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Archive - 2019

Geocaching the World

A very quick introduction to geocaching. I am not going to go into great detail. If you are interested you can look at geocaching.com or the link below for specific details. Basically, geocaching is an outdoor activity in which we use a gps or smartphone to navigate to cleverly hidden “caches” that have been hidden by other geocachers. By logging into geocaching.com...

Helsinki – Whirlwind Visit

I thought I would switch things up a bit. I have been doing posts about multiple places in one. Even though I haven’t done a post in about a week, I am going to break it up into multiple posts… Helsinki, Finland Inside a metro station… we see Calgary, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay As I last posted, we moved to Helsinki on a tight schedule. We got to Helsinki late on...

Cruise to Norway including Svalbard

Hello from Helsinki, Finland. This is a quick update regarding the cruise we were on. It was the MSC Preziosa and we departed from Hamburg, Germany and travelled up the coast of Norway, to Svalbard, and then back down the coast of Norway returning to Hamburg. We left Hamburg and flew to Helsinki the same day we arrived. A quick note about Hamburg as we were there for...

Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen… in a hurry

I will start by saying sorry that this is so long. That is what happens when I take too long in between posts. Okay… so I admit I have been slacking off in the posting department. We have been on the move pretty fast and frankly I could have used the bus and train time to write a post… but I didn’t… sorry. I am writing this post on the bus from Copenhagen to Hamburg...

Final Lessons In Iceland

Nicola thought we should do an Iceland post to wrap up the campervan things we learned. I decided to expand that a little to include all of our lessons learned. This may seem like a jumble of things but nonetheless good things to know. Campervan Lessons Of course you need to remember all of the costs when you plan a campervan holiday. In all, we travelled about 2500...

West Iceland and Golden Circle

The next morning we got up in Hvammstangi with a plan to scope out the seals. Turns out that there is only the Iceland Seal Centre but no seals in Hvammstangi. We drove up to Illugastadir to find seals… actually the girl told us Svalbard. Again we saw seals basking in the sun on rocks out in the water. No great up close experience. As there was only two nights left...

North Iceland

The last I left off, we were in Borgafjordur seeing puffins. That is is north east Iceland. After a successful puffin adventure, we began across the north of Iceland travelling east to west. The #1 highway cuts across the bottom of all the fjords and large peninsulas. Driving up and around all of these can mean lots of unpaved roads. So we were selective about what...

East Iceland

A quick update as I am ready to fall asleep. I am writing this in Lake Myvatn… we just got back from a natural geothermal pool. Very relaxed and ready for a good night sleep. On Wednesday we went to Skaftafell National Park. We spent one night there. We arrived after the visitors’ centre closed and left before it opened the next morning. Great hiking to a...