Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I'm back!

And I had an AMAZING time.


Iceland June 2012


Iceland was exactly like I expected, and nothing like I expected. We were so lucky with the weather, it was glorious sunshine most of the time, only raining for one afternoon.


Warning: Picture heavy post coming up! But for those that stick with it, there's incentive at the bottom ;-)


Iceland June 2012


Friday we got there, found the apartment, and went in search of food! We had probably the best meal of my entire life at a chic little place called The Fishmarket. Seriously, the food was incredible. As was the wine. And the saki.


Saki
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We sampled all kinds of local delights... and then my sister and I hit the town, hard.


result of Saki
Not my finest hour, it has to be said.  Image Source
The not-getting-dark thing is a little disconcerting to begin with, but it actually worked in our favour I think. 3am, wrecked in Reykjavik, and we could see to stumble our way home ;-)



Iceland June 2012


Saturday we spent the day walking around Reykjavik, seeing the sights, absorbing the city.


Iceland June 2012


It has a very slow and gentle pace (until the early hours of the morning that is), and reminded me a lot of San Francisco.


Iceland June 2012


All the cute little painted buildings and boutique-y shops. One of the highlights, for me anyway, was visiting the Hand Knitting Association of Iceland. I bought some lovely Lopi yarn, in rainbow colours, of course.


woolshop
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We were thinking of getting an Icelandic jumper each, but the wool was so scratchy I'm not sure I would have worn it. 


Iceland June 2012


I got a beautiful red hand knitted lace shawl instead, which is not scratchy in the slightest and much more my style. I also added a couple of rows to a community project they had going on the bench outside.


Knitting
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Sunday was our super-jeep tour day, and oh my gosh it was good!


Iceland June 2012


We saw waterfalls, volcanoes, tectonic plates, glaciers and geysers.


Iceland June 2012


Iceland June 2012


Iceland June 2012


We even went skidooing on the glacier which was so.much.fun!


Laura on skiddoo
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Everywhere is just beautiful, and so interesting to look at. The scenery (and weather!) changes from one minute to the next so even on a long car journey we were still enthralled looking out the window.


Iceland June 2012


Iceland June 2012


Iceland June 2012


Monday we went to the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal heated spa. It was bliss! We had algae face-masks, volcanic rock scrubs, and floating back massages. Unfortunately I have zero pictures of this (water and camera's do not mix!), only this one that I snapped on my phone as we were leaving.


Iceland June 2012


I kinda wish I had more though. My dad entering into the spirit of things and applying a face-mask is totally worth recording on film :-)


One quick stop off at the site of a recent earth quake before we headed to the airport. You could literally see the power and force of nature spilling out of the ground.


Iceland June 2012


Iceland June 2012


So now I'm home. Tired but happy. Very happy in fact. Happier also because a giant pile of parcels was waiting for me when I got back to work this morning. Eeek! I do love a nice mail day. More on this later.


Just FYI, I have about a gazillion unread items in my reader. I'm gonna draw a line under them and mark all as read. Let me know if there's something you specifically want me to see, or you know, if there's some uber hot news/gossip that I'm missing ;-)


And finally, for those that made it through, the lovely Brenda, of Pink Castle Fabrics, and I have organised a little somethingsomething for you guys tomorrow. See you then? ;-)

38 comments:

  1. Yea! I'm first! Glad you had a fantastic trip. The scenery looks aMAzing! Iceland is on my list of places to go before I die. Unfortunately, warmer climates usually win out...

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  2. Sigh
    It looks amazing! I'm on my phone reading this, but I'm going to have to get off the sofa and look at your photos in full size on the computer. Glad you had a lovely time x

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  3. Yayyy for fabulous time! Stunning photo's :) x

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  4. Wow what stunning pictures!! I so want to visit there now! =D

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  5. Fabulous photos - there just has to be a quilt in there somehow?

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  6. It looks amazing, and love the community knitting project, what a fab idea!

    Uber hot news/gossip? Errrr, nope, nada...

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  7. I laughed so hard at the way you have a pic of you and your Dad boozing, commenting that you were on the razz with your sis; people may think she looks a bit rough! Xxx

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  8. Wow it looks amazing, the blue lagoon looks beautiful. Can't wait to see what is in your parcels too!

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  9. so glad you had a good time x the pictures are wonderful x

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  10. Your photos are fabulous, it looks beautiful! I love the pic of you propping that building up ;)

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  11. Wonderful pictures, it looks like a great time.

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  12. It looks a fantastic place. Your photos are stunning. Looks like you had a good time. Di x

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  13. Awesome pics LJ! Looks like such an amazing place to experience! So glad you had a brilliant time away. Jxo

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  14. Stunning pics - so much fabulous colour. Looks amazing!

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  15. I think I am going to have to put Iceland on the bucket list!

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  16. love the pics-trip of a lifetime I am sure!

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  17. Wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing your vacation with us.

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  18. Sounds like you had a really fabulous time!

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  19. Wowwwwwww what amazing photos! Thanks for sharing with us. Teresa

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  20. looks like you had a fab time! Welcome home :-D

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  21. it looks amazing, what great photos. Glad that you had a lovely time and I love the idea of community knitting

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  22. Wow Iceland looks amazing, I want to go now, it has been added to my long list haha x

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  23. What a fabulous set of pictures, thank you so much for sharing them! Iceland has been on my list for a while, and this is REALLY making me want to make the trip. Looks like you had a fabulous time :)

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  24. It looks absolutely beautiful. I've been as far as Norway, but Iceland looks amazing! Lopi wool is gorgeous too, great colours.

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  25. Great pix Laura, and yes it really was a trip to remember , shame that some bits of it are a tad 'blurred'. You should never have made me drink all that Saki!

    'twas fun , enjoyed seeing it with you. XXXX

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  26. How beautiful! It looks so colorful. How big was the community knitting thing?

    Quick FYI, you are just gorgeous :)

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  27. Looks like a magical place. Glad you had a good time.

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  28. I so so so want to go here, perhaps one day when I am old and grey and the kids have left home! Loved seeing it through your eyes :-)

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  29. I dunno how I missed this post yesterday! Amazing pictures and it looks like it was an amazingly fabulous trip. I'll have to add it to my places I want to go now!

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  30. What a fantastic trip! Thanks for the photos and taking me along vicariously.

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  31. This is on my list of places to visit someday. Thank you for sharing so many great photos! (And you're adorable - you look like you were having a great time.)

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  32. Wow! Amazing! What you gonna knit then! And show us a pic of your scarf somewhen!

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  33. Wow, everything looks so different when it's not covered in snow and ice :). I really must get back in summer some time soon. Looks like you had a tonne of fun.

    Btw, where was the knitting association place? I totally missed that when I was there. Possibly a good thing though as I'd already bought an awful lots of stuff (including a reindeer pelt I like to call Rudolph) without adding wool :)

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  34. Looks totally amazing, really makes me want to go there. Glad you had a fab time

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  35. Don't think my comment just worked so trying again, sorry if I do comment twice! Looks totally amazing, I want to go there although being light all the time would be freaky! Glad you had a fab time x

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