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Smorgasbord of goodies coming up

I’m going to be doing some travelling over the next while, and have enlisted some wonderful bloggers to help write posts while I’m gone.

I’m pretty excited about this because they are all people I respect and whose writing I enjoy very much. They had a completely free choice of topic, the only stipulation being that it had to have something to do with Iceland.

I was very interested to see just what they’d come up with, what their take on Iceland and Icelandic society would be — and I certainly was not disappointed.

So over the next while there will be posts by Yours Truly, mixed in with posts from some of the best bloggers writing about Iceland in the English language. For the next week or so I won’t be responding to any comments [although there will be new posts daily, and comments will be moderated thanks to my trusted little helper elf — AAH] … but after that I’ll be involved in posting and commenting to some degree at least, while I’m on the road.

EPI and I are heading out on our annual hiking excursion with our hiking group, this time to the West Fjords, around Ísafjörður. I’m really excited — I’ve never been to that part of Iceland before, and everyone says it’s so beautiful.

After that, we’re back for a few days, then AAH and I are heading overseas for a little vacation. But more on that later.

Ciao for now!



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  • Michael Lewis July 23, 2010, 11:37 am

    If I lived in Iceland, I’d save my summer holiday and take a break in the middle of winter, to the southern hemisphere: Aus or NZ. Must be miserable in the mid-winter. Even living in the UK, I usualy take my family to NZ over our winter. Really good having 2-3 weeks of summer weather in the middle of a winter.

  • Joerg July 23, 2010, 11:58 am

    Enjoy the West Fjords. I have been to Hornstrandir this year, unfortunately in a very windy and rainy period and therefore having to cut our hiking tour short. Nevertheless, it was awesome – apart from a boat ride in the storm. I’ll definitely have to return there one day to see what I have missed due to bad weather. And driving along Isafjarðardjúp is wonderfully relaxing.

  • hildigunnur July 23, 2010, 1:02 pm

    Michael, it’s not too bad during the winter but yes, a lot of people do just this. Go to Florida or some place rather than Oz or NZ, that’s just too expensive (I know all about that, went there in May. Still paying…)

  • Kevin O'Connor July 23, 2010, 2:20 pm

    @Hildigunnur, yes New Zealand my niece went out there on the 14th July this month €1500 return airfare, I cant even afford to go to Iceland,never mind just send me a crate of that Holy Pope beer to drown my sorrows.

  • jen July 23, 2010, 2:21 pm

    Have a lovely time in the Westfjords! We spent 4 days hiking around Hornstrandir last weekend and it was unimaginably, staggeringly beautiful. We were incredibly lucky and had sunny blue skies. Even if you don’t get the chance to do a big hike, you can take a day trip to Hornvík – the scenery around Hornbjarg is unforgettable, and I would really recommend seeing it. Góða ferð!!

  • Michael Lewis July 23, 2010, 4:59 pm

    For those interested in going to Iceland with Trees (aka: New Zealand) then I would check out Emrites, I think they do cheap flights via the mid-east. You can limit the cost of your flight. I’m sure its at leat 50% cheaper once you are in NZ, than staying in Iceland!!

  • Kevin July 24, 2010, 11:08 am

    Just my personal opinion here, but I would gladly trade three winters in Florida, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, or probably many other places for one summer in Iceland 🙂 It is something you just can’t compare to anything else (although NZ is a possible exception since I haven’t been…. and make no mistake it is on my list!)

    Of course, the ideal thing is to take more holidays so one can do both. Or just quit work after becoming independently wealthy..

  • hildigunnur July 24, 2010, 10:08 pm

    Michael, I flew via Abu Dhabi and it sure wasn’t cheap 🙁

  • Mike Richards July 25, 2010, 12:36 am

    Have fun Alda!

    I hope you *really* trust these people to not to do terrible things with the IWR in your absence. 😉

  • Vikingisson July 25, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Don’t discount the thrill of an Icelandic winter! If you live there I’m sure you’d welcome the light and warmth of a southern winter but I enjoyed my winter trip. Few tourists, lots of room in the pools, scenery just as stunning, the colours of the sunrise followed closely by the sunset are otherworldly. The weather is very interesting if you’re not wimpy.

    And after this miserable summer in N.A. I’d give anything for Icelandic weather, winter or summer.

  • hildigunnur July 27, 2010, 10:22 pm

    and again, Michael – nope, with the króna hitting bottom, the food and lodging in Sydney were more expensive than here 🙁