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Thakgil Back to Vik

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Cooking in the cave. A pretty cool place decked out with tables and candles inside, though a bit drippy on a wet day. Still, less drippy than outside.

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Our campground. You can see our tent! (That tiny beige dot on the right)

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Iceland is greener than California

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Chris and the rock have the same hairdo

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Sheared, green-clad mountains

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A melting glacier runs through it

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Whoa. What the?

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The town of Vik from above

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Our unsuccessful puffin-hunting trip nonetheless yielded yet more pictures of sheep...

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,,,and a good view or two

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More sea stacks! Vik is Scotland all over again.

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Well, if I'm going to blow out my camera by shooting directly into the sun, let me at least post the picture

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Peace

Posted by chschen 08.17.2013 05:00 Archived in Iceland

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Beautiful! We also went to Iceland in December and I can't wait to go back. Very "Otherworldly". Mystical. Thank you for sharing.

04.23.2014 by Andrea

Thank you for your comment! How long were you in Iceland? We want to go back in the winter to see the Northern Lights. I'm sure it looks like a very different country then, too.

04.23.2014 by chschen

We went for only 7 days and more importantly 6 nights. Didn't see the Lights at all, as it can be very overcast, due to mild winter temperatures. It was warmer there than at home in Canada. Two other friends of mine went on separate occasions to Iceland in the winter. Only 1/3 of us saw the Lights. Maybe like trying to find a Unicorn....

04.23.2014 by stean

Haha, I think it is. I hear the best time of year to see lights is in March because there's more solar activity then. You guys have some pretty good spots in Canada, too, don't you?

04.23.2014 by chschen

Yes, have seen them in Northern Ontario before, but only once many years ago. My friend that saw them, did so in March, so you're right about that...she was lucky!!

04.23.2014 by stean

Nice post i am thinking of sharing this post with my friends.......

04.25.2014 by john smeeth

Beautiful shots!! We have a short trip planned -- 3 nights 4 days coming up in summer (July 30-Aug 2 or so). Any recs on your fave must not miss destinations in Iceland?

04.28.2014 by Tony.Ruby

Hi Tony, thanks for the comment! The multi-day Laugarvegurinn hike was by far my favorite part of our Iceland trip, but I don't think you will have time to do the whole hike if you're only there for 4 days. You can still see the Landmannalaugar area, though, but you'll likely have to take a bus to get in there since most rental car places won't permit their cars to go into the interior. Landmannalaugar and the hike from Thorsmork to Skogar trail (also part of the Laugarvegurinn) are probably my favorite places, followed by the icebergs at Jokulsarlon. Jokulsarlon and Skogar are on the Ring Road. Unfortunately, I think the prettiest part of the Thorsmork to Skogar trail is on the Thorsmork side, and you likely won't have time to make it all the way there and back in one day (I think it's ~25 km one way). Of course, there are lots of cool things to see on the Ring Road, but really my favorites are a bit farther to get to. Thakgil was also nice and not that far from the Ring Road. You can drive there pretty easily in a normal rental car. Sorry that I can't be more helpful!

04.28.2014 by chschen

A day exploring Reykjavik is nice. Harpa is a beautiful concert hall down at the Harbourfront, the pride of Iceland. Gullfoss is a gorgeous waterfall a couple of hours from the city. Blue Lagoon, well we really liked it. But many local people boycott it due to price. Unique but yes, overpriced. We still enjoyed it...liked black sand beaches at Vik but might be a bit far for your time frame. Enjoy!

04.28.2014 by stean

Such a "otherworldly" place!
I have never been to Iceland before,your sharing make me yearn for.Thanks for your sharing.

05.06.2014 by Vason

Thanks, Vason. I hope you do make it there someday. It's worth the trip!

05.06.2014 by chschen

Thanks for all the tips everyone! We have added them to our destination notes and are looking forward to our visit to Iceland :)

05.06.2014 by Tony.Ruby

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