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Iceland, 2019

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The Trip Itinerary: September 2, 2019 Monday - September 16, 2019 Monday - under construction

+ September 2, 2019 Monday - Palo Alto to Iceland
Palo to SFO
Depart SFO after midnight

+ September 3, 2019 Tuesday - Keflavik to Hella
Arrive Keflavik Airport
Clear customs
Car rental
Lighthouses and shoreline at Gardur Headlands
Reykjanes (= smokey peninsula) - bridge between continents at the mid-Atlantic ridge - fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates
Stop at Gunnuhver geothermal area - steam vents - power plant
Hotel Hella
Walk along river - frisbee golf course
Walk to restaurant - dinner at Ahwes on the river, sunset

+ September 4, 2019 Wednesday - Hella to Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group
Breakfast at the hotel
Drive to Landeyjahofn Harbor
Ferry to the Heimaey Island, Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar)
Check in at Guesthouse Hamar
Drive to look for puffins
Stop at Herjolfsdalur
Dinner at Slippurion - met John and Joan
Head out around 10 for puffin patrol - encounter Joan and John
Overnight at Guesthouse Hamar

+ September 5, 2019 Thursday - Heimaey Island in the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar)
Breakfast at guesthouse
Eldheimar volcano Museum
Climb Eldfell volcano
Beluga "sanctuary"
Dinner with with Joan and John and Wendy
Puffin patrol with Joan and John and Wendy

+ September 6, 2019 Friday - Heimaey Island in the Westman Islands to Skaftafell
Slept late
Breakfast at guesthouse
Drive out to puffin colony to try and get pictures of puffins in flight
Drive to harbor
Ferry back to Landeyjahofn Harbor
Dyrholaey Promontory
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Drive to Skaftafell

+ September 7, 2019 Saturday - Skaftafell to Höfn
Breakfast at the hotel
Svartifoss waterfall
Dyrholaey Promontory
Reynisfjara Beach with columnar basalt and caves
Diamond Beach - very rainy and my cameras got sandy and fogged up
Jokulsarlan Lagoon - very rainy
Drive to Höfn
Hotel Höfn

+ September 8, 2019 Sunday - Höfn to Seyðisfjürðar,
Drive to eastern fjords
Very foggy drive
Walk around Seyðisfjürðar,
Dinner at El Grillo
Hotel Aldan

+ September 9, 2019 Monday - Seyðisfjürðar, to Húsavík
Walk around Seyðisfjürðar,
Stuðlagil Canyon - - columnar basalt
Stopped to take rainbow photos, mushroom photos
Drive to Lake Mývatn
Námafjall geologically active region - steam vents and mudpots - en route
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations - aka Black Fortress - rock formations, birch trees in fall colors
Drive around Lake Mývatn in search of birds; lots of mini-craters
Drive to Húsavík
Check in
Walk around Húsavík
Dinner at the waterfront (Salka?)
Fosshotel, Húsavík

+ September 10, 2019 Tuesday - Húsavík to Siglufjürður
Walk around Húsavík - rock art, harbor
Breakfast at hotel
Sigurgeir's Bird Museum, Lake Mývatn - lake balls
Godifoss waterfall - rock ptarmigan
Walk around Siglufjürður
Sigló Hotel

+ September 11, 2019 Wednesday - Siglufjürður to Stykkisholmur
Walk around Siglufjürður
Breakfast at the hotel
Glaumbær Turf house museum, church
Drive to Stykkisholmur
Dinner at Restaurant Narfeyrarstofa
Akheri Guest House

+ September 12, 2019 Thursday - Stykkisholmur to Borgarnes
Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Kirkjufell (Church) mountain and waterfall

+ September 13, 2019 Friday - Borgarnes to Gullfoss (Golden Circle)
Golden Circle
Þingvellir National Park
Geyser field - Geysir Geothermal Area - Haukadalur Valley - Strokkur Geyser eruptions
Gullfoss waterfall
Hotel Gullfoss

+ September 14, 2019 Saturday - Gullfoss to Reykjavík
Breakfast at the Hotel
Back to Gullfoss waterfall
Kerið, Crater - Grímsnes area, Golden circle
Walk around Reykjavík
Dinner at Geysir Bistro
Centric Guesthouse - excellent location

+ September 15, 2019 Sunday - Reykjavík to Blue Lagoon
Walk around Reykjavík
Coffee and pastries at bookstore
Lutheran church
Blue lagoon
Northern Light Inn

+ September 16, 2019 Monday - Blue Lagoon to Palo Alto
Breakfast at hotel
Drive to airport, gas along the way
Drop off rental car
Reykjavík to Dallas - American Airlines Flight 231
Clear customs
Dallas to SFO, somewhat delays to to runway work
Quickly clear customs
Uber home
Discover kitchen was destroyed due to water damage


Some lists

Geothermal areas visited
+ Geyser field - Geysir Geothermal Area - Haukadalur Valley - Strokkur Geyser eruptions
+ Námafjall geologically active region - steam vents and mudpots - en route
+ Gunnuhver geothermal area - steam vents

Volcanoes climbed
+ Eldfell, Heimaey Island
+ Kerið, Crater - Grímsnes area, Golden circle

Museums visited
+ Eldheimar volcano museum, Heimaey Island
+ Sea Life Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary, Heimaey Island
+ Sigurgeir's Bird Museum, Lake Mývatn
+ Glaumbær Turf house museum in North Iceland
+ Herring Era Museum - Siglufjürður, Iceland - outside only

Orders of birds depicted
+ Accipitriformes - white-tailed eagle
+ Anseriformes - whooper swan, graylag goose, mallard
+ Procellariiformes - northern fulmar
+ Charadriiformes - Atlantic puffin, black guillemot, black-headed gull, great black-backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, European golden plover, dunlin
+ Columbiformes - rock dove
+ Galliformes - rock ptarmigan
+ Passeriformes - redwing, European starling, common raven



With tremendous thanks to Wendy for planning the entire trip!
Wendy also kept meticulous written and photographic records that I have taken liberties to copy.
To Syler and Cynda - for travel and photographic advice
To some of my fellow Iceland sojourners who greatly enhanced the experience, including John and Joan Holland


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