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A stopover on the Rock.

Our adventure began Friday July 3, when we flew from Vancity to Keflavik airport in Iceland. We arrived early in the morning on Saturday, and despite feeling like we could have slept all day, we managed to limit ourselves to just a short nap before setting off to check out the city.

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Iceland’s coast as we landed

Derek lived in Reykjavik for six months in 2001, and I had the chance to visit him, but bringing the kids this time around was pretty cool. We had barely three days, so we did mostly the big touristy sights to give the kids a taste of the landscape — exploring downtown Reykjavik, driving the Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gulfoss) on day two, and finally driving down to Seljalandfoss our last day. The scenery in Iceland is pretty stunning, and the air is so clear and pure, it feels like you can see forever.

Seljalandfoss from afar

Seljalandfoss from afar

Despite sort of chilly temps (around 10-14 degrees, that’s summer!) and some drizzle, we had a great stay. I’d only been there in November before, so it was pretty cool to see the country coated in green grass, moss, and wild purple lupins in massive swarthes all over the landscape. The sun really never sets, but rather just dips slightly below the mountains for a few hours in the middle of the night, pretty different from the 4 hours’ daylight I’d experienced last time!

Here are a few more pics of Iceland.

Thingvellir, site of the first icelandic parliament in 930.

Thingvellir, site of the first icelandic parliament in 930.


This is the edge of the North American tectonic plate. Thingvellir is nestled in the continental divide, between the plates, sinking at a rate of a couple inches a year! Yep, pretty trippy!

This is the edge of the North American tectonic plate. Thingvellir is nestled in the continental divide, between the plates, sinking at a rate of a couple inches a year! Yep, pretty trippy!


Strokkur geysir, about to blow.

Strokkur geysir, about to blow.


Strokkur geysir full blast, it erupts every 3-8 minutes, anywhere from 35-60 m in height.

Strokkur geysir full blast, it erupts every 3-8 minutes, anywhere from 35-60 m in height.


The kids at Gulfoss

The kids at Gulfoss.


From the top of Gulfoss looking down towards the canyon.

From the top of Gulfoss looking down towards the canyon.


Spring is late and short in Iceland, so despite arriving early July, there were loads of fresh little foals in the fields as we drove through the countryside. We were all pretty enchanted by them.

Spring is quite short and rather late in Iceland, so despite arriving in early July, there were loads of fresh little foals in the fields as we drove through the countryside. We were all pretty enchanted by them.


Seljalandfoss, tall and powerful.

Seljalandfoss, tall and powerful.


You can walk up and behind Seljalandfoss. Pretty cool to see a waterfall of this strength from behind.

You can walk up and behind Seljalandfoss. Pretty cool to see a waterfall of this strength from behind.


Token family shot in front of the art installation of a Viking ship in Reykjavik harbour.

Token family shot in front of the art installation of a Viking ship in Reykjavik harbour.

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