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The Blue Lagoon

5 May 2009

A perfect end to the trip – soaking in geothermal water and sampling Blue Lagoon’s silica mud mask.

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The Golden Circle: Gullfoss

3 May 2009

Gullfoss (or ‘Golden Waterfalls’) is a mother of waterfalls. This gargantuan double-falling beauty generates mist like no tomorrow and was tough to get to in wintry conditions. We slipped and slided along an icy trail while clinging for our lives on the handrail. Then we clambered up and down large snow covered boulders before we jumped down on an icy landing only to escape near death.

gullfoss

Gullfoss - amazing!

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The Golden Circle: Geysir

27 April 2009

The Geysir is a natural hot spring which periodically erupts a giant column of boiling water into the air (up to 60m).  To see this Icelandic wonder in action is rare because it hardly erupts, maybe once or twice a day or even less. It’s a matter of being there at the right moment. Mind you, we got very close to the hole but then scurried behind the rope perimeter!

Don't fall in!

Don't fall in!

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The Golden Circle: Þingvellir

25 April 2009

The Golden Circle is South Iceland’s well trodden tourist trail and 3 things you are bound to see are:

  1. Þingvellir
  2. Geysir
  3. Gullfoss

Þingvellir (pronounced ‘Thingvellir’), a national park, is home to what remains of the world’s oldest parliament site.  Full of beautiful rift valleys where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are apparently drifting apart at the slow rate of 2cm per year, this site looks gorgeous in winter.  Take a look:

View of Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park covered in snow

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Take a Walk on the Ice Side

13 March 2009

Less than 2 hours sleep? Missed the hotel pick up? Paid A$10 for a 1-minute cab ride to the bus terminal? It doesn’t matter because it’s not every day you get to walk on Iceland’s 4th largest glacier.

Ahh...beautiful

Wouldn't miss this for the world

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Winter wonderland

12 March 2009

It’s 1.00am, -1°C.  The air is crisp. Fog appears with every breath.  Youngsters crowd the main street and hang outside bar after bar. As alcohol is ridiculously expensive in this country, most are already drunk from drinking their stash at home. It would explain why those out are so merry, friendly and eager to talk.  ” Do you like Iceland?”   

Some very friendly locals. Photo courtesy of cwong

Some very friendly locals. Photo courtesy of PB.

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Ryanair sucks

11 March 2009
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When I heard that Ryanair wants to charge passengers per poo or wee and is considering credit card-operated toilets, I lost the plot. I developed ‘Ryanair rage’ and hence this post.

Ryanair has not been in my good books since I flew with them last November. It was the first and last time. Don’t be fooled by their cheap £10 flights, the hidden costs make Ryanair a ‘not so budget’ airline. Read more…