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Let’s talk money, the costs of Iceland and how I went about it…. 

Everyone travels differently and put emphasis on what they find important to their trip, especially working within a budget of any kind, you will have a criterion that often takes priority to you whether it accommodation, food, activities or the destination.  Myself, I would rather put experiences or activity at the top, then accommodation and last food. Activities are something I love doing and something I will never forget, and I have a habit of trying to fit too much in one day, but I’ve never regretted it and think that’s a standard trip for me. Accommodation wise, I do…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019, day 10…

This day was a day of relaxing in town and seeing local sights. I spotted a zoo that had arctic foxes, visiting the Husdyragardurinn park and zoo was a little different to what I have seen before, the park side was amazing and a great insight into farming and the ways of farming, the zoo was a little less optimistic and felt more like a side venture and not quite suitable for some of the wild animals, however it is a great medium to teach young children and adults alike about conservation and where your food comes from which was…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019, day 9…

Thingvellir National Park, I stumbled upon the more commercial side of the park, which did put me off a little to start, walking around the main walks at the entrance. I enjoyed driving through it more and saw there was plenty of opportunity to pull over in free parking areas and take other walks which suited Iceland a lot more. Next time I visit ill do this instead. Gullfoss, more of Iceland’s many spectacular waterfalls, this one was lucky enough to be called friend. The landowner said when Englishmen where buying land and were interested in buying Gullfoss, he said…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019, day 8…

Picking up from yesterday I was booked and ready to do the next boat trip hoping to see some orca’s and sperm whales that can be found in this area. I had some time before the trip, so I got up ready to do some sites before the big trip. Snaefellsjokull national park, Iceland I found as a very clean and pristine country full of nature and life wherever I was, so it didn’t surprise me nearing the end of my trip that I couldn’t tell the difference between the national park and non-national park side. Every part spectacular with…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019, day 7…

Hungry to see more whales I did some more research, finding out Olafsvik offers great orca and sperm whale sightings, I couldn’t resist. Setting off very early in the morning (yet a little late) driving 430km only to find out when I arrived, this trip has no main desk, and I struggled to book online. Therefore, I watched the boat sail away. Being positive and trying to avoid feeling overwhelmingly disappointed, tomorrow I had some spare time to do it and it should be sunny. With plenty of time on my hand I decided to explore the nearby sights as…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019), day 6…

Today was a relax and watch whale’s day with a planned trip with Arctic sea tours in Dalvik. I went a little further north as I was early and was in the mood for a bit more scenery and everything in the small town of Dalvik was closed. I found a good lookout spot and watched the sea. Very far out in the distance I could just see a few whales, which is nothing like Hermanus but still wonderful to enjoy. Arctic sea tours, I was surprised to find out there were only 3 of us on the trip and…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019), day 5…

Making my journey towards the north of Iceland to enjoy some much anticipated whale watching trips, that I’d soon discover to be addictive, with a few pit stops along the way.  Krafla volcano, when you arrive and see beautiful blue waters inside the volcano it seems hard to imagine that not too long ago it was still erupting with the area around it still warm and the geothermal area still bubbling away. I was very entertained by a shower and basin that was permanently running on the side of the road, wondering if anyone has had a proper shower there,…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019), day 4…

This day was more a transit day filled with driving, and not many stops, but a very welcomed extra activity.  Eggin I geledivik, as I have a love for birds, I couldn’t skip looking at giant granite eggs from birds found in Iceland.  Collection nature art craft, this was something I saw on the way to Eggin I geledivik. For me who likes nature, skeletons and everything else, I was curious and took a look. It was incredible to see the collection. From a kid I have collected many things from nature, hoping one day to display it and help…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019, day 3…

The day started as the last day ended, in creepy suspense. This time of year, Iceland is still a little quiet, and many said that Wow airline closing has also limited flights to Iceland, therefore they are quieter than usual, I felt this especially at my next stop, that then changed dramatically to shades of aquamarine, snow and ice.  Hjorleifshofdi cave, this took me off the main road along a black sandy road leading eventually to a large black beach, the mist however was very thick and I could not see any water or hear any either. At first, I…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019, day 2…

Today it was all about putting those walking shoes on and exploring some waterfalls. It may sound a bit repetitive visiting more than 5 waterfalls, as how interesting could it be watching water falling on every occasion, I would have agreed before but each one had something totally different to offer and all were jaw droppingly beautiful.  I was hoping for sunny weather, I later realised the bright, yet highly overcast sky was perfect weather for taking photos. If I lived in Iceland I would have appreciated taking photos in sun, when I could time the shadows, as I found…

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Iceland – Once in a lifetime trip (16.05 – 26.05.2019), day 1…

  I have been meaning to write this for a while, even before the trip I have been brainstorming a few ideas on how to jot it down onto paper for all to read. Although it would be a lengthy one post it was going to be in one post, now I am a little worried as this might become an encyclopedia of Iceland as this so-called little island is jam packed full of greatness! How I chose this trip started with trying to find puffins, my original plan was to go to the Faroe Islands. The Information I was…

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Bursting with colour and life – Kew gardens…

There are some splendid gardens dotted all over the United Kingdom, each with their own personal touches that set them apart from each other. It’s sometimes hard to say things are a persons favourite, especially myself as I often try to find unique things about all the places I visit leading to them all being on my favourite list. I was surprised to find this 132 Ha botanical garden was just outside central London and founded in 1840.   Kew gardens highlights were the pond and rock garden. The pond I would have naturally been drawn to, as it is often…

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English countryside – The Yorkshire dales, Hawes

One of the more talked about places I had heard about in England was the Lake district, with huge open countryside, beautiful waterfalls, wildlife and filled with history. I went there about a year ago in January where we were treated with picturesque snowy coated landscapes, which made for a perfect trip. It took me by surprise when I visited the Yorkshire Dales, because all these things were there too, just less crowded, even on a long Easter weekend with the gleaming hot sun. We stayed in a cottage in Hawes, Roofstones. It was a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms,…

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Mauritius – A tropical stop when in Africa

If you want to travel and visit tropical islands most people think of Hawaii, Jamaica, Tahiti, Seychelles and other similar places. Africa is often seen as a sunny destination but one where nature runs wild and the famous safari takes place, but there is much more than this. Off the East coast of Africa opposite Mozambique and a little further past Madagascar lies a tropical gem called Mauritius. If you are from Southern Africa, it’s a quick flight to Mauritius. A tropical island filled with sand, sun and endless cocktails. From Europe the trip is a little lengthy, if you…

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Scotland trip (20.05 – 27.05.2018)

Scotland is known for its highlands, lochs and we can’t forget wet weather. To our surprise we had glorious sunshine our entire trip which was amazing. I had never been to Scotland and it had been on my list for a while. Though we only had a handful of days available, we crossed into Scotland and spent two fun packed days there. Day 1: We started the day off from Cheshire making our way to Carlisle, once we arrived we unpacked and settled in our room at the Pinegrove hotel, it was basic but rather quite lovely, with plenty of…

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Poland (02.11-07.11.2018) – Our barely thought-out last-minute trip

With some extra days off and not wanting to sit at home and waste the days away, what else will you do if you have the possibilities to go somewhere? Think of a way to go out and explore. Though we had a few bumps in the road, with the upcoming travelling trip in September 2019, we needed to think about the saving. So, we thought and discussed and came up with a plan. Skyscanner showed us the cheapest tickets from London airports to anywhere in the world. We agreed we wanted to be outside England but other than that…

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