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A Walking Holiday in Iceland - Ian Hill

Blog post   •   Jul 16, 2010 15:03 BST

Having said that, Iceland initially seemed strangely familiar to me in many respects; with its Norweigan-style fijords and fresh-out-of-the-box multi-coloured houses; its soaring green hillsides and mountains; and its endless inland stony deserts and wilderness areas.

Its uniqueness of course lies in the underlying volcanic origins of the landscape itself in plain evidence wherever we travelled; from the volcanic islands we saw at the remoteMyvatn lake; the lava fields we walked through; and the sulphur fumerols to the famousGeysir Strokkur spouting boiling steam high into the air every few minutes.

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After ten days travelling, walking and socialising with twelve very amiable companions, I’ve learned a great deal more about Iceland’s history, culture and geography than I ever thought possible. In particular, I’ll never forget the manager’s after-dinner illustrated lecture at our first hotel in Reykholt and his humourous, informative insights into Nordic myths and legends.

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My favourite day has to be our amazing journey from Akureyri in the north, across the deserts of the central highlands and down to the south coast – a photographer’s dream. Our final day and night was spent in the capital Reykjavik, a kind of mini San Francisco, under bright blue skies and warm sunshine, a fitting end to our holiday.DSC_0030


I returned totally refreshed and truly amazed at the power and visual beauty of Iceland’s more remote areas; so many aspects of the holiday will remain in my mind for a long time to come. The high standards of accommodation throughout the holiday, together with the fabulous gourmet-style food we enjoyed at every hotel and each local restaurant chosen by our group leader, are a fitting tribute to the discerning research obviously carried out when initially setting up this holiday’s itinerary.


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