Coming to the rescue

What do we like to do? Travel. Hike. Camp. Explore. And even better to foreign places… Usually we travel alone, just the two of us. Fewer and fewer friends over the years wanted as much active outdoor trips, as they had in years past. Some dropped off early at the thought of camping. Then, few years ago, hiking no longer appealed to others.

A trip we most wanted to take – to Iceland – almost didn’t happen for lack of travel companions. If the hiking, exploring, and weather didn’t bother them – the expense did. In stepped longtime friends, Nancy and Tom, and we four took off on our long-awaited trip to Iceland.

Four years have now passed, but when we arrived in Ann Arbor to visit Nancy and Tom, one of the first things we talked about was that fantastic trip to Iceland.

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We joined others for one of the best hikes we’ve ever taken: a 4-day hike from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk with Icelandic Mountain Guides.

We learned in the first few hours of driving that the landscape was dotted with so many waterfalls, it’s impossible to stop at all of them…

We learned in the first few hours of driving that the landscape was dotted with so many waterfalls, it’s impossible to stop at all of them…

and we probably took more than our share of photos at each stop.

and we probably took more than our share of photos at each stop.

We drove the ring road heading northwest and stayed at rustic hostels down rural roads.

We drove the ring road heading northwest and stayed at rustic hostels down rural roads.

 

Old buildings in the countryside.

Old buildings in the countryside.

Sheep roamed freely and were willing to pose for anyone with a camera.

Sheep roamed freely and were willing to pose for anyone with a camera.

Even in August the weather and the streams were cold.

Even in August the weather and the streams were cold.

We all agreed Iceland was breathtakingly beautiful. We rank it the most scenic place we’ve ever been. Nancy and Tom rank it #2. For four people who’ve traveled around the world – that’s worth noting.

We’d wanted to hike in Iceland for over ten years when Nancy and Tom came to the rescue. It was worth the wait and great to have friends who helped to make it happen.

 

October 2015

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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9 Responses to Coming to the rescue

  1. Inger says:

    It looks spectacular! Iceland is definitely on our travel list. I have seen so many great blogs from others as well who loved Iceland. And I am wondering what Nancy and Tom ranked above Iceland?

  2. icelandpenny says:

    Love it! I knew from the first shot it was Iceland! We’ve covered much of the same territory you & I — for my account, click Iceland Trek in my sidebar menu, then scroll right down to start at Day 1. Meanwhile, thank you so much for this return trip.

  3. Lynn E says:

    Love this post, Joe and Beth! Did your feet warm up after walking through streams on cold days?

  4. Fun coincidence: our son just stepped into the room to say we should go to Iceland. I love the photo of the two waterfalls. Glad you got there.

  5. Thank you for sharing this amazing place that I’ll probably never get to in person!

  6. plaidcamper says:

    What an astonishing landscape – wonderful photographs!

  7. I’ve been and Iceland is incredible! I can’t wait to go again and see more of the countryside, like you guys did!

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