The day started like most in the Keating Ponsler household… me wide awake and Checkers and Brett still passed out looking peaceful and hoping to never be awoken ever again. But if that was how I let things go we’d never have made it to Cafe Loki to check out whether the artists had finished… Read more →
After a long few years of grad school + work we set off for a trip around Iceland to celebrate Jen’s graduation! Some tips from our trip:
- Bring cold medicine – only painkillers are sold in Icelandic pharmacies!
- Have an Icelandic hot dog – they’re delicious!
- Prepare for experiencing the beauty of the country in the rain
- Don’t speed on the Ring Road – you’ll get pulled over
- When driving, give yourself lots of time to get from point A to point B – everything is so beautiful you’ll want to stop the car every few miles!
- Expect to spend a lot of money when you eat out
- If you’re in the East Fjords, make sure to get dinner EARLY – everything is closed by 8 PM
We got back to our apartment from scuba at about 2:30 PM and relaxed and showered for a bit then set off to find some lobster bisque at Seabaron – we found out on a blog that it’s to die for. On the way we Ran into our friend Niko from Lake Myvatn and chatted… Read more →
We woke up early (6:30 AM) to get ready for a 7:00 AM pickup and spent about an hour in a panic trying to contact Silfra to let them know where we’d be because our street was inaccessible due to construction. It turned out that pickup was from 7:30 to 8:00 AM so we were panicked for… Read more →
We had 8:30 dinner reservations at The Grillmarket and had some time to spare. We walked around Reykjavik a bit before getting dinner a little earlier than planned. Dinner was amazing. I had the lamb and Brett had the steak, and we shared the mink whale, reindeer, and lobster mini burger appetizer… all was D E… Read more →
Breakfast was great – some cheese, bread, jam, vegetables, meat, and raw trout. We had coffee and chatted with the British couple we’d met the night before and Jon (our host) quite a bit. Eventually a nurse from Utah emerged – we all had a great time and laughed over lots of things – one of… Read more →
When we left the lagoon we had the pleasure of driving through this field of flowers that I was obsessed with. We’ll spare you the 30 pictures I took and show you just this one: Pretty cool. We were going to go to Skaftafell National Park but when we got there we realized there wasn’t really… Read more →
Note: One of the most frequent questions we’ve been getting about our Iceland trip was whether we went to the place where James Bond was filmed. Well guys – this is it! The Jökulsárlón glacier has ben in James Bond – A View To Kill (1985), James Bond – Die Another Day (2002), and Batman Begins… Read more →
We woke up and left our most boring place yet at around 9 AM. We hoped to grab a bite at the cafe that had been closed the night before but to our dismay it was still closed. We decided to hit the road and hope to eat when we got to Jökulsárlón – the glacier… Read more →
We woke up a little later than intended, but not so bad that it ruined the day – 8h30. We packed up and hit the road. We stopped once more at the Vistapoint at the foot of our road, the sky was completely blue and we were amazed by it. We headed down route… Read more →
The next morning we woke up for breakfast and it was a completely different atmosphere! Everyone (some of the same people even) was very friendly and we had a good time exchanging stories and eating. We met people from Ohio, Germany, and France. New Jersey emerged when we were leaving and we were happy to… Read more →
We woke up on the late side – 10:30. We got out of bed and packed up, Brett ran to the store while I showered and tried to dry my hiking boots. While I acted like a girl (taking forever to get ready) Brett ran all of our stuff out to the car (what a… Read more →
There were a few places we had wanted to see yesterday but all were closed when we thought of them. So, we made a plan and embarked on it. First stop: The Kolaportid flea market. Second stop: The Harpa music hall. Third (and final) stop: The Iceland phallological museum. Yup. The world’s only penis museum…. Read more →
We woke up several times due to Jen’s alarm setting. At 7:30 we finally got up to get ready for the inside the volcano experience. We were picked up at Hotel Floki next door and brought to the main office down town where we handed our voucher over for real tickets. With no mishaps, we… Read more →
We left on Friday, mom and dad helped us to get to the airport. Somehow all went well – despite warnings that Iceland Air may go on strike, our flight was on time! The seats were pretty uncomfortable but we were in an emergency exit aisle so we had looots of leg room. Pretty soon (only… Read more →