Iceland/ Island

Iceland was one of my dream countries for many years. At the end of the year 2017 I was finally able to fulfill my dream. Planning this trip was a bit difficult, because there were so many places we wanted to see, but there are few hours white time in Iceland in winter and the trip itself was only 5 days long.

Island on olnud üks minu unistuste riikidest aastaid. 2017. aasta lõpus viisingi oma unistuse lõpuks täide. Reisi planeerimine oli keeruline, kuna teha ja vaadata oli palju, valget aega talvel Islandil vähe, ning reis ise lühike.

When visiting Iceland you need to take into account weather and road conditions. Every morning before starting driving we checked the weather and road conditions from the TV. The car rental company warned us of a really strong wind what can blow the car doors backwards. We heard that this is a very common problem there.

Islandil peab kindlasti arvestama ilmastiku- ja teeoludega. Igal hommikul enne teele asumist vaatasime ilmateadet ja teeolusid televiisorist. Autorendifirmast hoiatati meid tugeva tuule eest, mis lööb autouksed tagurpidi. See pidavat väga tavaline probleem olema seal.

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During our trip we visited:

  • Plane wreck in Sólheimasandur, which has been there since 1973, when the United States Navy DC plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach. Fortunately, everyone in that plane survived. Later it turned out that the pilot had simply switched over to the wrong fuel tank. This plane wreck looks very mysterious there surrounded by black sand.

Meie reisi jooksul külastasime: 

  • lennuki vrakki Sólheimasanduris, mis on asunud seal  aastast 1973 kui Ameerika Ühendriikide Mereväe lennukil sai kütus otsa ning see alla kukkus. Õnnetuses keegi surma ei saanud ning nüüd näeb see lennukivrakk musta liivaga ümbritsetud rannal väga müstiline välja.IMG_1851IMG_7929IMG_1847IMG_1944
  • Skógafoss waterfall.
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  • Gljúfurárfoss waterfall.
  • Gljúfurárfoss koske.

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  • Seljandsfoss waterfall. It is closed to the previous waterfall.
  • Seljalandsfossi koske. See asub eelmise kose lähedal.

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  • Hrunalaug natural hot springs. When we were there, this place was completely free and quite unknown but not I have heard that it is not free of charge anymore because of the large number of tourists. There is no inside room for changing clothes. We changed our warm clothes for swimwear outside with -16 degree cold. Already doing that outside with so many minus degrees was an experience itself. When I talked with local Icelanders it turned out that they don’t use hot springs in winter with cold.
  • Hrunalaugi looduslik kuumaveeallikat. Kui meie selle vaatamisväärsusega tutvusime ei pidanud selle eest veel midagi maksma, kuid nüüd  olen Internetist lugenud, et turistide rohkuse tõttu muudeti see tasuliseks. Riietevahetamiseks eraldi siseruumi seal pole. Meie vahetasime soojad riided ujumisriiete vastu ja pärast vastupidi 16 kraadises külmas. Juba see oli elamus omaette. Pärast kohalike islandlastega rääkides selgus, et ega nemad talvel külmaga kuumaveeallikatesse ise ei kipugi.

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  • Gullfoss waterfall.
  • Gullfoss koske.

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  • Geysirs StrokkurSmiður and Litli-Strokkur in Haukadalur valley area.
  • Geisreid Strokkur, Smiður ja Litli-Strokkur Haukadaluri orus.

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  • Reykjadalur hot river +3 km hike in mountains to reach this river. We arrived to the mountain hike perfect time for seeing amazing sunrise. The views were even more awesome thanks to the sunrise. In some places the road was very slippery and covered with only ice. River water was about 100 degrees in some places and there were warning signs informing that. Only in some places is it possible to bathe in this river. And as in Hrunalaug there are no special inside room for changing clothes, everything has to be done outside with cold, before and after bathing.
  • Reykjadalur kuumaveejõge + 3 km mägimatk selleni jõudmiseks. Sattusime rajale täpselt päikesetõusu ajaks ja vaated olid tänu sellele veel imelisemad. Kohati olid teerajad paksu jääkihi all ja seega väga libedad. Vesi ise mõnedes kohtades 100 kraadi ringis ja hoiatavad sildid väljas. Ainult teatud kohtades tohib suplemas käia. Siin tuleb samuti väljas külmakäes riietuda enne ja pärast suplust.

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  • Kerið volcanic crater what was formed by a huge volcanic explosion.
  • Kerið kraatrijärve.  See on tekkinud vulkaanikraatri plahvatamise tagajärjel.

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  • Reykjavíki.

In Reykjavik we went to:

  • Hallgrimskirkaja church tower.

Reykjavikis külastasime:

  • Hallgrimskirkaja kirikutorni.

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  • Harpa concert hall.
  • Harpa kontserdihalli.

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  • Sun Voyager sculpture. You can see a beautiful view of Esja mountain next to the sculpture.
  • Sun Voyager skulptuuri. Skulptuuri juurest avaneb ilus vaade Esjan mäele.

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  • Elliðaárdalur park. It is unbelievable that there is such awesome place inside the city.
  • Elliðaárdalur parki. Uskumatu, et selline koht asub Reykjaviki linnas.

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  • Perlan, where there used to be hot water storage tanks. Nowadays there are café, restaurant and 360° degree viewing platform.
  • Perlani, mis algselt ehitati kuumaveehoidlaks. Praegu asuvad seal kohvik ja restoran ning vaateplatvorm.

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ainsad virmalised, mida nägime 😀 / the only northen lights we saw 😀

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Since visiting the church tower and Perlan observation platform are both with ticket, I would rather recommend to visit and see Perlan’s views.

Kuna nii kirikutorn kui Perlani vaateplatvormi külastamine on tasuline, siis pigem soovitaksin Perlani vaateid.

  • Street art.
  • Tänavakunsti.

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My favorite accommodation was in Hveragerð, because there was a chance to use two hot water tubes, one with 39 and the second one with 41 degrees water.

Minu lemmik ööbimiskoht oli Hveragerðis, sest seal oli võimalus kasutada kahte kuumaveetünni, üks 39 ja teine 41 kraadise veega.

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Iceland is one of the most favorite places for photographers, because of the natural light. All the photos are so good, no need to photoshop them later.

Island on üks fotograafide lemmikkohti sealse valguse pärast. Kõik pildid on nii ehedad ja lisatöötlemist ei vaja.

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Vaalaluust magnetid. Need loomad ei ole ekstra tapetud suveniiride pärast, kuna islandlased leiavad kasutust juba surnud looma kõikidele osadele. / Magnets made of whale bones. Those animals are not killed for making souvenirs. Icelanders are using all possible parts of already dead animals.

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Most of the natural attractions here are free, but some places you need to pay for parking or entrance, for example parking at close to Gljufurarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and entrance in Kerið volcano crater.

When traveling in Iceland I recommend taking warm clothes, it gets really cold in winter. Even if the temperatures are not that low, the wind makes it extra cold.

Iceland is beautiful all year round. I visited the country in winter, because when I hear word “Iceland” I think more about snow and ice. Using hot water springs seems more extreme in winter too. I really hoped to see northern lights, but it didn’t happen. In the summer time all the views are definitely awesome also when everything around you is in different shades of green.

Kui enamik looduslikke vaatamisväärsusi on tasuta, siis Gljufurarfoss ja Seljalandsfossi koskede juures tuli parkimise ning Keriðil sissepääsu eest maksta.

Talvisel ajal Islandile reisides soovitan kindlasti võtta soojad riided kaasa. Isegi kui temperatuurid väga madalad pole, siis tuul teeb ilma väga külmaks.

Island on ilus mõlemal aastaajal. Mina külastasin riiki talvel, sest minul seostub sõna Island rohkem lume ja jääga. Kuumaveeallikates mõnulemine tundub ka ekstreemsemana just talvel. Muidugi lootsin ma näha ka virmalisi, mis aga kahjuks ei õnnestunud. Suve poole on vaated samuti fantastilised, sest kõik ümberringi on mitmes erinevas toonis roheline.

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