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Reykjavik day trips – Snæfellsjökull National Park

Snæfellsjökull National Park in on the peninsula north of Reykjavik. It is a two hour drive from town. It has a wide variety of scenic parts, and I’ve been told it is like a microcosm of Iceland in a small area. You get the giant cliffs, the open plains, and amazing seaside beauty all in a circlular-ish drive.

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Reykjavik day trips – GullFoss…

Gullfoss is a giant waterfall that is carving a deep canyon into the Icelandic landscape. I do wish that I could have gotten down to the valley floor to explore a bit at that level. I’m not even sure that is possible of course, perhaps the river completely fills the canyon. I’m not sure, but I didn’t have time to …

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Day trips from Reykjavik – Geyser…

Reykjavik is a good place to base day trips from. First, it actually has some hotels, which most of Iceland doesn’t really. Second, there are a ton of great places to see just an hour or two out of town. The explosion of heated water thrown up into the air, called a Geyser, first was named in the town / …

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Iceland – the Volcano…

One of the top reasons to go to Iceland was the erupting volcano and the ability to get up close to lava in a relatively safe manner. Unfortunately the volcano decided to take a break while we were there and we could only see some occasional spattering of lava from the caldera, all of the flowing lava was cool and …

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Southern Iceland – Fjaðrárgljúfur and other bits…

Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon walk / hike that offers views all along the way to the falls at the top, where water flows down from high above. This is apparently where Justin Beaver shot some music video or something to that effect. There didn’t seem to be any groupies around when we visited though. Some of the other neat areas …

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Southern Iceland – around Vik…

Vik was our base in the south of Iceland.  We stayed at the Klia hotel, very nice with a fantastic buffet breakfast.  Worth the cost for that.  The area around Vik is open and remote.  We took a day trip out east to Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon and the famous black sand beach near there.  They were both amazing. As was …

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Southern Iceland – around Seljalandsfoss and Skodafoss…

Squeezing in a week to Iceland while the covid counts were low and the borders were open. The country is absolutely beautiful and all the stories and pictures are not exaggerated. We edged back into travel with a trip to a country where most of our activities were outdoors and in our own rental car travel bubble. We flew into …

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Shinkansen Express

On Wednesday we left Toyko by bullet train for Kyoto.   The shinkansen train was very comfortable and quiet and it was a pleasant 2 hour ride for the 302 mile journey.  Over the rooftops we were able to get a view of My. Fuji in the distance about half way. Upon arrival we checked into out postage stamp hotel room …

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The zen of Kenninji…

Kenninji has an amazing zen rock garden.  Probably myfavorite of my visit to Kyoto.  I wish I had time to just sit and enjoy it but J was waiting outside so no dice. Once inside I of course sought out the goshuin window.  They took my book and gave me a number to come back and collect my book later.  …

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Kinkakuji – the golden pavilion…

Kinkakuji ia one of those places where you really have to visit when in kyoto.  Its a great site with a lot of options for taking pictures, mainly of the same thing. But really where else do you get to see gold buildings?  Not nearly often enough is the answer. Lots of people and tours here bit it was small …