Glacier views, reindeers, and abandoned mining towns in Palmer

I realize I am way behind on writing about Alaska! I got here Saturday night and will try to catch up on the other days’ adventure. So I will recount yesterday’s adventures first (aka Tuesday). Since this trip wifi is not a huge concern, I can let you know where I stayed and ate as…

Farewell Iceland!

I’m home now (well, actually visiting with my family in Connecticut so not quite home yet), but wanted to make sure I included my last day in Iceland. Friday morning we woke up to the usual fanfare of leaving a ship (moving around luggage with special tags, finding your luggage again on the pier and…

A surprisingly sunny day in Iceland

Today was another leisurely morning since yesterday was again intense. One of the morning highlights was cruising  around Surtsey, a small island formed by volcanic eruptions from 1963 to 1967. This place is a volcanologist’s dream, as they watched the birth of an island. Surtsey is named for the fire giant Surtr from Norse mythology…

Ice, ice, baby, too cold.

Today was a good day.  Today was one of those days that you always remember and think, that was one of the best days of my life. The first time I really felt this way was Fountain Day ’98. Fountain Day is when all the graduating seniors at Ithaca College congregate at Textor Ball on…

Enjoying some ship (and zodiac) time

After yesterday’s long and exciting day, a slower paced day was welcomed by all. I slept in and had a leisurely breakfast. Then we took zodiac tours of Langenes Peninsula, which is a long peninsula in the very northeastern part of Iceland. There wasn’t much there but there’s an abandoned fishing village with an emergency…

Geology “rocks” in Myvatn

Today certainly “rocked”, as we did a massive geology tour of the Myvatn area (see what I did there?). On another note, many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in this area, so I can only assume I was walking the same bit of earth as Jon Snow. Finally we are connected.  We started…

Naughty Icelandic horses and herring girls

We started the morning in Siglufjördur, which is the northernmost town in Iceland. This town has always relied heavily on fishing and the processing of fish products but this particular town had a dramatic relationship with herring. We visited the Herring Era Museum and were entertained by a performance of local “herring girls”. There was…

Horses and foxes and whales, oh my!

I’m sure there were other interesting things to talk about today, such as the adorable town of Isafjördur (the largest town in the peninsula of Westfjords), the gorgeous hike to the waterfall, the delicious cake, talk of elves and trolls (very important to respect the elves) etc., but today I only care about animals. First,…

Hello. My name is Ledurblökumadurinn.

I headed to the bow and bridge early this morning, around 6:30am. We were cruising into a gorgeous fjord and the bright morning sky was peaking through the clouds, tossing sunlight on the calm water below the bow. I spent some time on the bridge, intently staring through binoculars in my endless pursuit of cetaceans…

The cliffs of Latrabjarg and the charm of Flatey

The morning included a leisurely start with time spent marveling at the majestic Latrabjarg cliff. This sheer cliff is on the northern coastline of Iceland’s second largest bay, Breidafjordur and is Europe’s largest bird cliff. Subsequent lava flows and melting soil to clay left striations up and down the cliff face. The red clay lines…

The art of doing nothing 

First, I’d like to provide a disclaimer. No one should visit Block Island. It’s awful. My dad always tells me to let others know, “there’s nothing there for you”. There’s just too many tourists visiting and we can’t share our piece of paradise with others. I’m thinking the disclaimer is useless as my last post…