Whale Watching in Husavik

IMG_4637Not everyone in my family loves the sea. “Eat all of your corn flakes,” says my husband to our 12-year-old at breakfast before we head off to board our Zodiac, “so you’ll have something to throw up.”

But, this trip, no worries. We have blue skies and relatively smooth seas and see dolphins and one hump-backed whale with Gentle Giants!

Where We Wish We Had Stayed

Riding at Skjaldarvik

Riding at Skjaldarvik

We keep seeing really cute places where we are not staying and wish we were. Here are three. All are farms, two have horseback riding (which means you can get up and go see the horses in the morning) and two have killer restaurants, at which we ate. And enjoyed immensely! Continue reading

Thermal Pools and Disco Slides

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Myvatn Nature Baths

“Shower naked.” That’s the mantra at Icelandic thermal pools. They are serious about keeping them clean! None of this rinse-off-in-the-shower-with-your-suit-on-before-you-get-in-the-pool stuff. We’ve been hitting ‘em since Day One, when we hit two in Reykjavik. The first was a neighborhood pool with a medium-sized slide (closed, unfortunately), a waterfall, a floating hot dog to play on and three hot tubs with gradually increasing temperatures. But then we hit the BEST one: Laugardalslaug. HUGE! Eighty-three meter enclosed disco slide that goes from open to black (eek!) to disco lighting!

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Environmental Thoughts

IMG_4252On our way to Thingvellir (to see Geysir and Gullfoss) we pick up two hitchhikers who, it turns out, had just attended the biennial
International Society for Ecological Economics. On the road, we admire a rainbow, stop for a photo opĀ  (hope you can see it at left) and they tell us about the conference. Linda describes it as “degrowth,” having people work less and have more free time–sign me up for that! More time for travel. But, oops, travel involves planes and planes are a to be avoided, according to our new friends. “Even though they emit only 2% of global co2 emissions? And 12% of all transport emissions?” I ask.

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Oops

#inspiredbyiceland and the way our car “hatches” its spare like an egg!! So glad we bought tire insurance! Also bought sandstorm insurance. Wonder if that’s next!