S: Our Iceland Adventure
BC: This is the tangible proof of our shopping trip made through freezing temperatures, ice, sleet, and snow.
FC: Our Iceland Adventure
1: Welcome to Iceland | January 2012 | Burrrr!
3: Have you ever heard the phrase "a room with a view?" | Well, this was our view from the Hotel Hilton | Day 1
4: The day we arrived we took a walking tour of Reykjavik. There were three of us on this tour plus the guide.
5: Elinar Jonsson Museum Early 1900's Einar Jonsson offered all of his works (26 Bronze casts) as a gift to the Icelandic people.
6: Church of Hallgrimur Luthern Church of Iceland | Sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland, 244 ft. The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrimur Petursson (1614-1674), author of Passion Hymns. It is used as an observation tower.
7: We stopped in a café on our tour to have tea/coffee and Appetizers. | "A taste of Reykjavik" was the name of our walking tour. We window shopped, learned some Icelandic history and observed a merchant making pizza dough.
8: We ended our "taste of Reykjavik" tour in this local harbor restaurant. They are infamous for their Lobster Soup. Delicious!
9: The best combo tour available. Glacier Walk, Lobster Soup Dinner and Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) | We stopped to have lunch. There were guides there that taught us how to put on the Crampons (spikes) that we would need for our Glacier Walk. | Day 2
10: We came to Iceland prepared for extreme weather conditions. Temperatures were always hovering around freezing. We wore fur hats, heavy coats, snow pants, wool socks, scarves and gloves. We were never cold.
11: On our way to our Glacier Walk, we stopped at the Waterfalls of Skogafoss.
12: Our guide told us we had to use a harness, crampons and carry a pickax. I told him he was really scaring me.
13: Atley was our guide. We were the last of four groups to do the walk....referred to as the "slow group". And we chose to be in this group. The hardest part of the walk was putting on the gear.
14: Walking the frozen glacial tongue of Solheimajokull. It is an out of this world scene, rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water.
15: Standing in an Ice Cave formed by the ever changes of nature.
16: The guides know the glacier well. Great care is taken to walk in each others foot steps to avoid the crevasses .
18: After our Glacier Walk, on the way back, we stopped at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss. It is night and the falls are lit.
19: The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) | After our Lobster Dinner (langoustine) we ended our tour watching a display of the Northern Lights.
20: Day 3 | We took the Shuttle to downtown Reykjavik to shop for all our Grandchildren and ourselves. We also investigated all the things that caught our interest when we did the walking tour. | Fisherman Statue in the Reykjavik Harbor
21: Sample of downtown buildings. The siding used is corrugated iron.
22: Jon Sigurdsson (1811 - 1879), leader of the 19th Century Independence movement. His birthday, June 17th, is Iceland's National Holiday. | Iceland has the oldest parliamentary institution in the world, founded in 930. The present parliament building was built in 1881 of hewn Icelandic Stone.
23: Icelandic Hegningarhuaid (the Penalty House) Old prison built in 1874 in downtown Reykjavik. Today there is room for 16 inmates.
24: This is Reykjavik's downtown laundromat.. It has the typical washer and dryers and it is also a café. They have bookcases full of books and magazines. It has a beautiful 100 year old architecture inside. | This page is for you, Amber.
25: Day 4 | The Golden Circle Tour
26: Icelandic Horses | They can be traced back to the settlement of the country in the late 9th century. The breed has remained pure for over a thousand years.
27: On our single lane road, cars were going off into the deep snow and had to be dug out.
28: Gullfoss (Golden Falls) On a sunny day the water plunging down the three step staircase and then tumbeling in two steps down into a 105 ft. crevice truly looks golden.
29: This staircase leads to a closer view of the Waterfalls of Gullfoss
31: On a sunlit day, the mist clouds surrounding the hammering falls are filled with dozens of rainbows. | Strokkur (Churn) is a fountain geyser in the geothermal area beside the Hvita River.
32: The pressure forces the water up to about 52 ft.
33: Litu Geyser (Little Geyser) | Strokkur Geyser before blowing | Faxi Waterfall on Tuingufljot River. Has fish ladder for Salmon
34: Luthern Church of Iceland in the distance. | Day 5 | We walked from the National Museum to downtown in deep snow to finish our shopping.,,,,,a couple of miles.
35: This is the hardest winter Iceland has had since the 1920s.
36: This Hot Dog Stand is in down town Reykjavik
37: Baejarins Beztu Pylsur (Best hot dogs in town) According to the British Newspaper, The Guardian, it is the best hot dog stand in Europe. There is a photo and caricature of Bill Clinton being served on the back wall.
38: The statue of Explorer Leif Ericksson (970s-1020) in front of church is covered with snow. The statue was a gift from United States commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland's parliament in 930A.D.
39: The following photos are taken from the Bell Tower of the Icelandic Lutheran Church.
40: Perlan (The Pearl) built on hot water storage tanks. The Perlan contains the Saga Museum which transports you to the Viking Age.
42: The Blue Lagoon goethermal spa in Iceland. Water's temperature 98 - 102 degrees F. | Day 6
43: Wish you were here!