Saturday, September 8, 2012

Exploring Southern Iceland





Iceland is stunning and if you visit :-) be sure to hire a car and explore outside of Reykjavik. The roads are good and well marked and the locals friendly. We drove about an hour South East of Reykjavik and stayed on a horse farm. I highly recommend farm stays when we visited New Zealand a couple of years ago we stayed on a sheep farm. That one didn't have any heating and despite all the blankets it was a tad nippy in Iceland the homes are heated with geo thermal heat and nice and toasty.




Hestheimar
Website:www.hestheimar.is


We rented a delightful little cabin and celebrated the wee mans first birthday there it was magic. The owners were lovely and happy to chat about Iceland and the local food and culture. Native foods to Iceland include blueberries, barley and fish. I even had the guts to try rotten shark meat there with snaps :-) stay turned for a clip with Leah the owner.








Stunning Icelandic horse




This is the traditional bread made by Leah baked in a milk carton at 200 for 7 hrs I will email her for the recipe :-)




We stopped for lunch at Hotel Anna along highway one headed towards Vik lovely little place in the country with great food.







Arctic char with thyme




Beautiful waterfall complete with a rainbow - skogafoss




Beautiful black beach, unfortunately we missed the puffins as they have headed south to Africa!!





Playing in pebbles








Sheep crossing the road :-)




The mighty gullfoss falls :-) another must see close to geyser




Checking out the water in the area it's hot ;-)





For lunch today we had lamb soup so good and a recipe I will try and re create this fall






As we drove through the national park we spotted an older couple picking something we couldn't resist stopping to ask.

They were foraging for wild blueberries





We fly home on Monday it's been wonderful. The people, landscapes and food are all first class, we hope to visit again one day

Have a great start to the week everyone

Hugs

Rebecca



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42 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and magic place,Rebecca!Thanks for sharing and happy birthday to your little guy!

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  2. So glad you are out traveling, and on your little one's birthday! Love that you shared it :)

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  3. Lovely pictures! I have never been to Iceland, but would love to go there someday!

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  4. what a wonderful travel opportunity, Rebecca!

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  5. What a lovely place. I agree. One of the best ways to see a country is to hire a local. We've done that several times and have always been pleased. We're not much for tour groups.
    Sam

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  6. Great shots! I loved Iceland, definitely want to return.

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  7. You have the most amazing holidays, very jealous!

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  8. I'm so glad you tried the shark meat! We had a trip booked to Iceland when the volcano erupted and ended up going to Spain instead but I remember all the questionable native dishes from my research. You're braver than me! Looks like a fantastic time :)

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  9. Man, I really want to travel everytime I read your awesome blog!

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  10. Your trip sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing the pics!

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  11. It sounds like you had a fantastic trip. Happy birthday to the little champ too! Trust you had lots of fun and happy moments there.

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  12. Iceland is first on my list of countries to visit. Lovely pictures!

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  13. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time. I loved the photos and your descriptions of Iceland have given me a bad case of wanderlust. Enjoy the remainder of your trip. Blessings...Mary

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  14. Wow, sounds amazing. What is weather like? Totally on my bucket list was considering for next summer.

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  15. WOW!!!!!!! Ever since I saw Iceland on travel shows, I've wanted to go. You are the first person I "know" who actually made it there. LOVE living vicariously through you in your travels Rebecca. Thanks for sharing the world with us.

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  16. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the clicks, Rebecca.

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  17. so beautiful, i want to goooo! :)

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  18. Gorgeous photos, and brings back lots of wonderful memories for me! We did get to see the puffins when I was there-very cool! How fun you got to celebrate your little guy's bday there. He and my SiSi must have close bdays -she turned 11 on the 8th! Safe favela home!

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    1. his birthday was on the 6th :-) yep shame about missing the puffins but we can go back :-)

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  19. Fantastic scenery Rebecca - wonderful blue skies and landscape and waterfalls with rainbows. How beautiful. Thanks for the wee tour :-)

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