Iceland: Key learnings for the future

Today is my last day in Iceland. Perhaps this captures my experience the most: I have loved every minute of this experience. Iceland,  in many respects,  is the pilot for my future travel plans. I am off travelling around Africa and the Americas starting July this year. My first blog was about the backpack and initial learnings from the pilot. This update is about the learnings which I believe would apply for a long term travel experience. 1. Health is wealth My right knee gave me trouble a few times. After walking for around 7 to 8 km at a … Continue reading Iceland: Key learnings for the future

Iceland: South Shore

I continued my exploration of Iceland with the South Shore experience with Reykjavík Excursions. During the day,  we covered a glacier,  a couple of waterfalls ( Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfalls), got close to the Atlantic ocean with black sandy beaches and finally learned a bit more about the fishing community at Skógar Folk Museum. Skógafoss Waterfall Continue reading Iceland: South Shore

Iceland: Golden Circle

On Monday,  after a restful and relaxing weekend in Reykjavík, I joined Reykjavík Excursions on their tour of the Golden Circle. While I prefer smaller groups,  the larger bus and group was well compensated by a very good and knowledgeable tour guide. And for the next 8 hours she provided us with a lot of information on the sights we experienced. We started off with the Geysir geothermal area with the star of the show: Strokkur. The shoot up itself was good,  if not spectacular. For folks who have been to Rotuara in New Zealand,  the smell of hydrogen sulphide … Continue reading Iceland: Golden Circle

Iceland – the first weekend

After landing in Reykjavik and getting through the border control process (which was very smooth), I boarded the Fly bus to my hostel Hlemmur Square. The total journey lasted 45 minutes and I reached the hostel around 1:30am. A quick check-in and then I crashed. I had the weekend to look forward to and needed the rest. After a good night’s sleep and a late start, I walked out of the hostel intending to cover many sights as possible (I knew the city is small so when I started I felt a day was enough). While the sun god was still … Continue reading Iceland – the first weekend