One Hundred Ninety Three

yearofyogaJuly17A Year of Yoga: July 17, 2014

Pose: Headstand Variation

Location: Tjornin; Reykjavik, Iceland

We had a lot to accomplish today. Our main objective this week is hiking the Laugevegur Trail. It is a 5 day backpacking journey from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk. We are also adding another day of hiking from Þórsmörk to Skogar on the southern coast. The weather in Iceland is unpredictable at best. So there were many supplies we hadn’t brought with us and needed to buy for our trek. We spent the morning at the mall purchasing over-trousers, freeze-dried meals, and the like. I also purchased a beautiful traditional Icelandic wool sweater, which I have wanted since our last visit in 2011. I figure it will be a good layer for keeping warm out on the trail. We then realized we didn’t have trek poles and would most certainly want them. Brandon found a local camping supply rental place which rented us the trek poles for a ridiculously low rate and didn’t even ask for a credit card. Plus they tell you where their hide-a-key is in case you have to return them after hours. Iceland rules! After the mall we had lunch at the famous hotdog stand…you know the one where Bill Clinton was photographed when he visited. We were successful at finding all our supplies and spent the evening wandering around Reykjavik and remembering our last trip here. We also went to the local sundlaug (swimming pool). Iceland has a great swimming pool culture (more on that in future posts). Our bus leaves quite early in the morning to take us to the beautiful interior where we will start our hike. Getting excited to be out in nature for reals!!

Photography Credit: Brandon

 

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One Hundred Ninety Two

yearofyogaJuly16A Year of Yoga: July 16, 2014

Pose: Side Lunge with prayer hands

Location: The Lebowski Bar; Reykjavik, Iceland

I have so much to say about today. First of all, our flight from Paris was on a newer airline based in Iceland called WOW. Seriously fun and awesome airline. They now (2015) offer flights from the East Coast of US so if you aren’t flying from Europe, you’re still able to experience the WOW. The flight attendants were funny and the amenities were great considering it’s a smaller company. So fly with WOW. (Ok my plug for them is over).

We landed in Iceland mid-afternoon and took a bus that dropped us right at our guest house. Our original booking ended up being double booked so we were upgraded to another guest house. It was gorgeous and an easy walking distance to downtown Reykjavik. I would stay here again for sure. We picked up some beer at the airport where it is much cheaper and enjoyed relaxing with a drink before showering and heading out to the Lebowski Bar.

So, we found an ad on the in-flight magazine for this place. We are huge movies of the Big Lebowski. If you haven’t seen it, stop what you are doing immediately and go watch it. The Lebowski Bar was great. The food was fine, not spectacular, but there is a whole menu of White Russians (I had a “special lady friend”), a bowling alley and Richard Nixon bowling photo on the wall, and the movie is constantly playing silently on large screens.

I love Iceland. Of all the places I’ve traveled, it’s the one I know I’ll keep returning to.

And I made a cute dog friend who was waiting for his owner outside : )

Photography Credit: Brandon