I drove around magical Iceland in one week and it was an incredible 2000+ kilometers. I only wish it was longer but I’ll certainly be back. Here are the links to the full trip:
- Day 1
- Day 2 – Tröllaskagi Peninsula, Siglufjörður, and couchsurfing in Akureyri
- Day 3 – Goðafoss and Mývatn – Into the Fiery North
- Day 4 – Asbyrgi Canyon, Húsavik, the best ice cream in the world, and Icelandic fish soup
- Day 5 – Krafla, Námafjall Hverir, Detifoss, Seyðisfjörður, searching for puffins, and surviving an arctic tern attack
- Day 6 – Puffins, Jökulsárlón, Langoustine, and Svínafellsjökull
- Day 7 – Svartifoss, Vík, Kirkjugólf, The Golden Circle, and standing on the edge of tectonic plates at Þingvellir
- Day 8 – One last day in Iceland – Reykjavík
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The hike to Crooked Falls is a scenic 1.5 hour drive from downtown Vancouver. The challenging 3km ascent (6km round trip) will take you past a scenic outlook of Squamish Valley then two stunning views of Crooked Falls. Plan about 3 hours for the trip.
Final day in Iceland and a day to explore Reykjavík. We started our day visiting the famous Hallgrímskirja. It was of course distinctive from the outside but I found the inside quite beautiful as well. It had the same graceful simplicity we had seen throughout much of the architecture and interior design of Iceland. There was also a beautiful organ at the back wall. Wish we could have been there for a concert – it would have been so interesting to hear the acoustics.
Another big day! We got up early to have breakfast at Hotel Höf and headed first thing for Skaftafell.
What a day! We headed out of Seyðisfjorður with plans to go to Höfn but decided to take a right at the intersection to Egilsstaðir to head to Borgarfjörður instead. Since we didn’t make it to Skalanes to see the puffins, we thought we’d try our luck in Borgarfjörður. So another windy, snow-squalled trip filled later, we arrived.
We said our goodbyes to couch surfing host and his German guests in the morning and headed off pass Mývatn and on to Krafla. The houses were dusted with snow in the morning. During the day, rain turned to snow, and snow turned to blistering icy pellets.
A slightly more relaxed day but boy was it still cold! We headed out from Akureyri this morning and dropped off a fellow couch surfer at Godafoss as he tries to continue hitchhiking around Iceland. The we drove through Húsavik and onto Asbyrgi Canyon.
Day 3 was our big Mývatn day. First we stopped at goðafoss where the legend tells of a pagan priest, Thorgeir, who threw his pagan idols into the waterfall when he decided that his people should adopt Christianity. From there we headed to Mývatn up the west coast of the lake.
We left Osár around 10:00 after a breakfast of oatmeal, muesli, and bananas. We headed to Blönduós and started our tunnel trips across to Sauðárkrókur. From there, we started our tour of the Tröllaskagi peninsula heading north to the town of Siglufjörður.
After a long day’s drive covering over 500 km through the Snæsfellsnes Peninsula, we arrive at Osár Hostel in Osár.
Day one of my week in Iceland begins with a drive to the Snæsfellsnes Peninsula. Continue reading
Update: Click here for the full itinerary and links from the full trip!
Over the next couple weeks I’ll be posting about my road trip around Iceland. After an amazing week in Iceland, I definitely think it deserves more than 8 days but if you only have a week, it is doable and I’ll let you know how I did it. Here’s a few highlights from the trip.
I’m continuing my exploration of the beautiful hiking trails easily accessible from Vancouver. Today I went to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. With its dense forest, steep cliffs, and shoreline trails, it’s no wonder many photographers hit these trails to capture that perfect view.
Just a short 30 minutes drive from downtown Vancouver is the easternmost section of the Baden Powell Trail that leads you to the top of Quarry Rock. While there is some uneven terrain, this easy 3.8km round trip trail will have you enjoying densely wooded areas leading to a scenic outcrop overlooking the water and mountains.
All year round, locals and visitors alike head flock to many of Vancouver’s accessible walking trails to take a quick break from the urban hub. So many of us head out in fact that English Bay can feel awfully crowded and noisy on a sunny day. That’s when I head over to Spanish Banks.
A few more photos of the astounding Joshua Tree National Park in Palm Springs, California. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. Check out the link below for more about Palm Springs.
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The city is in bloom and the cherry blossoms have everyone excited about spring being just around the corner. I certainly was when I enjoyed a sunny walk last weekend to photograph some early cherry blossoms.
If you’re in Vancouver, here are 5 things to do to join in the cherry blossom celebrations: Continue reading
I moved to Vancouver in late summer last year. New places can be exciting and isolating as you find your pace in the rhythm of a new city. This short video captures some of those first few weeks and months of discovery.
There’s a feeling of home starting to creep in but there’s still a palpable foreignness. Having lived across Canada, I sometimes feel like an unofficial cultural ambassador. There are obvious differences in landscapes, languages, and cultural diversity across the country but there are also social subtleties that take a little more time to understand. I haven’t quite been able to put into words some of the moments here in Vancouver that catch me off guard so I’ll start by letting these images do the talking. Continue reading
Postcard Monday will be going on hiatus as I work on a few other projects – there’s a lot I want to share with you. I’ve posted a video today of my first few weeks in Vancouver from when I moved here at the end of summer last year. Let me know what you think!
I moved to Vancouver in late summer last year. New places can be exciting and isolating as you find your pace in the rhythm of a new city. However, if you keep your heart open, even just a little, the secrets that make a city great slowly reveal themselves.
This short video captures those first few weeks of discovery, the first few weeks of finding myself within a new home. The music played by pianist Sanaz Sotoudeh was recorded at the public concert at the Vancouver Facade Fest 2015.
Hope you enjoy TheTravelingUrbanite.com’s first video!
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