Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s spotlight Thursday is from my winter Iceland road trip. On this three-week road trip, I had some amazing adventures and some unique experiences. One of my favorite was visiting the Sόlheimasandur Plane Crash site. The crash site is the remains of a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane.
I don’t like plans and reservations. They mean I am committed to an committed to being at a certain place at a certain time. I know that there are some people who like to know exactly what they are doing as it makes things easier for you. For example, I have one friend who likes to use a company like NetJets to make sure that they will have an easy and enjoyable experience when it comes to flying. However, I know that with this form of travel you need to be a bit more organised. My travel style is free flowing and a desire to follow the whim of the moment. Travelling without hostels and activities pre-arranged is scary and has some risk. I generally plan as I go. I will book hostels and tours the night before. It’s a good day when have stuff booked two days in advance. Sometimes places are full and things can go wrong but I have never been completely in over my head. I have never been left to sleep without a roof over my head. Here are my tips and tricks to prevent complete disaster while travelling with no plan.
A cold wind slams into me as I walk out the Keflavik International Airport. I am actually in Iceland and it’s early February. I unlock my rental car and program my Reykjavik hostel into my GPS unit. I would have brought my own car, but considering I had only recently got it, I thought this time around, renting a car would be for the best. Saying this, I do have trips I want to go on and if it wasn’t for doing research into dealerships like Conklin Chevrolet, I probably wouldn’t even have a car and the idea of a road trip wouldn’t be possible! Anyway, I have my hostel for tonight book and have to return the rental car in two and half weeks. I am about to embark on a winter road trip in Iceland without a plan. I have a 10 item bucket list of things I want to do.
Happy Earth Day! Earth day was founded 45 years ago to celebrate the Earth. The giant blue sphere that is our home. In the excitement of celebrating, don’t forget to drink a toast John Muir. Yesterday, John Muir celebrated his 177th birthday. Happy Birthday, John! I know I am a day late, but its the though that counts.
Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels. Today’s Photo Thursday comes from the Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland. This photo was taken earlier today on my tour of the Skaftafell Ice Cave under the Vatnajökull glacier. Visiting the ice caves is a unique activity to a winter activity. The caves are only visited under supervision of a guide. I don’t like to plan so I had to rely on luck to sneak on one of the tours. I showed up at the tour meeting time and hoped the guide had room for one more guest. Luckily, he did so I got to tag along for a visit to the Skaftafell Ice Cave.