A Warm Place After All

Trip Start Sep 09, 2013
Trip End Dec 16, 2013

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Icelandic weather challenges the wardrobe when travelling light. On several occasions, we have experienced rain, sun and even hail - all within about 5 minutes - without even mentioning the icy winds. Preparing for these eventualities required carrying at least three layers of clothing in our backpacks. Bringing along that extra polar fleece meant that other items - extra tee shirts for example - had to be sacrificed in order to conserve space.

Sometimes it is impossible to prepare for Icelandic weather. We were walking on a stunning black sand beach near Vik in southern Iceland, when we had to endure the pleasure of a rather sudden and intense blast of katabolic outflow from the glaciers which whipped up that same sand - head on and unrelenting - for about five minutes. Talk about involuntary facial exfoliation! Iceland can be cold and harsh.

The country does offer some reprieve in the form of hot springs, however. Lots of them. Around very corner and in practically every valley, the tell tale evidence of thermal pool steam puffs skyward. We found a small thermal pool called Hrunlaug just outside of the village of Fluthir, undeveloped save for a little shack built by the locals. We were told that locals would probably enjoy the pool in their skivvies - but Canadians we are (and English bred), so we wore our swimsuits! Good thing... we had the place to ourselves for about half an hour, but then a couple of young German guys showed up! And then some sheep. A whole herd.

Still, there are far worse situations than being neck deep in a thermal pool, looking out over a wonderful pastoral landscape, watching a herd of sheep pass by. As it turns out, Iceland is a warm place after all.
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Becky on

So nice to hear some of the stories about the adventures you are having. Keep the stories and photos coming.

tricia blakey-scholes on

Hello to you two, what a fascinating place ...so different and exciting . Love all the piccies..keep them coming , please x!

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