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For 91 Days in Iceland – The E-Book

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Over the course of the 91 days we spent in Iceland, we saw more otherworldly nature than in the rest of our lives combined. This tiny country on the northern edge of the Atlantic Ocean is one of the most special places on Earth, filled not just with unforgettable outdoor adventures, but with wonderful little towns and some of the friendliest people we’ve ever encountered.

We’ve now collected our blog into an e-book for your Kindle, Nook or other e-reader. With over 100 articles and 220 full-color photos, and indexes organized alphabetically and by category, this portable edition is perfect for when you’re out and about in Iceland. Whether you plan on climbing a glacier, dodging a volcano, drinking a pint in Reykjavík or navigating the gorgeous and remote Westfjords, we’re sure that our experiences can help enrich your own.

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For just a few bucks, you can download your own copy of the book for use on your e-reader or computer, giving you access to our articles wherever you are, without having to connect to the internet. And, buying the e-book is a great way to support our project… take a look at some sample pages from the PDF.

March 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm Comments (17)

Ósar and Borgarvirki

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Stretching into the arctic waters of the Atlantic on Iceland’s northeastern coast, the Vatnsnes Peninsula is usually over-looked, but has a couple worthwhile places at which to stop. At Ósar, there’s a seal colony which lives on a sandbank just across a narrow stretch of water. And the Viking-era fort at Borgarvirki offers interesting history and a fantastic view of the region.

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It was an extremely windy afternoon, and we feared that Ósar’s seal colony wouldn’t be home. At first, these fears were borne out. We hiked about fifteen minutes down to the shore, but didn’t see a single seal. Eventually, though, one raised his head out of the water. He was watching us closely, taking our measure, and only disappearing when Jürgen started making kissy-noises at him.

The flirting must have worked, however, because seals now started popping up all over the place. We saw at least ten, diving around, playing, and always keeping a careful eye on us. We had hoped to see them basking on the shore, but it wasn’t exactly a day for basking. Still, if you want to see seals, Ósar seems a pretty safe bet.

Next up was the ancient fort called Borgarvirki, just south of Ósar. It’s built atop an immense volcanic plug and dates from the settlement era, but not much else is known about Borgarvirki. It doesn’t appear in the literature or accounts of the time, so nobody knows for sure who built it or for what purpose. I assume it was a defensive lookout, because from the top you can see for miles.

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Listasafn Íslands: The National Gallery

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Found right downtown, across from the Tjörnin Lagoon and next to the Free Lutheran Church, the Listasafn Íslands is stationed in a former freezing plant. Why not? What could make a better center for Icelandic art than an ice house?

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Given the country’s rich cultural history, the Listasafn was smaller than I expected. There are three floors, but each has just a single room and only one of these is dedicated to the permanent collection. Even though we took our time, we were done in about twenty minutes.

It was nice to see some of Iceland’s more classical art: scenes inspired by the country’s astonishing natural landscapes, and depictions of 19th century Reykjavík. I just wish there had been more of it. Apparently, the museum has collected over 10,000 paintings, but the building on Frikirkjuvegi simply isn’t large enough to show even a fraction of that.

The museum is perfect for a nasty day, when Reykjavík’s unpredictable weather has ruined your other plans. Pop in and get a quick fix of culture before heading off to the bar.

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Flying Over the Westfjords

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You Also Might Want To Check Out Our First Flight Over Iceland!

We had spent an exhausting six days driving and camping around the Westfjords, the remote slice of land that makes up Iceland’s northwestern corner. It was an amazing trip, but also amazingly tiring. “That’s it!” we cried once back in the capital. “We’s taken all the Westfjords we can take and we can’t takes no more!” Little did we know, we’d return the very next day.

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When the opportunity for a flight over Iceland arises, we’re never going to say, “No”. And so when we had the chance to get into a Cessna the day after returning from our trip to the Westfjords, we didn’t hesitate. Just a couple days ago, we’d thrilled to the sight of airplanes landing at Ísafjörður’s terrifying landing strip… and now we’d be doing it ourselves.

Here’s something to know about Ísafjörður’s airport: pilots from around Europe come here to train for “difficult” landings. If you can land at Ísafjörður, you’re pretty good! Luckily, our pilot turned out to be pretty good. We flew in at an angle, straight toward a mountain, and dropped sharply toward the landing strip. The touchdown was smooth, but I have no shame in admitting that I very nearly soiled the back of our cute little plane.

The landing was the most exciting part, but flying over this region which we’d just driven through was wonderful. There, the Látrabjarg Cliffs! Breiðavík! The Dynjandi Falls! Patreksfjörður and Flateyri! From the air, the sheer insanity of the Westfjords’ landscape comes to life. There’s a reason hardly anyone lives here: this is a godforsaken land of unbreachable mountains and eternal snow. To fully appreciate its grandeur, you have to see it from above.

We’ve been lucky to take a few flights around Iceland. If you’d like to do something similar, get in touch with us and we can share our contact.

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September 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm Comments (7)
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