Hæ from Iceland!


For you non-Icelandic speakers, that means Hi from Iceland!! After 3600 miles of flying, and many hours waiting on connections, we arrived this morning. We are both tired and jet-lagged, which is expected, but hope to recover a bit here before our jump to Barcelona.

We are both so excited to finally be on our big trip. After months of preparation it was great to finally get on the plane and realize that we could stop worrying about what we needed to do or forgot to do. At this point, it is what it is and we’ll handle it on the fly.

Reykjavik is the world’s most northerly capital (only 200 miles from the Arctic Circle) and is unlike anywhere we have been before. It’s a combination of clean Scandinavian design and Amsterdam Bistro funk… with an amazingly tongue-twisting language. Today was in the low 40s with a wicked cold wind off the Atlantic.


And because I am a geologist and to give a shout out to all you science geeks out there, I can’t help but mention that Reykjavik sits at the edge of the North American tectonic plate and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is normally thousands of feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. The ridge comes ashore and is exposed at the surface here. To geologists and geophysicists, this is like saying you saw Lady Gaga at lunch today. I could wax geologic but will refrain.

Happy Trails,


Author: gallivance.net

We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at gallivance.net.

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    1. Hi Brenda, Iceland was fabulous! It was the first stop on a Round-the-World journey we did last year. And we saw just enough to convince us that we need to go back and see much, much more! Are you going to be traveling around the country? ~Terri

  1. I’ve been wandering through the archives, looking for info on our 2018 travel venues. We go to Iceland in July.
    I wish your blog had a “next” button so it would be easy to get to the next post, but the archives and topics help.

    1. Hey Shelley. Iceland should have been in the “Destinations” pull-down menu in the top banner, but for some reason isn’t. I’m not sure if you discovered it in the “Category” pull-down that is on the right side farther down. Anyway, here’s the link to all our Iceland posts:

      Also, our blogging buddy Pam visited Iceland and wrote a number of great posts. And BTW, she has excellent photos:
      Iceland is unique and you’ll love it. Have a great trip. ~James

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