Next Up-Iceland

iceland mapJune 24 we leave for Iceland via Minnesota. I know, that’s another story, but it does permit an overnight visit to my sister in White Bear Lake.

For those who follow our car rallies, this is not a rally. Those will wait until fall when we first go to Italy for Odyssey Italia and then on to Africa for the African Safari Challenge.

Iceland is described as an underpopulated island marooned near the top of the globe. Active volcanos rumble and glaciers grind. Waterfalls and geysers are so frequent, I’ve been told you finally stop photographing them.  Ed and I hired a car through Nordic Visitor. We pick up our car in Reykjavik and drive counter-clockwise on route 1 around the country on what is known (at least to tourists) as the Golden Circle. Nordic Visitor booked our hotels and provides complete guide information and maps with highlights to see each day. We have no agenda other than to be at the booked hotel each night.

South Iceland is the most visited region, with plenty of waterfalls, glacier, geysers, mountains, geothermal lakes, and black sand beaches. We have a day in vibrant, colorful Reykjavik to learn to pronounce the name and perhaps get over a bit of jet lag. DSC_1040

Everyone remarks on the incredible landscape but we’ve heard the people and culture are just as impressive. This is not the time of year to see the aurora borealis, but maybe. We will be north of the Arctic circle. It is the time of year to need black-out curtains for the almost 24 hours of daylight.

Personally, I plan to see whales when we stop in Husavik and hopefully Puffins DSC_1182along the way. These photos are by permission of Lilla Howle, daughter who went last July and inspired our trip.

I will blog as we go and add my own photos and impressions of this very unique country.



About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to Next Up-Iceland

  1. Cathy says:

    Wishing you a trouble free journey. Thank you for keeping in touch. Take care, Cathy

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