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Whale Watching in Iceland

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Before I went to Iceland, I knew that Whale Watching could be very hit or miss. Sometimes groups were treated to views of huge whales jumping from the water, while others had to make due with the odd whale fin or tail poking up from the water. After our disappointing puffin tour the day before, we weren’t feeling great about our chances on the sea and discussed just skipping the whale tour. (The cost had been included in our Iceland Air package so we wouldn’t really be loosing any money). Knowing we would feel guilty if we skipped it, we decided to give … Read More

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Thoughts on Iceland

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Hopefully you have all been reading my very thorough coverage of my Iceland Trip. I’ve shared my experience with dog sledding, glacier hiking, puffin watching, and all the other fun activities Holly and I were able to try during our trip. But, the trip wasn’t just back to back adventure sports. There were hours and hours spent in the car, alone on the road with just a can of Pringles and Adele to keep us company. There were late nights in strangely sunny bars. Then there was that incident with the glory hole. But don’t worry, more on that late. … Read More

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Ridiculous Things I wore in Iceland

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All of Iceland was pretty much not a good look for me. For such a short trip, I found myself wearing a large number of ridiculous things. Even more strange was the fact that I let Holly photograph me wearing each of these outfits. (Let/Posed and begged her to snap a photo…whats the difference?) Against my better judgement, I thought I would share some of my favorites (I use that term very loosely). Warning, this post is borderline narcasstic. It started out pretty tame with a few viking dress up sessions. I think we can all agree that that helmet was … Read More

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Puffin Watching with Special Tours

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  If you read my blog, you know how excited I was about Puffin Watching. If not, the answer was that I was really REALLY excited. So excited, that I planned my puffin watching expedition with Special Tours for our very first day in Reykjavik. After our airport pickup, and a tour of the nearby area we checked into our hotel and realized we only had about an hour to spare before our puffin boat tour at 2:30. After a quick celebratory beer (we were celebrating our arrival – yes I have low celebration standards), we headed down to the … Read More

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Renting a Car in Iceland

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I’ve talked before about the value of renting a car while traveling – I think it gives you the ability to really see a country in way that you can’t with a tour bus. On our trip, an Iceland car rental was no exception. We rented a car from Route 1 Rental Car for our last three days and used it to explore the countryside at our own pace. So what advantages did the rental car provide? It allowed us to explore on our own schedule. Iceland’s tour operators offer trips to almost every single destination on the island, with … Read More

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Win a Trip to Iceland with Iceland Unlimited!

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  I’ve gotten so much wonderful feedback from all of you about how excited you were to read about my trip to Iceland. Based on your comments, it sounds like may of you are ready to start planning your own trip’s to Iceland! Well, now is your chance to win your very own all expenses paid trip to Iceland through a company I was lucky enough to work with during my trip, Iceland Unlimited. They recently launched a fun new facebook game that allows you to compete as the infamous Icelandic Volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. You get to control Eyjafjallajökull as it erupts and … Read More

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Snorkeling in Freezing Cold Silfra

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  When you think of things to do in Iceland, some of the activities you read about make sense: Glacier Hiking, Snowmobiling, Dog Sledding. Then of course there is the great snorkeling…wait, what? That was pretty much my exact reaction when I heard that Iceland had some of the best snorkeling. I had this image of myself in a bikini paddling around ice and slowly (quickly) turning blue. Of course, it’s nothing like that – in fact, if you’ve ever gone snorkeling before you will find that Iceland snorkeling is a whole new experience. But let’s back up a bit. … Read More

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Dog Sledding Iceland

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Like many things we wish to achieve in life, the road to dog sledding was long, windy and often bumpy. However, far from being a metaphor, the twisty gravel road we took through the interior of Iceland in our tiny rental car was very very real. We had been driving for about 20 minutes, hoping that Adele’s motivational lyrics would propel our car to new feats of Suzuki strength. I was beginning to worry we had gotten horribly off track when we were alerted to the dog camp by the sound of 50 barking dogs. Dog camp  of Dog Sledding … Read More

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The Blue Lagoon Iceland

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Oh the famous Blue Lagoon, Iceland.  The most famous attraction of the tiny Iceland, it sees more visitors each year than the country’s entire population.  A giant geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon is known for its milky blue water, its steamy atmosphere and alien lava sculpted landscape. I had my reservations about the Blue Lagoon – I worried that like so many of these lauded tourist attractions, the Blue Lagoon would let me down. But – It’s amazing. It seriously lived up to every expectation. The Blue Lagoon is located very near Iceland’s international airport, making it the perfect place … Read More

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Walking across the Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Iceland

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  As you approach the Svinafellsjokull Glacier at Skaftafell the first thing that hits you isn’t the sheer size of the glacier looming in front of you. In fact, the massive white summit is dwarfed by the impact of a small sign you approach the glacier entrance. Mounted on a unimpressive boulder, the square sliver sign lists two names with a simple note: “Missing on the glacier since 2007. With love from their family and friends” The sign was a sober reminder on a cheerful, sunny morning in Iceland. A reminder that Iceland’s famous glaciers are not simple tourist attractions. In … Read More

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