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Baltic , Norway , Iceland and the U.K. on the Zuiderdam 2019 with photos

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I could see the midges in your video! I will stick with lambs, whales and puffins, thank you.

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18 minutes ago, cat shepard said:

I could see the midges in your video! I will stick with lambs, whales and puffins, thank you.

 

That was the only place that we had them and when the wind blew they stopped . We were fortunate since we heard that there was an outbreak of the biting midges that we missed . I'm thinking of the no see ums that we get here in Florida .

 

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2019/06/18/biting_midges_attack_early_this_year/

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3 minutes ago, scubacruiserx2 said:

 

That was the only place that we had them and when the wind blew they stopped . We were fortunate since we heard that there was an outbreak of the biting midges that we missed . I'm thinking of the no see ums that we get here in Florida .

 

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2019/06/18/biting_midges_attack_early_this_year/

 

 

Ewww. Biting midges. Sounds like the No See’ems on Cape Cod.

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5 minutes ago, cat shepard said:

 

 

Ewww. Biting midges. Sounds like the No See’ems on Cape Cod.

 

My mom used to live near the beach near Melbourne and they could be horrible usually at sunrise or sunset 

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On 7/19/2019 at 10:17 AM, scubacruiserx2 said:

Even though I prefer the font you have trouble reading, chances are, if you would have used the "Magic Word", your wish would have already been granted.

That is, "if you can see your way" to ask nicely.

 

It is clear that the kindness in my heart when I made that request did not transfer well to my post.  I am sad that you misread me.  Please feel free to return to your script.  I will not bother you again. 

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On 7/19/2019 at 10:17 AM, scubacruiserx2 said:

Even though I prefer the font you have trouble reading, chances are, if you would have used the "Magic Word", your wish would have already been granted.

That is, "if you can see your way" to ask nicely.

 

It is clear that the kindness in my heart when I made that request did not transfer well to my post.  I am sad that you misread me.  Please feel free to return to your script.  I will not bother you again. 

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On 7/19/2019 at 10:17 AM, scubacruiserx2 said:

Even though I prefer the font you have trouble reading, chances are, if you would have used the "Magic Word", your wish would have already been granted.

That is, "if you can see your way" to ask nicely.

 

It is clear that the kindness in my heart when I made that request did not transfer well to my post.  I am sad that you misread me.  Please feel free to return to your script.  I will not bother you again. 

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Haha.  So ironic that it posted 3 times.  I honestly didn’t mean to bother you again!  I did enjoy your posts up to that point so I thank you for that.

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Our last stop was at Bessa's farm

 

 The surroundings are beautiful

 

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A  Redshank on the post

 

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Eider Duck on the nest

 

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off the nest

 

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and in the field playing catch up

 

 

 

 

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The down drying room where Bessa and her husband save the down for sale to Germany or Japan

 

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A rooster and his hens

 

 

 

 

Icelandic National Day in the city

 

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Bessa is the B in B S Tours and she did a fantastic job and we would highly recommend her for a small tour .  Her husband handles the larger tours .

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The wind came up a little bit for the ride back to the ship

 

 

 

It was fun to watch the tenders in recovery mode

 

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The Captain said that after dinner we would be sailing into the fjord that we had visited with Bessa

earlier .

 

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Lobsterilla paid us a visit in our room

 

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Scenic fjord cruising

 

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There were a couple of events that we missed on the ship . The night before we went to Isafordur they had the Polar Bear Plunge at 22:00 when we crossed into the Arctic Circle . When we were in Antarctica in January , we were on time for the plunge , but they had it early and so we missed it there also . They also had fish and chips at the Lido which had just closed after we returned to the Zuiderdam . We vowed to have some soon .

 

The Where and When for Reykjavik

 

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With an overnight in Reykjavik and the Midnight Sun we hoped to go to the glacier lagoon about 5 hours away but we couldn't find a guide that would take would take us there , so we settled for the South Shore . It was kinda bumpy coming in .

 

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We felt a little awkward after meeting Jens ( My name is Yens ) . Because we were the only passengers in a 19 passenger vehicle  , we sat near Jens but he talked to us with a microphone and a PA system.

 

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We stopped here for a look at a glacier

 

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We really liked this waterfall Skogafoss

 

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200' ( 60 M ) free fall

 

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You can see the stairs on the right of this one

 

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I was on the 14 day part of this cruise (Copenhagen to Copenhagen) and I love reliving the parts that we also went to. We had a private tour in Akureyri also and thankfully got away before the buses. We were able to see the rainbow in the waterfall and passed the masses as we were walking back down. Dewan was our cabin steward and he was wonderful! Thank you for sharing your pictures!

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28 minutes ago, AnnieBelle said:

I was on the 14 day part of this cruise (Copenhagen to Copenhagen) and I love reliving the parts that we also went to. We had a private tour in Akureyri also and thankfully got away before the buses. We were able to see the rainbow in the waterfall and passed the masses as we were walking back down. Dewan was our cabin steward and he was wonderful! Thank you for sharing your pictures!

 

Cool , we hope that enjoyed the cruise as much as we did . Photos do bring back the memories .

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We next went down to the black sands and Vik

 

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When it started raining and we ducked into the cave

 

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There are some basalt columns there that are perfect for climbing .... if you're young

 

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9 hours ago, erewhon said:

Catching up with your reports.

Wonderful waterfalls.

 

Good , we really liked them also .

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Heading back to the car park

 

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Next stop

 

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An overview of Vik

 

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From here

 

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They seemed to have these stores at all of the ports . We stopped at a large one in Vik with a place eat . We tried the fish and chips and lamb soup .

 

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Our next stop was Solheimajokull Glacier

 

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It's between 2 volcanoes so it has a lot of the residue on it's surface giving it a black appearance

 

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It's about a 15 minute hike from the road

 

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Size wise you can see it's height in relation to the people . It's about 5 miles long , 1 mile wide and currently retreating .

 

From 1930 to 1969, the glacier retreated in total around 977 m. Then the weather cooled and the glacier advanced forward about 495 m until 1995, and also thickened by up to 100 m.

 

https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/destinations/south-iceland/glacier-hiking

 

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Our point of reference for glaciers is Perito Moreno . 19 miles long , 2.5 miles wide and over 200 ' tall  . It's Blue and advancing.

 

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It feels alive because you can hear it creaking , cracking and groaning as it calves

 

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You can also take a cruise that will get you very close to the ice .

 

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If you would like to read or see more , here's the link :

 

 

 

We did make a quick photo stop here but didn't cross the fence

 

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Seljalandfoss falls about 200'

 

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There is a path to the right where some folks walked behind the waterfall . We didn't .

 

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Video clip :

 

 

 

 

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I did want to try to blur the water falling which is really hard to do without a tripod

 

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Yet another video clip . Look for the midge that photobombs us at the end .

 

 

 

 

The best photo that I have seen from behind the falls comes from wikipedia

 

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My picture from behind the falls from October 2017.  It was incredibly scary as after a certain point there is no railing and you are climbing on very wet rocks.  I would never do it again.  

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 Earlier we had  stopped  for lunch in Vik, at the Ice Cave, and as we left it really started to rain. The heavy rain continued to the overlook at Dyrholaey , in search of puffins, but we did not make it to the lighthouse (which we had specifically requested  and agreed upon when booking).  Our next stops were  the glacier and the waterfall  before heading back. It was a long day and covered a lot of ground. 

 

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