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Towards the back end of last year, we decided to have a go at doing something in Iceland. We’re reasonably outdoorsy, and half of us (me) can’t abide dull stuff, like sitting around and baking and sweating and stewing on beaches. 

After buying a couple of guide books and scouting around online, we decided to attempt to drive all the way around Route 1 – Iceland’s ring road. 

Going in “shoulder season” had both advantages and disadvantages. On the bright side, everywhere is cheaper. And quieter. On the downside, the internal roads are closed. Bits of the ring road are routinely closed. We’re very thankful that we booked hotels with flexible cancellation policies. 

Still, I’m not sure that I would’ve wanted to go at any other time. The views have been breathtaking, the roads unbelievable, and the people unreservedly awesome. 

This blog contains (or hopefully will contain) both the nuts and bolts of our prep, planning and decision making, and a more flowery and pictorial description of what we actually did. And that was the founding purpose of everything here – to help us remember what we’d done. 

And for the record, this is Nigel:

 

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. (This is Fullsterkur from the TripAdvisor Forums) Thank you *so* much for that blog. I was glad to see that there are cats in Iceland; I’m going to miss my cats so terribly! I’m also glad you took the picture of the yellow dog. I was starting to believe that domestic animals had to be black and white!

    I really appreciate you sharing the information and the impressions of your trip. Your writing style made reading it a pleasure also!

  2. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Michelle! We really enjoyed writing this – and A has every intention of printing the whole thing off, so we have a memento to keep with us long after WordPress has gone the way of 5 ¼ inch floppy discs… But it was hard work sometimes, particularly after a very long day driving. It’s really nice to hear that you’ve enjoyed / appreciated it, too!

    As for domestic animals… A tells me that Reykjavik has an endemic problem with (beautiful, even tempered, friendly) strays. We gave a donation to a stray who’d been adopted by the museum of witchcraft and sorcery, but if I can find a Reykjavik cat charity I’m tempted to point a donation there, too!

    Oddly enough, I think we only met three dogs. And not a single cat anywhere but Reyk. Perhaps they’re more adventurous / prolific in sunnier seasons…?

  3. I loved reading this! Have just confirmed a 6 week residency in N Iceland for November/december 2014, your experience will help me to plan my own driving adventure.

    1. Heartfelt thanks, Andrea! It’s really nice of you to comment.

      Wow @ the prospect of a six week residency – doing what? It sounds like a phenomenal opportunity, and I can only simmer with quiet envy…

      Really glad to hear our blog’s been useful! And heartfelt best of luck with your adventures…..

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