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Saturday 22st of June is our last full day in the Iceland. Our flight is scheduled on Monday at about 7am, hence I do not count it.

I wish we had such weather whole time as it is these days. But at least we have seen all possibilities.

The biggest (and the tallest) attraction today is hike to waterfall Glymur. Otherwise we just need to drive to south with occasional diversion and stop.

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We plan to spend Saturday 21st of June in Northwest Iceland. Beautiful weather started later yesterday and it is the same today.

We need to travel a lot today again, there is no chance we could reach our destination Reykir soon. But there should be plenty of light as we have learned from previous days. Not to mention it is Summer solstice today.

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On Friday 20th of June we are going again to Jökulsárgljúfur, because we did not go to Selfoss yesterday. This time we are going to try western road. Then we are going (again :-) ) to geothermal fields of Námafjall. This time with cameras.

Then we are going to check out surroundings of Mývatn (depends on weather), go to Goðafoss and finally to reach Akureyri.

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Thursday 19th of June we plan to jump to north part of Iceland. Jump means there are not many stops planned on our route.

Weather is much worse than it was yesterday, it is cold and it rains at noon.

We planned to take Ring road as far as possible, but directions to our hostel in Berunes mention also road 939 Öxi that goes through mountains and is 4WD. We decided to give it a try.

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Finally I am able to publish about the 5th day in Iceland. Actually, photos were ready before our Norway trip, but I did not have time to select them.

Wednesday 18th of June is even better weather than last day. It is sunny, but with much better visibility. Our planned mileage is smaller today, but there is paid attraction with possibility of many people in queue.

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Original plan was to finish all posts about Iceland today. However, as is quite normal, a lot of problems occured so I was not able to finish more than one half. There were problems with color management, not enough time during evenings and finally (this is not problem, it was planned) I needed to finish details about our Norway trip that begins later tomorrow (Thursday).

So I would like to appologize to all few readers I have and beg for their patience. I'll be back and then everything gets published. In the meantime you can look forward for big waterfalls, more lupines, geothermal fields and similar. Not to mention fjords from Norway, even higher mountains and trees :-)

Small preview of missing photos from Iceland:

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Tuesday 17th of June is finally sunny and beautiful. No wind is added bonus. I wish all our days were sunny here.

Whole bunch of waterfalls is planned for today, some are small, some tall, and at least 2 are famous. A word about waterfalls. Our plan contains about 16 waterfalls, but we probably have seen so many of them already. But most of them were small streams falling from cliff. Interesting sight, but we are getting to be used to that. Day after afternoon we will stop taking pictures of those anonymous completely :-)

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Monday 16th of June we plan to go to Landmannalaugar. Later we are going to move to the Skógar.

Landmannalaugar is geothermal and volcanic area full of unbelievable colors. It was expected to be one of highlights of our holidays in Iceland and I looked forward to it for long time. Problem is that it is rather cloudy and rain is expected.

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Sunday 15th June 2008 is our first all-Iceland day. Our plan is to see Golden Circle, a few waterfalls and get to highlands. It is cloudy and forecast predicts rain.

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Saturday 14th June 2008 started rather soon for Zuzka and me. We got up before 3am and went to bus to London at 4am (Peter came to Stansted day before).

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Just a moment ago I received 'Thank you' email from Expedia for booking flight tickets to Keflavik with them. Nice touch, but those who have read my last post know that flight was cancelled and refunded in March.

So their service is not terrible only because they forgot to send me mail about cancelation (they had only "there are problems with you booking - call NNNNNN (so you can pay us for asking for refund ;-) )" statement on web page that I found only thanks to pure luck, but they also forgot that they refunded it!

Now I am kicking myself. If I knew that before the "flight" I could ask for another refund :-D Or maybe my paranoid self should start to be worried ;-)

BTW photos are slowly coming, stay tuned.

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Iceland trip is over

Added: June 24, 2008

Tags: Iceland

We have returned from our vacation in Iceland yesterday. We spent there 9 days (I do not count last morning at the airport). It was really great! But short.

We started to talk about Iceland in July last year, just to think that it would be cool to go there. Everything was clear in October when we bought flight tickets and started to google nice places that we want to visit. But then everything started to complicate:

  • British Airways cancelled all flights to Iceland and it did not bother to inform us (the same approach was choosen by Expedia that we used to book flight). It cost me a lot just to call them several times, "listen to nice music" then wait for 3 months followed with another call just to get refund. Customer satisfaction ZERO.
  • I have decided to change job (and country) thus I was not sure at the beginning of April whether we are going or not. Fortunatelly I found nice job where it was not problem to let me go to holiday even before probation period is over. Employee satisfaction 100% :-) Thus we booked another flight in the same term with Iceland Express (unfortunatelly it costs twice as much to get some service for your money).
  • Strong earthquake happened in Iceland 2 weeks before our trip, enriching my fantasies about cancelled trip for a few days
So after booking the second bunch of flight tickets fun part started again - reading, googling, planning, booking hostels.
You would not believe it, but you need to beg one travel organization in Iceland to get your money - they do not have problem to promise you accommodation, but you cannot be sure until it is paid for. And they just did not respond to mails or their response just repeated that accommodation is booked and I need to pay. I just wonder if it was only coincidence that they charged my card a few hours after that earthquake, but it looks like that it helped me :-)

Strokkur geysir in action

Highlights

I mentioned several problems that happened before our trip. I have to say they were well worth because we had very good time there with following highlights (not necessary it this order):
  • waterfalls (Glymur, Goðafoss, Gullfoss, Dettifoss, Selfoss, Foss á Síðu, ...)
  • Svínafellsjökull glacier
  • boat trip at Jökulsárlón
  • 2 hours hike to Svartifoss starting at 21:05 (9pm) and having daylight after return
  • Moon and Mars landscapes
  • 4WD "hikes"
  • a lot of violet flowers
  • hike to Glymur
  • colorful mountains
  • deep canyons
  • Blue lagoon
  • Slovaks working in restaurant at Vík
  • Mountain ranger that never met anyone from Slovakia and was keen to show us Landmannalaugar and to teach us how to cross rivers properly
  • 3000+ photos (some of them might be even good ;-) )
  • geysir(s)
  • hot mudpots
  • snowing in geothermal field
  • twisted lava fields
  • trees :-)

Due to huge amount of photos I am not able to publish them immediatelly. It will take some time, but the first days should be published soon. So stay tuned!

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