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Chicago Trip

Anne and I are enjoying a nice weekend in Chicago, a rare mini getaway from Toronto and our winter routine. We flew down Saturday morning (Porter Airlines doing its comfortable thing), spent some time at the Art Institute of Chicago, and saw Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West” at the Lyric Opera (starring Deborah Voigt). […]

The Golden Circle

Friday, 6pm Centrehotel Plaza, Reykjavik Thursday morning we bade a tearful farewell to the Myvatn horses and set off for our long drive back to Reykjavik. The weather was warm, but with patches of cloud. As we descended into Akureyri there was a thick bank of fog, but we cleared it as quickly as we […]


Wednesday, 8:30pm Hotel Reykjahlid, Myvatn This morning the skies over Lake Myvatn were overcast, which would have been disappointing for our original plan, which was to rent bikes and cycle around the lake. Fortunately we’d already decided to ditch that plan and head to Akureyri instead. When we got there it was sunny. Yay for […]

The Whale Tale

Wednesday, 5:50pm Vigafjós Cow Café, Myvatn While we wait for the cows to be milked (on the other side of the glass partition from the café) I may as well catch up on the trip blog! We set out from Seydisfjördur on a rather gloomy morning and made our way over the hill and the […]


Tuesday, 9:20 Hotel Aldan, Seydisfjördur Monday morning we got up early, had a soulless breakfast with the tour groups in the Hotel Höfn’s breakfast room/bar/conference facility, and set off. First stop was the Guesthuse Arnanes, 6km out of town, where we had stopped briefly the evening before. We got there 15 minutes before our appointed […]

Skaftafell to Höfn

Sunday, 7:30pm Hotel Höfn The drive from Reykjavik to Skaftafell was fairly long and very rainy. The ring road — highway 1, which encircles Iceland — is one lane in each direction and never seems to have much traffic, but what there is, around Reykjavik, quickly calmed down as we crossed the hills south of […]

On The Road (almost)

Sunday Hotel Skaftafell, Skaftafell Getting out of Reykjavik took a lot longer than expected yesterday. At slightly after 9 a nice man from Geysir Car Rentals stopped by to pick us up and take us to our rental car. At first they were going to give us a manual, but I’m very rusty on stick […]

Þorsmork back to Reykjavik

We had a lovely stay in Þorsmork, which was really the perfect place to end the long hike. First of all, it is located beside a stream at the end of a narrow, flower-filled valley, with a nobly steep hill to the west and a view of the massive Myrdallsjokull glacier to the east. To […]

Landmannalaugar to Þorsmork, pt. 2

Thursday Þorsmork hut What an amazing trip! We’re just finishing dinner in our final hut — barbequed salmon, and leftover meat soup from yesterday — and we’re enjoying some hard-earned beers. Tuesday afternoon after we got to Alftavatn the wind and rain picked up speed and a real storm hit. We were fine and warm […]

Landmannalaugar to Þorsmork, pt. 1

Tuesday Alftavatn hut We’ve just arrived after our second day of hiking. Time to get caught up! The first day was a long climb up from the Landmannalaugar Hut across lava fields and past steaming, hissing sulfurous vents. We had lovely views over the surrounding hills, and several stretches of sunshine. The rock is all […]