№ 4 – Reynisfjara, Iceland

We arrived at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland at the same time a bus full of tourists did. We tried to rush towards the beach to get some pictures without the horde of tourists in it but, alas, they were too fast! Then the weather changed from cloudy to cloudy with some drizzles and the wind started to pick up. Soon we found ourselves standing in the middle of a storm. We saw some pretty big waves crashing against the basalt columns this beach is famous for. A bunch of tourists took cover in a shallow cave. We just made sure we were standing far enough from the water because the waves on this beach are known to be treacherous. I heard it’s due to the fact that there is nothing between this beach and the South Pole.

Luckily the weather changed back to the way it was earlier after 5-10 minutes of stormy weather and the tourists took the opportunity to go back to the bus, except for this one guy who was busy taking close-up pictures of the rocks. I figured he must have thought we were part of the bus tour and the fact that we were still sticking around meant he was good. Just to let him know that we weren’t part of the tour, I asked my husband a little loudly (just loud enough for the tourist to overhear me) where we’re planning to drive to after this and where we’re going to have lunch. Well, dude got the hint and he started running towards the bus. Good thing the bus hadn’t left without him. Finally, we had the lovely beach all to ourselves. Win!

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

I thought being in this highly specialized museum would feel super awkward, but it wasn’t really. At least not until a group of ladies started to (over)share their first sexual experiences for everyone to hear. Of course they had to congregate right by the only human penis specimen in this museum, which unfortunately looked really sad and shriveled.

The video is a trailer for a documentary about the, uh, phallologist’s search for a human penis for the museum collection (likely that sad specimen we saw). I think the museum shown in the video is the one at the old location in Husavik, which is now home to The Exploration Museum. The current location is in Reykjavik, in the less busy part of Reykjavik’s busiest and most touristy street, Laugavegur.

You should consider a visit to the museum if you ever find yourself in Reykjavik. If anything, it makes for a good travel story. While you’re there, be sure to check out the elf’s penis (magically invisible), merman’s penis (kind of looks like a badly-painted piece of styrofoam) and the ghost penis (surprisingly big and visible). The whale penis collection is pretty interesting, too.

№ 1 – Husavik, Iceland

I’m starting a new feature called 100 Places. I’ll post a picture I took of some place and then write a haiku about what I remember about the place. I’ll keep going until there are 100 places in the set. We’ll see if I can keep it up that long.

Husavik boasts itself as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. We had dinner there at Salka Restaurant. It was located right by the harbour, next to the Whale Museum. Service was slow but the food was tasty. It was one of the two occasions where I had rice for dinner in Iceland. The other time was at a Filipino restaurant (yes, you read that right) in West Iceland.

We found a geocache by the Whale Museum. The museum itself was closed. It was a little late in the evening after all.

The Game of Thrones Tour of North Iceland

We did the Game of Thrones tour by accident. We didn’t realise that the places we were visiting were some of the spots where they filmed the episodes Beyond the Wall in the Season 3 of Game of Thrones. Only found out about it once we were back from Iceland.

There are a few tour companies that offer the Game of Thrones guided tour in North Iceland for a fee, but if you wish to do a self-drive/self-guided tour, all you have to do is pick up a copy of the Lake Myvatn attractions brochure from the visitor centre or the front desk of your hotel and visit the major attractions listed there. You’ll find yourself in most of the Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall filming locations!

8 Good Reasons to Visit Iceland in May

Iceland in May

If you’re thinking of doing a road trip around Iceland in May, keep reading! We had done exactly that for two weeks and it was amazing. We can confirm that the month of May is a very good time to visit Iceland. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and I just love to see signs of nature arising from its deep, winter slumber everywhere I go.

We didn’t really know what to expect from Iceland and only had a vague idea of what Iceland in May was going to be like before our trip. Iceland wasn’t as popular a destination in 2013 as it is now. There weren’t really that many resources online the we could use to plan our trip. We just booked our flights, picked an itinerary we found online that made the most sense to us, booked our accommodations based on the itinerary, rented a car, threw caution to the wind, and went for it. I wrote this article based on our findings from the trip. I hope you’ll find it helpful in your own trip-planning.

Amazing Places to See in the Golden Circle, Iceland

Golden Circle Iceland

The Golden Circle, Iceland was our destination on our first full day in Iceland. After having our first Icelandic breakfast at the farm in Selfoss where we had stayed for the night, we received personal recommendations from our host on attractions around the area that are worthy of a visit. And then off to the Golden Circle we went!

Like most of the days we spent in Iceland, it was wet and windy. It was also a little chilly, but we’re Canadian. Anything above zero degree is not worth complaining about. ;-) I think the average temperature during our stay was around 6° Celsius.

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