Monthly Archives: October 2015

Day Thirty-nine – last day in Helsinki

I had some time to kill in the morning, so I walked around to the Olympic Stadium. It was the primary stadium for the 1952 Olympics, and although still in use today, it was looking its age… Apparently it’s closing down before the end of the year for refurbishment, not…

October 31st, 2015 Journey, Photo, Update

Day Thirty-eight – Suomenlinna Island

Most of today I spent at Suomenlinna – a handful of islands a 15 minute boat-ride away that were a coastal fortress. Originally built by the Swedish in 1748 it was occupied by the Russians, and was handed over to the city in 1973. There’s still a naval academy on one…

October 28th, 2015 Photo, Update

Day Thirty-seven – Wandering around Helsinki

For the final part of my travels, I’m back in a city- Helsinki. Coming here was a last minute choice (I also considered Svalbard but the sun doesn’t really come up there at this time of year!) I arrived yesterday. Landing late in the afternoon I found the new (only…

October 27th, 2015 Photo, Update

Day Thirty-three – South coast revisited, northern lights.

Today we took a coach trip out along the south coast for Georgie to see a few of the sights. It was revisiting some locations for me, but as the weather was different it was still fun. Our first stop was Skogafoss waterfall again. This time I climbed the stairs…

October 24th, 2015 Photo, Update

Day Thirty-two – Reykjavik

The day began early as I needed to return my hire car back at the airport. My little Kia has done a great job over the past week or so, and I’d definitely use Blue Car Rental again. I’d recommend a 4WD here, even if you’re not planning on F-roads,…

October 22nd, 2015 Photo, Update

Day Thirty-one – Reykjanes peninsula

I opened the curtains to a nice red sunrise this morning. Although by the end of the day, the old saying that a red sky in the morning isn’t such a good thing came true. The rain held off until around 5pm though, so not all bad. I left the…

October 21st, 2015 Journey, Photo, Update

Day Thirty – heading back west

Day 30 has been pretty quiet. For the most part I’ve been driving along the main road back towards Reykjavik. Soon into the journey I passed a couple of nice glacier tongues coming down from Vatnajokull: I continued along, and the weather was worsening after the decent couple of days…

October 20th, 2015 Journey, Photo, Update

Day Twenty-Nine – Jökulsárlón. Ice, marching sheep, glaciers and aurora

Today I continued heading east. The first stop on the route was a gorge, called Fjaðrárgljúfur. It’s located just a mile or so off the ring road so was easy to find. A path leads you along the top of one side, and looking back from the end makes for an…

October 19th, 2015 Photo, Update

Day Twenty-Eight – South coast, waterfalls and crashed planes

After waking up and having breakfast, I went back up to Gullfoss (it was only about 2km from the hotel) for another photo at sunrise, as there was a bit more colour in the sky. The weather today has been much better generally- still the odd rain shower but plenty…

October 18th, 2015 Journey, Photo, Update

Day Twenty-Seven – Golden Circle

After a good nights’ sleep in the surprisingly comfy bed at Hotel Framnes, and after a little breakfast, it was time to head out. My hopes of getting the iconic shot of Kirkjufell with the waterfalls in the foreground were dashed; the weather was still as terrible as the day…

October 17th, 2015 Journey, Photo, Update