Monday, February 25, 2013

A Journey North

Several days ago, as the morning light began to greet an icy February morning and others were tucked up in bed I began a journey.
Towards the capital city where me, being a country mouse, rarely ventures anymore,  if I can help it. ;) 
We stopped though just before we came to the big city, at Heathrow Airport where a plane lands and takes off every two minutes I believe. (scary thought)  Here is a clue to where we were heading.
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North wards, up across this land over the highlands of Scotland to Iceland! 
I don't mind flying, but don't make a habit of it. In fact the last time I was on a plane was 17 years ago.  So I was quite excited being above the clouds again.
Reykavik was our home for the next few nights, so I will share here a taste of the city.
 In 2012 Iceland's recorded  population was  319,575. 120,000 living in Reykavik. Compared to London's 8 million and more, and with many of the population said to believe in elves, well, this is my kind of city. ;)
Leifur  Eriksson  stands looking out to the west in front of the striking Hallgrimskirkja church.
  
The church stands 244 ft tall and has a lift inside to go up and get a view of the whole of the city.  From the top the view was amazing.
Down by the sea a biting frozen wind blew across from the mountains.
The sculpture  Sun Voyager. and me. :)
To warm up we stopped for soup and of course we had to try a 'Viking' beer.
Inspiring things...
Ice from Iceland! Can you see the silhouette of a woman. Maybe I stumbled across the snow queen leaving her shadow made of ice?   
We finished off our trip with a whole day spent immersed in warm geo thermal waters at the Blue lagoon.
Sadly clouds obscured any sightings of Aurora Borealis while we were there. So, you know what this means....I'll just have to pay another visit. ;)
Now it's back to normal here and I have lots to do, so had better get to it.
Have a wonderful week!
X


36 comments:

  1. The blue lagoon looks amazing! What is the temp of the water as compared to the air?

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    1. Hi Melody, I'm not sure of the exact temperature? I'm sure it was displayed somewhere though? The water was as warm as a hot bath and outside was freezing. To get out and put your robe on was pretty painful. It was amazing and has been on my list of things to do for a while now so I'm glad that I can tick it off. :)

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  2. Simply beautiful - The church is like a magnificent building/tower from LOTR.
    Maura
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  3. Lovely photos! I've always wanted to visit Iceland especially the lagoon.

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    1. I hope you get to go there Holly. x

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  4. Your trip looked stunning, thank you so much for sharing
    Thea x

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    1. You're welcome. Thank you for visiting Thea x

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  5. What a wonderful place - not surprised you want to return. I would love to see the aurora too. My parents saw it in the north of Scotland some years ago and said it was amazing to watch. Karen x

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    1. How wonderful for your parents. I would love to live in a place where I could see it regularly. x

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  6. My goodness, how beautiful! The church is indeed very reminiscent of the lord of the rings. The aurora will be awaiting your return. Such a magical and ancient place to visit. Thank you so very much for sharing your adventure!

    ~ Deb

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my adventure too Deborah. It is very LOTR isn't it. I hadn't noticed how much until several people pointed it out. When I was there I was too absorbed in everything else to notice. x

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  7. Oh my, those photos made my Viking heart sing! Have just set up a money box in the kitchen marked "Iceland & Auroras": thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. That is a good idea setting up a money box Tonia. I hope whenever someone stops by at your house that they contribute a few pennies. ;)x

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  8. What an amazing place to visit the snow covered mountains are breathtaking! The rock man is funny and as for that strange looking bird...:) Beautiful stunning scenery, the houses are like little boxes aren't they? So different to home.xx

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    1. It was so different to here. So much to see, must go back again! ;)x

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    1. And there is so much more to see. Worth a visit. :)

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  10. Wonderful pictures. The soup looks delicious! One of my ambitions is to see the Northern lights too, one day.....

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    1. The soup was yummy. It was spicy mushroom. I hope you get to see the lights one day.x

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  11. Lucky, lucky you! I went to Iceland 20 years ago and loved it, I'd go back tomorrow if I could!

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    1. I hope you get to visit again Amber. x

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  12. Oh my... I've wanted to visit that area for years, seeing your pics makes me want to all over again now! Beautiful x

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    1. A money box in the kitchen Julia, that's what we all need! I hope you get to visit soon x

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  13. wow! I am speechless. brilliant blog................ fabulous place. I thought I had finished with my globe-trotting but.....................
    xXx

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    1. There is always room for a visit to somewhere new. ;) So glad that you like my blog. x

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  14. That looks amazing. Such wonderful pictures. That land breathes magic !!!!
    Beautiful !!
    Have a great time.

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  15. Oh ! How lovely... Thank you for this post....I can feel the space and lack of population density through your photos....just beautiful.
    I have always wished to "go north " to Iceland and now my wish has grown a little bigger....beautiful Sigur Ross too. x

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    1. I have always wanted to go North too. Born a Winter child it maybe my body compass points there naturally? ;) Yes it was so quiet and this is the capital city! x

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  16. What a treat to see these photos! !! I lived in Keflavik, Iceland three years . It has now been over 20 years since I have been there. Iceland was virtually unknown to tourists then , so glad you got to enjoy it! Sorry you miss Aurora, she so beautiful, but glad you got to see the other lovely sights. And aren't the colorful rooms grand too.

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    1. Seems I got so excited I became illiterate, of course I had to correct things :
      Sorry you. "missed" Aurora she "is" so beautiful. Aren't the colorful "roofs" grand too.
      Oh my I must really learn to proof read BEFORE posting.

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    2. How wonderful for you Willow to live there for 3 years! I bet you have fantastic memories. :)

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  17. We had a foreign exchange student from Iceland when I was in High school. Her name was Hafdis and I named my cat after her. It's a beautiful country. I flew over it when I was visiting England!

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    1. Aw cute. She must have been nice for you to name your cat after her. :) x

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  18. The air, the whole environment looks so pristine.
    The wonderful old structures with their charming windows, and that black bird, is that a jackdaw? or a Raven? All those heads bobbing in the warm water! Wonderful
    Best
    Julie

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