September 14, 2017

Reykjavik Street Art

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland.  It's a wonderful city to visit and I was able to satisfy my love of street art; Big Time!  The top three are my favorites, but art is subjective and they are all wonderful.

What is your favorite?

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September 13, 2017

Icelandic Horses

One of the fun things we did on the tour of Iceland was riding Icelandic Horses.  Please don't call them ponies!  Icelandic Horses are unique in that they have five gates.  While most horses have three or infrequently, four gaits, the Icelandic Horses have two additional, the pace and the tölt. 

Another interesting thing I learned was that there is very little animal disease in Iceland.  As a result, they don't allow animals to be imported.  Even an Icelandic animal may not return once it's left the country.  For example, if a horse leaves to compete in the Summer Olympics, it can not return.  The horse must be left/sold overseas.

They were quite fun to ride.  The stable we used was Islensky Hesturinn; they had a great organization.

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August 31, 2017

Puffins in Iceland

These are the puffins I found at the top of the cliffs while visiting Reynisfjara Beach, with the unique black sand beach and the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano.  There were hundreds of them and it was such a great surprise to see them flying back and forth from the cliffs to the ocean.

Later we visited the Dyrholacy Peninsula, specifically to look for puffins.  I was able to get within 10 feet of these guys!  So exciting.

I learned that puffins can live to be more than 30 years old and that they mate for life.  They also use the same breeding nest year after year.

I have a young friend who is in "love" with otters. I brought her back a stuffed puffin, hoping to broaden her horizons.  I think she likes it!

I'll be blogging more about this trip.  I went to Iceland with Sights and Souls Travels.  They specialize in tours and vacations for women.  I can't say enough good about them; it was a fabulous trip and I recommend them.

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