The Saga Ends

Posted by  Daniël Cronk   in       13 years ago     783 Views     Comments Off on The Saga Ends  

As quickly as it started, the journey was over. Although I only spent 10-days in Iceland I certainly saw some interesting sights and met some wonderful people. The final days in Iceland remain much a blur. After the hair raising journey through the Greenland Sea to the tiny spit of land known as Grimsey Island, just to say I had stepped on the Arctic Circle, I spent the next day recovering -- which still felt like I was on the ship that tossed and turned, rolling in the 3 meter swells. Saturday morning I boarded the bus and headed back to Reykjavik. It was a smooth sailing bus ride, again stopping along the way allowing the passangers time to get off and buy snacks at the rest stops or to use the facilities; or just to stretch. Arriving in Reykjavik was a much more pleasant experience. The sun was out and the air was cool but decent. A much better welcome as opposed to the first time I had arrived in Reykjavik, fresh off the plane from Minneapolis..... rain & barren land. I walked around the city and just enjoyed being there.. Later that night I ended up at a volcano-museum's home video theater where I watched as a volcano chaser show his videos from the past 40 years of capturing the awesome power of Icelands many active & now inactive volcanos. It was a wonderful, 2 hour showing... and who knew, he was also very comedic.

map of iceland 2008 route

Solfar Suncraft Sculpture, Reykjavik

the beautiful Skógafoss Waterfall

I took an extremely LONG day tour from Reykjavik on Sunday to the glacier bay of Jökulsärlön. A glacier bay which sits at the edge of the worlds largest glacier outside of the north/south poles, Vatnajökull. A beautiful scene which was both surreal, yet also eery. The "boat" or what I can only describe as a boat that can also drive on land short distances. I can't remember exactly the name of the vessel, but you can see them in the movie "Tomb Raider" which parts of the final sequence were taped here. Although it was a 14-hour day tour, we made many stops along the way, stopping at the many beautiful natural areas dotted along the southern coast of the island. The most notable are Slejlandsfoss & Skogarfoss, which are two absolutely beautiful waterfalls. This area of the country is most notable for its shear beauty, and really does deserve more time to visit it. Perhaps another visit to Iceland could be in the future.


At the base of the Vatnajökull Glacier

Along the way I met some wonderful people. Although a little difficult to meet local Icelanders, there are no shortage of travelers from all parts of the world, mainly from North America & Europe, but also many Aussies & East Asian visitors as well, I even met a couple of familes from India. The world is shrinking and yet we all get closer, putting political borders aside only to explore and visit the places that the world has born for us. Although my first impressions of Iceland were not very good. It was cold, It was rainy, It was expensive. This tiny country in the extreme North Atlantic provde to be a gem unto itself. I would recommend anyone who has a great interest in natural beauty come to Iceland....

My highlights for this trip would be:
1) The harrowing 4-hour Grimsey Island boat trip in the open Greenland Sea
2) Jökulsärlön, the glacier bay at the edge of Vatnajökull
3) Reykjavik & Culture Night

Well, only 202 days and I will once again be boarding a plane.. this time I am off for an African Safari traversing the deserts of Namibia, the Okavango Delta in Botswana with the final destination of Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia/Zimbabwe (with a short time in Cape Town, South Africa).... but more about that on my website. I have posted a few photos from Iceland. It's going to take me a while to get more of them online, as now that I am back I am also in classes... so be patient and when they are all up online I will send another link out.



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I am very passionate about traveling. My goal is to visit as many places and experience as many things as I can during my short journey on this earth.