Iceland in Winter: Golden Circle

 

Winter days in Iceland are quite short, but it does not mean that it isn’t possible to stop to admire the most important sites along the golden circle. A time schedule would be very helpful in this case so that you know how to manage the time. This country is so beautiful it makes it really difficult not to stop for longer time at this awesome sights.

We were there only one week before the shortest day and the light began to come through at about 09:30, and the dark came just before 17:00.

Between the first light and the sun rise we could calculate about 1 1/2 hours and the same was for the sunset. We got real the best weather for this trip!

The sunny hours are something like a very long sunrise and a very long sunset; this means…WOW… golden hours all the day long!

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The first place to visite was the enchanted þingvellir (Thingvellir) national park. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In winter we got the chance to see the frozen lake and the Öxarárfoss waterfall

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We continued our trip in the direction of the Geysirs

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Some more time for a quick lunch around this steamy geothermal area. From here in only a few minutes we reached the majestic Gullfoss waterfall.

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The final stop in a natural hot-sprig just before heading in direction of Hella for dinner and a good sleep.

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Iceland in Winter: From the Sky

We’ve been for a few days in Iceland again! Last time we’ve visited Iceland it was in early September and we were so amazed that we found we have to go there.

So we were lucky to find flights for a reasonable time and we could visit our great friend in Reykjavik again and then start our 3 days tour before heading home.

The arrival by plane was breathtaking: many volcanoes covered snow and the Svartsengi geothermal power plant could be admired.

What for an incredible view! We could not wait to start our trip.

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Switzerland: Tremola – Old Road over the St. Gotthard Pass

Yesterday we had the chance to see the Tremola road in half embedded from clouds while a few sun-rays highlighted this extremely beautiful landscape.

Since a few year the traffic jam for the Gotthard tunnel let tourist wait a long time (even hours) to pass the tunnel and reach the other side of the alps. In winter we don’t have many other chances if we don’t want to surround the place and take another way, but during summer times, after the snow disappeared there is another option: the highway over the the Gotthard pass or even the Tremola.  The Tremola is most beautiful of all Alpine roads. From Airolo, the historic pass road snakes around hairpin bends up to the Gotthard.  In our case we were on the highway, we planned to be at home before dinner and so we escaped the traffic jam and we headed up to the mountains.

I still can remember as a long long time ago, as I was a child we drove over the Tremola and how seasick I felt! Well, yesterday noticed the road in a different coat, the soft cloud framed it so beautifully that I had to try to take a few snapshot from the driving car (I was not driving myself!  🙂 ).

So beautiful!

 

Some random links concerming the Tremola:

https://www.alptransit-portal.ch/en/events/ereignis/the-first-paved-road-through-the-mountains/

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/scenic-route-airolo-gletsch.html

http://www.ticino.ch/en/commons/details/Gotthard-Pass-and-Tremola/111976.html

http://www.newlyswissed.com/trailing-ticino-tremola/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotthard_Pass

 

 

 

Norway: Trondheim

We arrived in Trondheim (the former capital of Norway) just after the sunset during the blue hours. The light and the reflections of the houses in the water are amazing and we enjoyed the city-walk and the skyline.  It’s not a big city, but the kings -residence and the old houses makes this town very much enjoyable and we regret not having more time to stay here. The big North is waiting for us!

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Norway: Oslo to Trondheim

Aproximately 500 km and 7 hours of driving are needed to reach the old capital of Norway. After speaking with a friend living in Norway we opted to follow the road E6 which is running near the water shore and climbing on mountains.

We got a very mild day, enjoyed the lunch on a beach near Lillenhammer and arrived for the blue hours in Trondheim.

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Discover Norway

I did not post here for a long time; my work, guests, honey harvest and the summer time hold me too busy.

Now we started a new road trip: Norway!

I’ve planned to post the photos from time to time during the trip, but this came out so intensive that after 3 days I stopped. So I^m at home now again, these post will be a great review for me.

First stop: Tønsburg a few kilometers south of Oslo

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