June 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.
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 along 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.