Lifecruiser » Iceland Ranked Top 100 Travel Blog Lifecruiser. Travel information & photos. Europe, North & South America. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 13 Most Boost Trips Tue, 24 May 2011 10:53:21 +0000 Lifecruiser Lifecruiser now presents 13 of our experiences in different trips that gave us the most boost of inspiration and travel fuel. The trips experiences that makes the travel interest going.

Those different experiences from trips that for different reasons stays in our memories until eternity, for totally different reasons.

Not necessary so remarkable, just the ones given us most pleasure right in that moment. Often it is the mood you are in that defines a success, right?

  1. Most spectacular: Wet kiss at Iguazu Falls
  2. Best beach water: Elafonisi, Crete
  3. Biggest beach: Monte Gordo, Algarve, Portugal
  4. Best B&B: Steinway playing, Scotland
  5. Best hotel: Hotel Vanity Golf, Majorca, Spain
  6. Best hostel: Wombats City Hostel, Vienna, Austria
  7. Most unique roadtrip: 4620 km roadtrip to Spain
  8. Dearest memory: French Riviera blog meetup
  9. Biggest blog meetup: Oslo blog gathering, Norway
  10. Best tour experience: Iceland excursions
  11. Love memory 1: Proposal in Paris
  12. Love memory 2: Honeymoon, Crete, Greece
  13. Winner: Our engagement beach, Gotland, Sweden

You might wonder why the engagement beach are a winner?

It’s impossible to beat a fabulous island beach like that, especially deeply in love, in February changing rings in minus degrees, very windy with sand blowing into the Champagne glasses, totally alone under the stars – it felt like we were alone in the universe!

Recently we also made a Lifecruiser Travel brief list where you can have an overview over Lifecruiser trips we’ve done before.

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Iceland Is Niceland Mon, 02 Apr 2007 01:58:37 +0000 Lifecruiser We’ve finally arrived in the port of Reykjavik in Iceland!!! Let’s have a look around just around the harbor and along the nearest shore!

Iceland: Reykjavik harbor

Our second stop is going to the Blue Lagoon spa with geothermal seawater from wells 2000 m (6000 feet) deep and a temperature of 36-39°C (100-110°F) filled with silica, minerals salts and blue green algae. Oh, so refreshing to float around there!

Iceland: Blue Lagoon, floating

Next off to the nationalpark Thingvellir and Þingvallavatn (pronounced like th) which is a lake with a surface of 84 km² – the biggest (natural) lake of the island. Its greatest depth is 114 m and the large quantity of sulfur and salt, makes the lake extremely light and the water seems to be in less weight than other lakes. At the northern shore of the lake the parliament of Iceland, Alþingi, which was founded in the year of 930 – one of the oldest parliamentary institutions of the world!

Iceland: Thingvallavatn lake

The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs through Iceland there too and it’s clearly visible.

The geothermal power plant Nesjavellir provides Reykjavik with 25% of all their hot water through pipelines down to the city. An incredible installation, to see those pipelines drawn all over the countryside!

Then we have the spectacular waterfall Gullfoss which falls 32 meters in two steps. The water comes from the glacial river Hvítá which source is from underneath the glacier Langjökull and floats after about 133 kilometers right into the Atlantic Ocean.

Iceland: Gullfoss waterfall

And not to forget: the Geyser-area, to get real close to them and actually see the hole in the ground and the boiling water and then, slowly it builds up this one big bubble just before it have an outburst way up in the sky as a surprise!

The volcano Hekla is the most active volcano there, the last eruption were in 2000, but we just passed that one which I’m glad for… They have many small earthquakes every day, so I hope we can avoid it!

Iceland: Glacier melting

We will go on an excursions by jeep into the area of Þórsmörk (Thors wood), which is a valley who is difficult to reach beacuse it’s placed between three glaciers, named Myrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindafjallajökull. They emit a lot of melting water in the area, creating glacial rivers, so it’s difficult to go there without a jeep. Some days the crossing is quite challenging. An innocent stream can change in a matter of hours to a thunderous torrent.

Ooops, we barely made it over back again! It was also in there the jeep had a flat tire…. But they were prepared to that, when they started the car engine it started to blow up the tire again! Phew!

On the way to the area there is another smaller waterfall Seljalandfoss where we went behind all the falling water, quite a wet experience ;-)

Wait! The adventure is not over yet! We have to go into the narrow gorge of Stakkholts, a magnificent and breathtaking canyon, which we were taking a walk through. The walk included a difficult passage on rocks in the water, so we were lucky that we were well prepared with waterproof boots!

Iceland: Stakkholtsgja canyon

We have to go out on the sea for some whale- and birdwatching. Let’s se if we can spot more than a dolphin and a lot of puffins nesting on a small island outside Reykjavik. According to them, we’re almost bound to see at least dolphins or a whale. If we don’t they’ll give us free tickets for the next time we visit, that’s nice hah?

Of course, if we now is on Iceland, we MUST to take a ride on the Icelandic horse over the lava fields! It is very special with their special walk, the tölt. Very comfy, sitting almost still in the saddle. Though there were a bit of problems when one of the leaders got thrown off her young and lively horse, but all went well, luckily. Phew.

The nature in Iceland is very special – it’s like another planet. All those volcanoes and lava fields makes it somehow unreal, but it’s amazingly beautiful. The southern part of Iceland do have green fields and plants, so it’s not just bare lava fields. They have also been planting a lot of Alaskan lupines, so there is beautiful blue fields.

Now we’re going to the Skalholt church with excavations and ruins from 1784 and then to see the volcano crater called Kerið. The young (!) crater Kerið was formed about 6500 (they even had different opinions on the age) years ago in Icelands Western Volcanic Zone. It is 270 m long, 170 m wide and 55 m deep. Depth of water varies between 7-14 m.

Please avoid stepping to close to the edge!!!

Iceland: Kerid volcano crater

The Icelandic language is extremely difficult. The names and words are just not understandable. Kinda cool I think!

They’ve closed down their biggest Disco, which was said to be Europes biggest! I’m not up to go out dancing in the nightlife – I’ll leave that up to you, we’re having a romantic evening by ourselves :-) I’ll show you some scenes from the inner city – shaped by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions once upon a time.

It’s a must to go to Kaffi Reykjavik, an icebar in Reykjavik – totally built up with ice and holds 6°c (42°F) where they serve cocktails and Icelandic Brennivín. See their photos of the icebar. You must at least have a look at Kaffi Reykjaviks menu too.

They hosts a different band every night – rock, pop or disco – be aware of though that it can get pretty wild! For those who want the more civilized alternative, live jazz and blues can be found alternating with rock and pop at Kringlukrain, in the Kringlan shopping mall, with their popular sing-alongs.

Butt be prepared to take a lot of money with you, because it’s very expensive both at the icebar and in Iceland overall!

See all Lifecruiser Iceland photo slideshow.



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