Iceland: Doing the Super-Tourist thing in the Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is the most popular tourist route in Iceland. For only about 90USD, you can get a day tour that fits perfectly into most people’s 24-48 hours in Iceland, from one of the many providers that send buses on the route. Due to our style of traveling, we hadn’t yet been in our…

How to make Coleen pull a funny face, or The þórsmörk River Crossing

The crossing at þórsmörk, in the specialty Highlands bus in Iceland. This river is deceptively dangerous, and a fair few people drown at this crossing every year. We watched earlier in the day as the camp wardens dragged an unsuitable Subaru across with a tractor. The water comes up over the wheels of the huge-ass…

Iceland’s Westfjords: Látrabjarg, The Cliff At the End of Europe

Látrabjarg is a massive cliff that houses the nesting areas for thousands of birds. It also happens to be the farthest West point in Europe. Impressive as the cliffs are (and smelly!), I preferred to look out over the Atlantic in the direction of the Americas. They say that on a clear day, one might…

Iceland’s Westfjords: Hike Day

Last week we went on a hike in Hnífsdalur, in Iceland’s Westfjords region. It is a hike that is advertised as a guided one from the local tour companies, but we didn’t feel the need to pay the money for it. We went on our own and avoided paying, and we were able to go our…

Iceland’s Westfjords: The Road Less Taken

Many tourists come to Iceland with the goal of ‘doing the Ring Road.’ They want to drive around Route 1 all the way, starting and ending in Reykjavik. Unfortunately for many of them, this does not include the Westfjords. The place is remote, and even some Icelanders have not visited. The upper lefthand corner of…