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The Magic of Iceland - Aug 10-22, 2003

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Day 1-4 | Day 5-7 | Day 8-10 | Day 11-13 | Iceland Tour Route Map

Trip Itinerary:
Day 	Date	Hotel - Location			Sights/Comments				
1	10	Evening Flight 				SEA-MSP-KEF
2	11	Guesthouse Sunna			FlyBus to Reykjavík. Rest of day free in Reykjavík		
3	12	Hótel Tindastóll			Ţingvellir,Geysir, and Gullfoss
4	13	Hótel Tindastóll			Harbor tour from Sauđárkrokur, riding show in Skagafjörđur

Iceland Tour Route Covered about 2700 km (~1700 miles), much of it on unpaved roads.
~39,600 sq. mi. (Washington State is 71,303 sq. mi. for comparison)
Pop. 280,798 (July 2003 est.; 184,200 live in Reykjavík)

Day 2 - Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík

Outside Reykjavík City Hall

Iceland topo map inside City Hall

Inside Hallgrímskirkja

Reykjavík from top of Hallgrímskirkja. Guesthouse Sunna in foreground.

Day 3 - Our first stop is at the ancient parliament site Ţingvellir (Thingvellir)

Tourists stroll along site path, not fully cognizant they are on the tectonic rift.

The site straddles the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which are slowly separating. Icelanders joke about having a large country some day...

Geysir quiet

Geysir moments later...

Approaching Gullfoss 'Foss' is Icelandic for 'Falls'

Lower Gullfoss

Upper Gullfoss panorama

Gullfoss poster shot w/ rainbow!

Sheep meander along the interior

Along the interior road Kjölur. Had to stop to tighten wheel lug nuts...

Hveravellir Quick Time Movie (1.8MB) (download to desktop if link doesn't work)

Hveravellir fumerole

Turf house at Hveravellir area

Sheep at Hveravellir area

Day 4 - Drangey island. Boat tour from the harbor town Sauđárkrokur

Drangey #2. Saga hero Grettir the Strong swam to the island

I actually caught 2 fish! 1 'redfish' (here) and 1 cod. (Barbara took picture)

Hypnotic basaltic formations

Departing from visit to Hofsós. We will be back there on Day 5.

Tour Guide/Driver Hinrik, and his 7 yr. old son Bjarni.

Caught this Bird? in flight

Returning to Sauđárkrokur

Our tour boat

Hótel Tindastóll - excellent hot tub in back. Offset by fermented shark 'appetizer' at dinner

Day 1-4 | Day 5-7 | Day 8-10 | Day 11-13

  1. U.O.N., Olympus C-740 UltraZoom Digital Photography by William F. Smith (3.2 MP, 2048x1536, 10X optical 38-380mm)

Last Update 12-Oct-03