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Back from Iceland - Trip report

Discussion in 'Wanderlust and Travel' started by bobhoge, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. Nan & I got back from Iceland on June 14 and have been catching up ever since. It was a great trip and on top of everything else we had super weather, which was not expected.

    The trip was called "Journey to the Midnight Sun" on Lindblad Expeditions 100-passenger ship "National Geographic Endeavour"

    This was a two-week voyage, following the routes the Vikings were using before they year 900. We started in Bergen, Norway, and sailed to Fair Island, Scotland, then to the Orkney Islands and Shetland Island, Scotland. From Scotland we went to Vestmanna, Torshaven, and Mykines in the Faroe Islands. From the Faroe Islands we basicaly circumnavagated Iceland for the second week, ending in Reykjavik.

    We took over 5800 shots :eek: and I have been reviewing them and am down to 4100 after the first pass.

    I'll post some quickly processed Puffin (shot at 10PM) and Humpback Whale (shot close to Midnight) photos in Birds and Animals just to get started. There will be a LOT more to follow.

    FYI Here is a photo of our ship, the National Geographi Endeavour, awaiting our boarding in Bergen, Norway

    We had 103 passengers on our voyage, just about capacity. The MSC Lirica is on the other side of the pier. It holds 1400 passengers, rather small by modern cruisers, somehow I think our small expedition ship gives a significantly different (and much better) experience!

    Bob & Nan
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  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Hope I can keep up with them all:>))))))))
  3. Welcome back, Bob and Nan.

    Eagerly waiting for your photos.
  4. I am keenly interested in seeing these. 4100 might be a tad much though LOL!
    Perhaps a link to a web gallery would make it easy.
  5. You had nice weather? Then I'm getting prepared for some really stunning images.

  6. Hi Dave,

    I'll try to edit it down to 3999 :eek:  before posting them here :biggrin::biggrin:

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  8. I'll add to the trip report. In the first post in this thread I noted that a small ship like ours allowed a lot of flexibility, here is an example:

    Day 3 of the trip
    When we got to Fair Isle the weather was not good. There are two "normal" landing points, but the wave direction make both of them unusable. Rather than abandoning the landing, we found a safe cove on the west side of the island and anchored there among large rocks:

    But those high cliffs made a landing there impossible. So our scouts headed off in the zodiacs through a large cleft in the rocks to a safe landing point several miles away:

    We then followed their path:

    Getting to this safe landing point after a long ride:

    I have posted a lot more photos from Scotland today. Here are the links
    Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Scotland

    Day 4 of the trip
    Skara Brae - A Stone Age Village - Orkney Islands, Scotland

    The Ring of Brogar - Standing Stones in the Orkney Islands, Scotland

    St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland

    Balfour Castle, Shapinsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland

    Day 5 of the trip
    Mousa Broch, A Fortified Stronghold in the Shetland Islands, Scotland

    Northern Gannets in Scotland - Feeding Frenzy

    Shetland Ponies - So What Else Did You Expect From The Shetland Islands

    I think that does it for Scotand. The Faroe Islands are my next job.
    Bob & Nan
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  9. Todays update is from the Faroe Islands which is about 250 miles from Scotland and from Iceland, halfway between. These islands were probably first inhabited by Irish monks in the 5th century and were later controlled by Norway (until 1814) and was part of Denmark until 1948. It is now an autonomous region of Denmark, Danish currency, legal system and defense, everything is local control. The capital is Torshavn.

    We spent three days on two of the islands, Streymoy and Eysturoy.

    Day 7 of the trip
    I did get a decent shot of our ship, the National Geographic Endeavour in Torshavn harbor:

    Day 8 of the trip
    And another one with a Zodiac in the foreground taken while looking for birds on the cliffs of Mykines Island:

    Todays links to posts are:
    In Birds:
    Mostly Day 8 of the trip
    Northern Fulmars in the Faroe Islands
    More Birds in the Faroe Islands

    In Landscapes:
    Day 6 and 7 of the trip
    Faroe Islands Scenery
    Its Time to Mow the Roof - Faroe Islands
    Kirkjubour, Faroe Islands
    Torshavn, Faroe Islands

    In Planes and Boats:
    Day 7 of the trip
    Giant Ferry Serving the Faroe Islands
    Guns from the British Battleship Hood - Faroe Islands

    And in Miscellany:
    Day 6 of the trip
    A Bridge Over The Atlantic Ocean? - Faroe Islands

    All the photos from Iceland is the next challenge!:wink:
    Bob & Nan
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  10. After a bit of a break, I have processed some more photos from our recent adventure. This time I have the first days of our near-circumnavigation of Iceland.

    Here are links to todays posts:
    Day 9 of the trip

    There Is a Reason They Call It Iceland! Part 1 - Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland

    There Is a Reason They Call It Iceland! Part 2 - Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland

    Birds at the Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland

    Day 10 of the trip

    Skalar, Langanes Peninsula, Iceland

    Humpback Whales Near Grimsey Island, Iceland

    At the Arctic Circle - Grimsey Island, Iceland

    And the Puffin photos posted earlier belong on this day at Grimsey Island:
    Puffins in Iceland

    I'll have some more to put up later this evening, I hope.
    Bob & Nan
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  11. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I am glad you are putting the links here to the posts.

    All of them I hope.
    I am sure i have missed some and really do not want to.

    I love to see the travels, because I will never be able to go and see this all..

    Thank you.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Hope to see some new photobooks next year at Merritt 5

    I really enjoyed the one you showed at Harry's BBQ
  12. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Wow what a trip that was.


    Tough life and so cold...
  13. Now you get the evening update. This was all in one long day. We disembarked in Husavik and visited a nice whale museum there. Then we headed to Lake Myvatn by bus, about 40 miles. In that area we also saw the lava fields at Dimmuborgir, the fumeroles and mud pits at Haverarond, then we drove on another 25 miles or so to Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. We finally went another 25 miles or so to Akureyri to meet up with our ship that had sailed there while we were on the road.

    This evenings post in some order:

    Day 11 of the trip

    A Long Day With Many Stops - Husavik, Iceland

    My Entry for the Dirtiest Sensor Award?? - Lake Myvatn, Iceland

    Trolls In The Lava - Dimmuborgir, Iceland

    Birds at Lake Myvatn, Iceland

    Mud Pits and Fumeroles - Haverarond, Iceland

    The Waterfall of the Gods - Godafoss, Iceland

    I've still got 5 more days in Iceland to go:eek: :rolleyes: 
    Bob & Nan
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  14. Here we go with some added photos from the next day of our trip.
    Note: I am adding a "Day of the Trip" number here so that you can get a feel for what we saw when and I will edit the previous posts in this thread:

    Day 12 of the trip

    Cityscapes In Akureyri, Iceland

    Botanical Garden in Akureyri, Iceland

    Fishing for Photos in the Fog - Siglufjordur, Iceland

    The Herring Museum in Siglufjordur, Iceland

    Birds in Siglufjordur, Iceland

    More of the Midnight Whales in Iceland

    One of the very first posts belongs here in chronological order, you may have already seen it:
    Midnight Whales in Iceland

    Three more days to go!
    Bob & Nan
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  16. Maybe is was just wishful thinking, or maybe I just have lost count... but there were three days, not two, left to do as of the last post.

    I processed some yesterday and more today so here are links to quite a few new posts

    Day 14 of the trip

    Geology at Latrabjarg Cliff, Breidafjord, Iceland

    Birds at Latrabjarg Cliff, Breidafjord, Iceland

    A Visit to Flatey Island, Breidafjord, Iceland

    Birds at Flatey Island (Part 1), Breidafjord, Iceland

    Birds at Flatey Island (Part 2), Breidafjord, Iceland

    Collecting Bird Eggs at Flatey Island, Breidafjord, Iceland

    Day 15 of the trip

    Heimaey Island, Vestmannaryar, Iceland

    You Just Thought I Was Older Than Dirt - Surtsey Island, Vestmannaryar, Iceland

    I still have more posts from day 15 but they (and the final day 16) will have to wait another day.

    Bob & Nan
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  17. If anyone is still awake after all these posts, we have finally finished posting the far too many photos from our Viking adventure.

    Here are the links to the last posts:

    Day 15 of the trip continued

    Northern Gannets Near Surtsey Island, Vestmannaryar, Iceland

    Orca Offshore Iceland

    Day 16 of the trip

    Reykjavik & The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

    Thats All Folks :wink:

    If you have not suffered enough, there are more photos posted on our Smugmug website:

    If you have any questions, be sure to ask.
    Bob & Nan
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