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South Coast | Iceland

Our last few days in Iceland were spent on the south coast, near the town of Vik. It was at this point in our trip that we realised just how big this island actually is. Bigger than Portugal, according to our friend Google. We drove from Budir to Vik all in one go, via Reykjavik as there was no alternative route to avoid the city. The speed limit here is 90 km/h and there are speed traps EVERYWHERE. For people accustomed to the Portuguese driving style (ie: as fast as you can get away with) this was worse than Chinese…

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsula | Iceland

After several days in Reykjavik and our day trip through the Golden Circle, we hit the road for a longer drive out to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the west coast of Iceland. This part of the island is very wild and windswept… not much in the way of human settlement as the area isn´t very habitable, or farmable. It seems that the biggest industry in the part of the island is fishing and the few towns we did encounter were all on the coast. We spent a few nights at the Budir Hotel, which stands by itself on the edge of an…

Golden Circle Iceland

Golden Circle | Iceland

Using Reykjavik as our base, we spent a day exploring the Golden Circle, which is a round-trip route through some of Iceland´s most famous attractions. These are the classic guidebook destinations and, predictably, they were packed with selfie-stick toting tour groups. Of course I am aware of the irony in my being exasperated at the crowds because… we were there too, so we weren´t exactly “off the beaten track”.  However, the magic and wildness of these places (the reason they became famous in the first place) is definitely affected by the crowds so if you´re there during peak season and you…

Reykjavik Iceland

Reykjavik | Iceland

In August of 2015 we travelled to Iceland for a week… I´m sitting here trying to think of a word that can sum up how I feel about it all but the truth is that I can´t. Iceland is what I expected it to be (cold, expensive, lots of horses) but it´s also not at all what I expected. It´s much bigger than I thought it was, bigger than Portugal!  We didn´t find this out until about halfway though the trip, when it seemed like we were driving for way longer than we thought we would be… and so I Googled…