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We’re off to see the wizard

I’m getting positively giddy at the prospect of getting in the car and heading up north – EPI and I are leaving on our hiking excursion in a few minutes. The only thing detracting from the excitement is the weather forecast – it’s set to be cold and rainy [boo!] after all the wonderful weather of the past few weeks.

There will be no posts for the next few days, although I will be updating via Twitter. Those updates also appear here in the sidebar on the right [if you hadn’t noticed]. Also, if you see an update beginning with Twitpic and then followed by a strange-looking link, it means I’ve uploaded a picture via my mobile. For some reason I’ve not been able to add a message with the upload – it just calls itself Twitpic [which may, after all, be perfectly accurate] – I have to provide a description via another update.

At any rate, we’re off – and if you get bored, you may want to check out my reports of previous hiking trips: Snæfellsnes in 2005 [including Lýsuhóll], the West Fjords in 2006 and Skagafjörður in 2007 [including Drangey].

Have a great few days everybody!

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  • Mike Richards July 24, 2009, 1:07 pm

    Have a great break – take some awesome photos and let’s get that bad weather out of the way.

  • Rozanne July 24, 2009, 4:41 pm

    Enjoy! Hope the weather forecast is wrong!

  • Dave Hambidge July 24, 2009, 6:24 pm

    It’s whizzing with cold rain here!!

    Enjoy?

    dave

  • Dankoozy July 25, 2009, 7:41 pm

    twitter!? are you insane? srsly, i could never get into that whole thing. i dunno why people bother

    btw the random image showing is freaking awsoem. i want to go see it
    http://icelandweatherreport.com/wp-content/themes/thesis/rotator/12.06.view.budir.jpg

  • Kanadier July 25, 2009, 10:37 pm

    Ég vona að ferðin ykkar verði yndisleg! Góða ferð.

  • Andrew July 27, 2009, 1:58 am

    I hope you are having a great time and taking lots of photos to share with us.

    And here is a nice positive story about Iceland:

    Iceland’s krona is working its magic cure. Well-heeled Japanese tourists – once a rarity – can be seen these days sampling halibut at Reykjavik’s Siggi Hall, or buying Gymur jackets at the 66°North store on Bankastraeti.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/5912682/Icelands-krona-proves-the-magic-wand-as-Europe-ails.html

  • Alexander E. July 29, 2009, 1:12 pm

    As you have started this topic – traveling in Iceland – I would like to bring to attention few matters that bothered us during recent trip around country.
    I know Icelanders for a long time but even I was … let’s say surprised by some of them. And I’m afraid other visitors who came for the first (and very short) time to Iceland might get very wrong impression about people of Iceland.

    A new rule we learned was – when camping stay away from Icelanders as far as possible. Or bring very good ear plugs with you. That’s true 🙁 We’ve been staying in several camps for a total 15 days all around Iceland and most quiet was … at Dreki* as only one group was local – other tourists were from all over the world. In ALL other places there was at least one “independent” group of Icelandic campers who simply didn’t bother considering others around. And their apology – no matter how sincere they were – were not worth of getting out of sleeping bag at 1 am just to remind them they are not alone. This really ruins all the beauty of the previous day 🙁
    So we learned very fast to spot foreign travelers – and stay closer to them. Not a single trouble (or noise) ever.

    Second matter – “arctic truck” drivers. On rough roads we have no troubles with real trucks and buses. We did our best to give way for each other and show respect (and “salute” each other by hand). Same was with foreign drivers. But not a SINGLE driver of “arctic truck” we met did that. As best they didn’t push you out of the road. Slowing down? What for if I have big tires? At Thorsmjork one truck – and looks like the driver was either drunk or on drugs – almost run over our car as he could hardly keep his “arctic truck” on the track (doing around 90-100 km there!). Keeping in mind that I sit behind the wheel first time three decades ago and saw much tougher roads – I was really disappointed.
    Looks like these drivers were trying to say “What’s the h*** you doing on this roads!”
    Or maybe just a “napoleon syndrom”? 🙂

    But otherwise – country was … it’s impossible to describe. Amazing at least in the second degree. Nei, in fourth! 🙂

    *for those who doesn’t know – camp site at Dreki is at the end of road F88 to Askja

  • Elín July 30, 2009, 1:00 pm

    Wondering how well-heeled Japanese tourists can be sampling halibut at Siggi Hall? Where is he nowadays? I thought Restaurant Siggi Hall became O and now Brauðbær at Óðinsvé … with a new chef at the helm. I´m googling away to find a new Siggi Hall restaurant in Rvk and find it interesting that googling “Siggi” is now bringing up Siggi´s Skyr before Siggi Hall. (I´m in the food biz, so these minor details resonate with me).