Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's 2017
I sat down notebook and date-book beside me, ready to tell the story of our Iceland road-trip adventure, day by day. But I've got so much to do.
Possibly a new job, starting a distance-learning program to again attempt to get a college degree, a new exercise/weight-loss challenge; recovering from the holidays and getting on with life.
With that said, I'm going to dump a bunch of photos and give an overview of our time in that magical and crazy island country.
I Almost Drowned
A dramatic title but all too accurate.
However before that eye-opening adventure we saw glaciers up close and personal, hiked up and checked out an amazing waterfall before making a scary journey to get behind said waterfall and see it from the inside looking out.
Hiked around a semi-frozen crater lake.
Witnessed a tour bus go up in flames before our very eyes.
Tried an Icelandic specialty; dried fish, fermented shark and a shot of Black Death vodka; and managed not to vomit.
Walked along the shore of a glacier lagoon
Made it back to Reykjavik for yulelads, an amazing New Year's Eve dinner, bonfires on the beach, fireworks and the northern lights and the evening is just beginning; kicking 2016 to the curb and welcoming 2017 in with open arms, Icelandic style
Christmas Eve-Day 2?
Or was it Day 1?
We got off the plane and hit the Blue Lagoon after having had almost no sleep for a day or so; hard to remember with the time changes and flight delays and then soaking in magical waters for hours only to drive around a country where the few hours of daylight are this mystical silver.
Either way, in Iceland Christmas Eve is the big day not Christmas, so the streets were pretty quiet, which was fine with us. The next morning, I think, we headed to our first destination. Unfortunately due to the weather and the length of days we didn't see some of the "highlights" of our tour but we did make it to Grundarfjorbur.
Grundarfjörður is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland. It is situated between a mountain range and the sea. The nearby mountain Kirkjufell forms a small peninsula.
We were hoping to see the Northern Lights and we did get a slight flare, but not really. However we were definitely in a winter wonderland like we'd never experienced before.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.