Ring Road: Day 5

16-7-16 8:04 – Didn’t get around to writing, but last night I made it to Vik and then to Reynisfjara – the famous black sand beach like with crags, caves, and outcroppings of basalt rock. It was past 23:00 by then and quite dim, but I had fun squishing through the sand and exploring the…

Ring Road: Day 4

15-7-16 8:32 – Slept in a bit today. Only because I parked at a gas station last night and wanted to wait for it to open. Last night though… wow, such an amazing sunset [see Ring Road: Day 3 for pictures]. Today the fabulous weather is taking a break (it’s overcast and sprinkling), but we…

Ring Road: Day 3

6:27 – Good morning, Iceland! I have to pee so bad. I ended up pulling over before a side road with seal watching at the end. Figured there wouldn’t be seals at night, and I need gas soon anyway so I slept for several hours (the back seat is getting comfier), and now I dine…

Ring Road: Day 2

13-7-16 10:54 – Well, things don’t always go as planned, but I can flow with the tide. In Reykjavik now – I just dropped off my laptop and was promised that it would be fixed under warranty within 24 hours. Not the best case scenario, since that means returning here by 18:00 on Saturday, but…

Ring Road: Day 1

Knowing that I would be seeing way too much stuff to catalogue and remember in the five days that I have spent driving alone around the entirety of Iceland, I kept a journal for posting later. It’s by no means all-inclusive, so I’m putting anything added afterward in brackets. It was a long time to…

Workaway Days

Why Workaway? Why volunteer? There are a lot of reasons, a big one being free food and lodging. As a volunteer in Iceland, I got to have a lot of really amazing experiences that a tourist never would. I had time to do a ton of reading instead of always running around to see new…

It’s the Little Things

One might normally title such an article “6 Things That Are Different In Iceland” but you don’t want to hear my rant about the evils of “list journalism”….   Contrary to what people may think (looking at you, Tose!), Iceland is not some primitive, backwards country without modern conveniences. Actually, I found it hard to…

Sunny Day

Today, July 6th, is the first full day of sun I have seen in the last six weeks that I have been living in Iceland. We are talking a brilliant blue sky without a single cloud, instead of an ominously gray one. Light, cool breezes instead of heavy winds. No random showers throughout the day….

A Pretty-ish City

The other day, I said something along the lines of, “We will have lunch at noon-ish,” and managed to greatly confuse the kids, who though conversational in English, did not understand this word “noon-ish.” Explaining the definition and uses of “-ish” made me smile. That’s a random anecdote with no relation to the rest of…

The Canyon, the Chef, and the Sheep’s Head

I promised this story quite a few days ago, but there was work and there were kids and there was camping (more on that later). But no more excuses! After returning from Vestmannaeyjar several hours earlier than we had expected to do so, we found ourselves with a bit of free time on our hands….

Vestmannaeyjar

Those names just keep on getting easier to pronounce, right? The good news is that I can now say both Hvolsvöllur – the town in which I am living – and Seljalandsfoss – the first waterfall I visited – well enough for a native to understand me, though a vague look of confusion usually passes…

The Hills Are Alive…

… with the screams of my leg muscles. I am so out of shape. After five different heavy hiking and climbing attractions in less than 24 hours, that was my main take-away. Actually, to be honest and a little more positive about my fitness level, my main obstacle in all of these treks was my…