from the independent today.......
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Thursday, 24 July 2014
If all goes well, join us for our motorhome trip of South & Southern Africa in the Autumn.
Thanks for reading
Sue & Geoff
PS We had the Icelandic electro-folk band Asgeir on in the Touareg as we travelled - you may have heard them if you have watched the in-car videos. We thought their music fitted this land. Anyway, here they are 'in concert':
Monday, 21 July 2014
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
|Beauty and the Beast.....it's all in the eye of the beholder|
Friday, 11 July 2014
Arrived after a smooth trip on the Smiryl Lines ferry...disembarking at 3am in darkness...which certainly makes a change. It gets light during the the shortish drive to the campsite from Torshavn so normality returns. It's going to be very odd, coping with the Sun going out at night when we return to England.
Later a Faroese evening of food and dance is organised by our excellent tour leaders - we see the traditional Chain Dance which is a version of the traditional ring dance, once banned by the Church in other counties I gather... there are literally thousands of verses to this which defies belief.
Find out more HERE
See a movie clip of our dancers HERE
|Coffee Cool in Torshavn|
|Fish farming in the Fjords|
|If only I could remember which harbour this is....|
|Turf House Peserved|
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Couldn't resist putting up the pic of a restaurant menu seen in Reykjavik though...sorry, that's how it is here...
|In search of Puffins...and mud|
A great scenic drive along this coast and fjords on the N1. The low cloud over the mountains somehow adds to the brooding atmosphere and, of course, means that the Trolls are hidden from view which is, we gather, rather a good thing.
The sun arrives with us in the attractive township of Djupivogur with its harbour and abundant bird population. An Icelandic artist of repute has created a long row of sculpted 'birds eggs', each one representing a local bird. We walk around the local coastline, all the time hounded by noisy oyster-catchers which is, initially, a novelty....
Cheese and wine outside in the evening for our group, thanks to our tour leaders. It's really successful..a chance to catch up and compare adventuring type stories which get louder and longer as the evening progresses until we are scooted back to our units, lest we disturb our fellow campers....It's just so difficult to know what time it is when the sun stays on.
Last stop in Iceland tomorrow. That's seriously sad.
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Here for two nights. The town is famous for its lobsters so we arrange to eat with two fellow travellers and sort a group trip up to the glaciers followed by a ride on a Skidoo (er..I think that's right). The Skidoo ride on Europe's largest glacier, the Vatnajokull is brilliant. If you are ever here - don't hesitate - apart from the sheer fun of it, being on the glacier is breathtaking in itself. (Sue's driving/riding is breathtaking too...with me on the back)
Onward tomorrow...getting near the end of the Iceland part of the trip now...
Saturday, 5 July 2014
|11.30pm.... in paradise?|
|Yes...don't mess with us...|
Friday, 4 July 2014
|View from our home.....|
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
As we head off the 1 and up towards Geysir on road 35 the storm intensifies with very strong cross-gusts but without any doubt, this is by far and away the most stable caravan we've towed in such a wind - maybe it's the combination with the Touareg but we look at each other with surprise as we shrug off the increasingly turbulent conditions and horizontal rain.
Sunday, 29 June 2014
|Damn....forgotten the tea bags|
|Only another 50km to go....|
|We"re drifting apart...luckily, only at 1.5cm/year|
|Family talent....very Icelandic|
|By a local artist....|
Saturday, 28 June 2014
A visit to Reykjavik.
...A coach trip as a group for a change. Of course, we all go our own ways once we get there. Although Reykjavik is the capital ...and where most Icelanders live, it's got quite an intimate feel about it, plus some wonderful architecture; the opera house is a really uplifting place.
After visiting some of the 'must sees', we stroll around the centre, taking in the atmosphere (the vibe!!), we listen to a (great) band doing a promtion for Spotify & Siminn and then take coffee at a smart coffee bar, frequented by the youth of the town...which is great...probably the thing we miss about our working life. There's a slightly edgy feel here...you can sense it. Nightlife must be fun..but not for us 'mature' types probably.
We could spend two or three days here....decisions, decisions
Images; Opera House, Viking ship sculpture, the Hallgrimskirkja, cityscape, the band..but who are they?
Friday, 27 June 2014
A straightforward run down to Akranes so we stop off at the Gerouberg Basalt Columns...and can't resist climbing to the top. The columns are a magnificent sight from below actually.
Two of our group's motorhomes bump towards us along the pot-holed access road....the now-familiar adventurous types... and we exchange plans and stories.
We walk to a minute deserted church, so common out here. The churches are fascinating and probably warrant a post of their own sometime....I'll do that. Let me say that I have no religious beliefs but I find the part that religion plays in any society a fascinating study...as are the buildings themselves.
Anyway, we're relaxing here for a change..at least I am, after sorting out my expiring mobile contract...Sue's sorting the washing ...the SUN is OUT...first time for a while. Here for four nights...trip to Reykjavik tomorrow.