Thursday, 26 June 2014

Iceland and Norway Cruise Part 2

Now I have managed to sort through Paul's 2000+ photographs, I am back with part 2 of our recent cruise.

Day Eight and Nine - Reykjavik, Iceland
The weather in Iceland was amazing and ideal for exploring a land of huge contrasts. Some of the landscape hasn’t changed for millions of years with snow capped mountains, whilst other areas have dangerously active volcanos, natural hot geyzers and Tectonic Plates (mid-ocean) that are still opening up by ~3mm/year
 This, in turn, leads to a sparsely populated country that is also one of the richest and most highly developed in the world. The whole Island has a population just over 300,000. For that reason, Reykjavik is one of the smallest capital cities in the world.  The name Reykjavik is translated as 'Smoky Bay' after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area.  

The ship was anchored overnight so we had  lots of time to explore. 

All that was missing, was a trip to see Santa and a chance to observe the Northern Lights. We will have to save that for another time.....




We did a golden circle tour  visiting magnificent waterfalls, areas of baron land due to lava rock from previous erupting volcanoes. We even saw the volcano that erupted in 2010 with the Ash cloud that brought Europe airspace to a standstill.



One of the greatest natural attractions of Iceland and part of the famous "Golden Circle Tour" is the  Great Geysir, which erupts at regular intervals every 6 minutes or so and its white column of boiling water can reach as high as 30 meters. The whole area is a geothermal park sitting on top of a vast boiling cauldron.







We couldn't Ieave without a trip to the Blue Lagoon. This is a geothermal  spa where the water is a lovely and warm 38 degrees and naturally changed every 36 hours. It is enriched with minerals and reputed for its healing properties. It was just like getting into a very hot bath...






Day Ten - Day at Sea
And Paul's highlight was doing another Scrapbook page......

Day Eleven - Lerwick  Shetland Isles
 Capital of the Shetland Islands, belonging to Scotland.  We hired a car and travelled around the southern part.  We didn't realise there were so many beautiful sandy beaches







Thousands of Puffins at the most southern part of the isle


Day Twelve - Geiranger, Norway
 Fantastic views of one of the most scenic panoramas found anywhere. Snow covered mountain peaks, beautiful and wild waterfalls, lush green vegetation and deep blue waters of the fjord. 


Seven sisters waterfall


Day Thirteen - Bergen, Norway 

Gateway to the fjords with stunning views of the surroundings  from the top of Mount Floien.

 

Day Fourteen - Day at Sea
After finishing packing our suitcases we spent a relaxing day reading, sunbathing and playing games on the deck whilst cruising down the North Sea.

Day Fifteen - Harwich, England 
Unfortunately this is where our holiday ended and we disembarked and made our journey home.

As I previously said the scenery was stunning and beautiful and the trip is highly recommended. We made some great friends and have some wonderful memories. 

 

  My Husband was only home for 1 day before flying out to USA on business. 

I think I have enough to keep me busy over the next few days with getting back into work mode....Planning future card classes and new catalogue launch party, and attend a craft fair at Stallingborough Village Hall on Saturday 10am - 3.00pm

1 comment:

  1. Phewww I am exhausted just looking at all the photos Linda, didnt realise you had visited so many places, you have some fantastic photos, lots of inspiration for your project life ! xxx

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