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Out for a spin in Iceland…

First job for the morning – packing Harry Hyundai, ready for our adventures, with things such as:

  • Water
  • Phone gadgets and power cable
  • Extra jacket
  • Hiking sticks
  • Map (the physical kind – remember them?)
  • Tripod
  • Small backpack
  • Protein bars
  • Hand sanitiser wipes
  • Camera batteries
  • Additional power pack for phone
  • Eyeliner and lipstick (hey, a girl’s gotta look good no matter what!)
  • Windex wipes
  • Rain gear
  • Travel towel

OK, so we are not exactly going off-roading (hmmmm, the thought of little Harry attempting to climb a hill, let alone rugged terrain, is quite comical!), but the weather here is quite changeable, only a week or so before I arrived,  three quakes measuring over magnitude 5 were recorded, with one of them being felt in the capital Reykjavik, located some 265 kilometers (165 miles) away from the epicenter.

Experts are warning that Grimsvotn volcano, Iceland’s most active, could erupt soon.

So, while a bottle of water and a couple of protein bars are not going to be helpful in case of an eruption, somehow it feels a little more comforting and sensible to at least have set the car up with the basics.

…and then we set off…

We didn’t really have a destination in mind for this trip – just to go a little further afield and see what we could find…

These are the three rear ends of three very large black sheep that decided to play frogger by running across the road right in front of us!

No amount of photos will ever do justice to how extraordinarily beautiful this place was… It is part of the Þingvellir National Park and was ‘awesome’ in the very literal sense of the word…

It was also the site of the annual parliament of Iceland met from 930AD to 1798AD.

Hmmmm, ok, well, that road is off-limits so time to turn around and continue on…  One thing about Harry is that he is little and can do a U-turn with very little space…


Unfortunately, I wasn’t up to walking up the top to view the crater, but if one Googles it, the images are extraordinary!

…and then the foggy mist set in…

…and so endeth our first real day of exploring…

~ Bella

To see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events; to watch the faces of the poor and the gestures of the proud; to see strange things — machines, armies, multitudes, shadows in the jungle and on the moon; to see man's work — his paintings, towers and discoveries;…
Harry Hyundai and I went out to pick up a couple of supplies, and decided to take the scenic route, following our noses and seeing what we could see... We ended up on the peninsula of Seltjarnarnes. Unfortunately, I forgot to pick up my camera to take with me on…


  1. Connie Curry says:

    Are those wild horses? I was trying to see if I saw a pasture fence. My new eye prescription lens are due in this week by the way. Beautiful, breathtaking pictures. I was virtually with ya Hey, do you still have the Volvo? Have fun. Connie

    • Ms (Leigh) Bella St John says:

      Yes, they are wild Icelandic ponies – and don’t blame your eyes – the photos were taken through the glass of the windows so aren’t all that clear… Re the Volvo, no, sadly I sold Prince. x

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