Day 19–Ferry ride and Northern Lights

Today we leave the West Fjords and head south on the car ferry Ferjan Baldur. It’s a 3 hour boat ride and we had internet connectivity the whole way. I still got a little bored and had a nice nap on the way. Looking at the forecast for tomorrow it was going to be overcast…

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Day 18 – Dynjandi

Today’s highlight was the trip to Dynjandi. We’ve seen a lot of waterfalls by now but I think Dynjandi is the prettiest with it’s wide veil. You see this waterfall many k’s away and it gets more impressive the closer you get. It’s actually a series of waterfalls with a total height around 100 meters….

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Day 16-17 Rainy West Fjords

Saturday – Our run of good weather has ended for now. It’s been a pretty bleak drive to get to  Ísafjörður. We’re taking the opportunity to rest and enjoy staying in the one hotel for 2 nights in a row and to try and get some washing done in the sink and make use of…

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Day 14 15–Heading West

Day 14 – After a disappointing night, and a bleak outlook we weren’t keen on an early start so took out time to head west today. First stop to break up the drive was Goðafoss. I’d had it on my list originally, then removed it as there were more impressive waterfalls but last minute to…

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Day 13–Hunting for the Northern Lights

It was really overcast this morning so we took the opportunity of having the same hotel for 2 nights and getting some sleep. With the long sunlight hours we’ve been having long days on the road and we’re both pretty tired. Things like riding around the lake I’d originally had on my list are out…

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Day 12–Dettifoss

This morning we set off on a little adventure to find the location of a photo I’d spotted – Bjolfur. It’s just before the turnoff to Seydisfjordur. It’s a small gravel road and all I have is my memory of the photo and a rough lat/long other than the name. We find the sign that…

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Day 11–Bye Icebergs, Off to The East

After being told about the previous night’s Northern Lights I woke about once an hour and looked out the window in hope of the elusive green in the sky to no avail. Up early for sunrise to head back to Jökulsárlón to get the Icebergs in the morning light. We headed for the beach and…

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Day 10 – Off to Jökulsárlón

While we slept last night there was a great Northern Lights display….bummer. The hotels really need a  “Please wake me if there’s Northern Lights option. I had checked the forecast earlier in the day and it was cloudy..must have cleared up. After yesterday’s windscreen sacrifice to the weather gods we were given another beautiful day….

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Day 9–Vik And Surrounds

After crashing hard and a good night’s sleep we woke to a beautiful morning. First we headed to Reynifjara Beach to suss out the area. Light isn’t good there in the morning and there’s nobody in sight. The sand is dark grey and full of the most perfect skipping stones. Short drive round the corner…

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Day 8–The Golden Circle

Today was a massive day – lots to see and a long way to drive. We’d  made the right sacrifice as the weather gods were in our favour today. We had clear skies and amazing light. We picked up our CX-5 – probably the grubbiest rental we’ve ever had. The good thing is we don’t…

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Day 7–Bye Helsinki, Hello Reykjavik

I tried really hard for some night shots last night but by the time the sun went down and was finally dark I could barely keep my eyes open. Luckily I was wide awake at 4am. I wanted to see what Central Station looked like lit up and this was my last chance. Of course…

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Day 5–Helsinki

After waking up early, realising the internet was out and eventually going back to sleep we had a lazy morning of eating through the rest of our non-transportable food and generally packing before heading off to Helsinki. Great run with no dramas and with the petrol station leading into our drop-off we bid farewell to…

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Day 4–Spin around the Archipelago

After another bad night of sleep with a throbbing arm I was wide awake for 3:30am. Switching sides had made it a lot better meaning my good side got bumped in the night. Good time to do the previous day’s post. I’ve given up on finishing my deck till I get to Helsinki tomorrow where…

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Day 3–Rainy Day In Turku

As we settled into our cabin it started to rain. It rained most of the night and the early hours of the morning. After a full day of being out of my arm brace and battling for bed space in the not king size bed my arm was sore so I was promptly awake at…

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Day 2–Cruisy Drive to Turku

After crashing hard, unsurprisingly I woke up crazy early. Luckily I packed a bag of lollies we quickly devoured at 2am. We have heaps of time to kill before we head to Turku so lots of light napping till about 8 when we venture out to the big shopping centre on the other side of…

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Day 1– To Helsinki

Our journey began with a delayed flight. Many thanks to Cathay Pacific for the sms around 6pm to tell us our flight was delayed till 2am so we could alter our pickup and spend a little less time at the airport. Unsurprisingly it is fairly quiet at that time so getting through security was pretty…

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Day 26 Humberstone

I booked us a rental car so we could go to Humberstone for the morning. The Thrifty was a few blocks away and we picked up our little car. It’s manual (neither of us has driven a manual for almost 3 years) and they drive on the wrong side of the road here and almost…

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Day 25 – EarthQuake

After a good sleep-in after yesterday’s long bus trip we went for a wander around the town and to look for some lunch. There’s a long ‘boardwalk’ along the coast. There’s a bunch of construction going on all along here which I’m guessing is getting ready for summer. They’re adding some nice timber walkways and…

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Day 24–ANZ Outage and Bus Change Fun

Sleep-in after yesterday. Tomorrow we head off but not till 9:30pm and have to check out at 12 so we’re trying to find options to keep us amused. Then I notice we could get an alternate bus but it’s not “direct”. We can’t book online which is really odd. So we pop out for lunch…

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Day 23–Tour Day

Today was a long day. We did a big tour of some of the main sites. First main stop was at the old bell tower and we saw the nun from the church across the road climb the ladder and ring it. Next up Tropic of Capricorn. Pass some vicunas. Next we arrived at some…

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Day 22 Checking Out the Desert

Saturday morning we had a bit of a sleep in after lots of travel it starts to catch up with you. We have the biggest bed I’ve ever seen. It’s like sleeping in a bed by yourself the other person is so far away and we’re used to sleeping in a King. The afternoon was…

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day 18-20 Volcanoes

Monday we started our 3 day tour of some of the volcanoes in Ecuador. After a late start due to communication issues we drive to Antisana. First up is a hike – walking at this altitude really hurts and you end up walking so slow. The view at the top isn’t too bad and we…

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Day 17 Riding the Ciclopaseo of Quito

Last night we went for a bit of a wander for dinner. The place seemed eerily abandoned. The police had started taping a few of the cross streets off for some reason. Found a steak place that we had to ourselves for dinner and then headed back. Then most of the streets are taped off,…

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Day 16 Getting High in Quito

We went in search of high places in Quito. It’s not hard when you’re already at 2800m but we wanted a good look at the city. We’re near old town which has a lot of old buildings and most of them are churches. We’re not big into churches so I limit us to one –…

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Day 15 Bye Bye Galapagos, Hello Quito

This morning had a fairly early start with a 6am taxi, a ferry to Baltra, a bus to the airport and a flight to Quito. Annoyingly you “have” to be at the airport 90 mins before the flight even though it’s basically an upgraded shed. Final thoughts on the Galapagos…. – It’s quite expensive to…

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Day 14–KoM hunting in the Galapagos

After sitting around on a boat for a week doing sweet FA I thought it was a good idea to go for a bit of a ride while we had the chance. We’d spotted a bike hire place whose bikes weren’t completely rusted and had disc brakes and John had found some Strava segments he…

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