Iceland · 14 Days · 36 Moments · July 2017

Aris's tour through Iceland


10 August 2017

1. The Hofdl House has witnessed a few historical moments. It was also the venue where Reagan met Gorbachev in 1986. It is also haunted by a female ghost. 2. The Sun Vovager: a Viking boat? A whale ? Or a phoenix?
My paragliding pilot. Of course, I am only doing tandem.

9 August 2017

Icelandic artists - museums visits in Reykjavik

7 August 2017

Reykjavik Pic 1: I am very pretty! Pic 2: The Hallgrímskirkja Church
Murals on otherwise ordinary houses and random things.

6 August 2017

1. The Snorri's pool is a hot spring bath pool. It is almost a thousand years old. Snorri Sturluson (1179 – 23 September 1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician. 2. Another geothermal pool nearby.
In the troll land. Trolls are creatures who like eating humans. They are strong and big but stupid. Place your hand on the uppermost of a pile of stones and let it takes away your worries.
We went to a horse show and learned a few interesting things about Icelandic horses. The cardinal rule is - don't call an Icelandic horse a pony. It is considered an insult. They may be smaller but they are very sturdy and can withstand extremely cold weather Icelandic horses were brought to Iceland from Norway a thousand years ago and since then this breed has not changed. To protect their purity, they are not bred with other breeds. No horses can be imported to Iceland and no Icelandic horses once leave can return. All riding gears brought to Iceland has to be sterilised. Icelandic horses are even tempered and their natural gait is very distinctive. They compete in gaits rather than speed. Pic: Icelandic horses have a distinctive gait that make their movement smooth and steady. The rider in the picture has done a round on the track holding a glass of beer full to the rim and the beer didn't spill. The pic is taken after an ordinary gait to show the difference.

5 August 2017

Iceland is the Sagaland. Today we enter the saga saga land where the main actions took place. If you are interested in saga, you can find a collection of saga on kindle, but mind you it is 700 pages. Geoff have finished it, along with other books about Iceland. He also studied the saga map to link the stories with places. So he is rather excited today. I won't bother you with saga stories. I would only tell you how Icelanders name their children. Icelanders don't have surnames. Their names is in three parts - first name - father's name - son / daughter, as in Jon Magnsson (Jon, son of Magnus) Some of the names (nicknames) of saga heroes are quite funny, such as Ketil the Flat-nose, Olaf the Peacock, Audun the horse penis...
We watched a horse show and learned a few interesting things about Icelandic horses. The cardinal rule is - don't call an Icelandic horse a pony. It is considered an insult. Their horses may be smaller but they are very sturdy and is renowned for its tolerance with harsh weather. Icelandic horses were brought to Iceland from Norway a thousand years ago and since then this breed has not changed. To protect their purity, they are not bred with other breeds. No horses can be imported to Iceland and no Icelandic horses once leave can return. As a result, they are not exposed to horse epidemics in other parts of the world and all riding equipment brought to Iceland has to be sterilised. Icelandic horses are even tempered and their natural gait is distinctive . Pic: the rider has made a round of the track holding a beer full to the rim. No beer was spilled. She later did a more ordinary gait to show the difference. Icelandic horses can do 5 gaits while other horses only do 3 t
This is not a mound of grass. It is the roof of a turf house.

4 August 2017

Returning from whale watching about 11:30. Akureyi against the midnight sun We spotted humpback whales several times while they blew out air and when they dived. I did not take any pictures as my iPhone ran out of battery. Never mind, I have kept these moments in my memory. There was a biologist on board answering our questions. She told us tourists sometimes ask them where they can have whale meat right after the trip. Most are Asians. Japan kills more whales than other countries . Iceland killed several hundred. Commercial whaling in Iceland is basically to meet the the demand of tourists for whale meat.
In Akueyri, we were persuaded to go on to the 8:00pm whale watching trip. I personally preferred to go when the sun is high. But no one can predict the weather here so we may just go.

3 August 2017

Godafoss, where the statue of the pagan god was pushed into the waterfall in 999 signifying the conversion to Christianity in Iceland.
Lava rocks cover with moss. You can see them everywhere.
These lava rocks are still steaming up from the eruption 30 more years ago
A father helps his daughter washing off the dirt from her paw with the steaming Lagoon water

2 August 2017

We picked up these two young hitchhikers outside Hofn and dropped them off at their campsite. Two days later while we left Eglisstdir, we saw them hitchhiking again. What a coincidence. "Come on board, guys!"
Sign-&-deco on the wall of our hotel by Lake Myvatn, literally fly lake. The water does smell like rotten eggs. You need to hold your breath when you use it to brush your teeth. Walking into swarm of little flying insects is also quite an experience
A church in Husavik, the earliest settlement in Iceland. Whale watching is the main activity for tourists who come to this town.
Lots of puffins and seabirds are busy with feeding their chicks, flying to the sea for fish and then back to the nests on the cliff. Further north is the Arctic circle
The Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

1 August 2017

Rest for two nights by the Lake

31 July 2017

Food is expensive. A ordinary meal costs about €50 per person. Soup and dessert is usually around €20.
The Jokulaaelon Glacial Lagoon
The Fjallsarlon Glacial Lagoon

30 July 2017

The Skogafoss
The first church in Iceland. Skalholt, Iceland

29 July 2017

The Gullfoss.
The Geysir, where hot spring erupts almost every ten-minute. When it erupts, the water first raise to form a ball. In a minisecond, the water ball bursts and water shoots up into the sky
Tourists diving in the crystal clear water in the .Pingvellir National Park. You can touch the two tectonic plates by extending both arms The Law Rock where laws were proclaimed and disputes were settled
A common sight in Iceland
Water has No colour - so clear Lake Kleifarvatn

28 July 2017

We picked up our car at the Keflavik International Airport and started our adventure right away. Half and hour later, we saw this- the Krysuvik Geothermal Area
Boarding the Wow from Berlin to Iceland