grilled in garlic butteror cooked in creamy Icelandic lobster soup. For seafood straight from the source,...
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6, Klausturvegur, 880 Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland
As a friend and I were westbound on the southern part of the island, we made a stop in Vik. The dominant green cliffs and relaxed vibe of the town convinced that Reykjavik could wait. Vik was our favorite part of the trip. It's a great little town...
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Southern Region, Iceland
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. Around the start of our trip I started counting random waterfalls we passed through (apart from the obviously famous ones - the ones with...
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Landmannalaugavegur, Iceland
At the beginning of a 4-day, 40-mile trek through the fringes of the Icelandic highlands, we saw these artistic masterpieces. Landmannalaugar. To me, they were the Rainbow Mountains. Majestic. Surreal. Hiking by this beautiful landscape seemed...
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Djúpivogur, Iceland
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland (on Ring Road) over a 9-day trip this summer. By the fourth day on our road- trip, we found ourselves in a small fishing village/town called Djúpivogur. It's a beautiful village located on...
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Iceland
Looking at a volcanic crater is one thing. Seeing how puny a person is next to it, really puts things into perspective. Kerið crater is on the popular touristic route called the Golden Circle in South Iceland, covering about 300 km looping from...
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Sauðárkrókur, Iceland
This was a gorgeous day and a beautiful site to visit. No other tourists there so we had the entire place to ourselves. They knew how to build a well insulated house back then, well protected from the wind and feeling also soundproof. The Glaumbær...
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Hverfjall, Iceland
Up near Lake Myvatn looms this immense black volcano. To stand near it is to be humbled, yet again, by the majesty of Iceland's pure and raw nature. The crater is approximately 1 km in diameter and it's estimated to be around 2,800-2,900 years...
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Tjörnin, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Tjörnin is Reykjavik's central lake and a highlight in itself. A stroll around it at least once is a must. You can check out the many varieties of birds—though be careful if feeding them as the bigger ones can be a bit aggressive!—and also visit...
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Hesteyri, Iceland
In the remote Westfjords of Iceland, many villages were abandoned in the 1950s due to the general decline of the fishing industries that kept them alive. Many of these villages are now protected wildlife areas and have their own special atmosphere...
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Mývatn, Iceland
During summer the northern parts of Iceland get almost continuous daylight. The area around Lake Myvatn is ridiculously scenic - and not a little surreal - with geothermal areas (pictured), volcanic lakes and more. This image was taken at 11pm!
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Quintana Roo, Mexico
Once the vacation home of the Italian Duchess Rosa de Ferrari, this exceptional estate was converted into a hotel in 2005. 2014 marked the arrival of a new owner and a new era for the property. Today, Hotel Esencia is an elegant...