If you’re considering a road trip around Iceland,
please take me with you I’m going to try to convince you into doing it in mid- to late May instead of any other time. Why? Because I think we picked the perfect time to go! We had such a great time seeing the country at this particular time of year and I’d like you to experience the same. :-)
Before we continue, I should probably let you know the kind of travellers we are. We are budget travellers for sure but we are not the backpacking or even the camping type. Our backs prefer not to carry anything heavy for prolonged amount of time and we like to lay our backs on a soft, warm bed at the end of the day. We’re getting old! We also enjoy a good amount of privacy during our travels. That said, on with the list!
A weathered lighthouse
Up on a rocky surface.
It's so majestic!
So you have a road trip around Iceland coming up but you’re not quite sure what the road conditions and the weather will be like (the weather part will also determine whether you need to pack your winter coat or not). The following websites are your friends and they will show you just what you need to know. We found them very useful during our visit.
For road conditions, make sure you bookmark Vegagerdin (Icelandic Department of Transportation) website. This clickable road condition map is essential. Don’t hit the road before consulting it first. If that’s not enough and you need to know what road conditions are like in (almost) real-time, there are road web cams, ready for your perusal.
For weather forecast, Vedur (Icelandic Met Office) website is the one to bookmark. It has a clickable map of Iceland with a 6-day forecast. It even has a map with weather for areas around popular tourist attractions. Very handy! Tip: For something different, scroll down the page and play the sound file of an Icelandic person reading the weather forecast in English. Icelandic accent is adorable. :-)
Another website you might want to bookmark is Live from Iceland. It has live streaming webcams from various attractions in South Iceland, including Reykjavik. My husband loves watching the one of Geysir (I’d recommend waiting a bit until you see the one geyser called Strokkur erupt — it won’t be long). I love the Jökulsárlón one. Anyway, you can see what the weather’s like at those places in real time and even can arrange to have someone at home watch you have a blast through the webcams!
I hope someone will find this post useful. Have fun in Iceland!
Went to Niagara
To meet up with an old friend.
Finally, we met!
Just another one of my happy-making songs. In other news, I’m not really in the mood for blogging today. I think updating the blog three times a day has finally gotten old to me. Need to try something new. I’ll figure it out tomorrow.
First thing in the morning when
No one else around.
I couldn’t decide which music video to post today because there are so many songs I love that I would like to share, it’s so hard to choose from, so I made this rule: when in doubt, post something by a Canadian artist. Metric it is then!
“Calculation Theme” is probably our most favourite song by Metric. It’s from their first full album, “Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?” (2003). There’s something haunting about this song, and not just because of the ghosts.
“Tonight, your ghost will ask my ghost, who put these bodies between us?”
Had great fish and chips
With fresh iceberg drinks, of course
Rainy weather, natch!
This song is my most favourite song from Jonathan Coulton‘s latest album “Artificial Heart”. It’s such a beautiful song. Plus, it’s featuring Suzanne Vega of “Tom’s Diner” fame! The whole album is actually really good. We listen to it a lot and it never gets old. We always skip one song, though. My husband really hates “Je Suis Rick Springfield” for some reasons.
Such a busy place!
Overwhelmed and underwhelmed.
Too many people!