If you’re wondering why my blog is so quiet lately, it’s because we’re very busy at the moment working for IceAk. Every time there’s a cruise ship coming to the harbour here in Akureyri we’re there trying to get the tourists to go on a tour with us in our Super Jeeps 😉 And since there’s so many ships coming here it’s hard for me to find the time for it all. Since I’m not driving the tourist I’m instead managing the company’s Facebook page, Twitter and home page. We try to update it every time we’ve been on a trip. So there’s a lot to do and if you’re interested in seeing what we do go check out our pages 😉 Since we are so busy the blog is going on a short summer vacation, probably until sometime next month. But I promise I will be back 😉 In the meantime I wish you all a great Summer!!!!
To get back home to Iceland with our fully packed car we had to drive all the way from Helsingborg to the north of Jylland in Denmark to take the ferry from there. This takes quite a few hours and so we decided to spend one night at my friends’ house in Kolding, which was pretty much half way. It’s often very great to have friends in many different countries 😉
Neither Doddi nor I had ever been to Kolding before, and it was a great surprise to find that it was a beautiful little town with many nice old buildings, which I have a thing for. Once again we were extremely lucky with the weather, and so we could walk around down town for a few hours to have a real look around. In Kolding there is an old castle which burned some hundred years ago or so, but they have rebuilt it once again. The interesting thing about it is that they didn’t really turn it into what it was before, instead they did some minor changes and there are some modern constructions combined with the old. I love old buildings, but I’m one of those who want to keep the outside, and at times even the inside, as intact as possible. So for me the modern parts of the castle weren’t that appreciated. I thought they could have done a lot better. But it was still really nice to walk around in there.
As you all know while in Sweden we went to see Iceland compete in Eurovision. Since it just happened to be at the same time as we were there, and since it was so close to us we just had to go 😉 Before the show we spent some time in down town Malmö. Both Doddi and I have of course been there before, but it was such a nice day with a lovely sun shining down from a blue sky that it seemed like a perfect day for walking around. I’ve never seen the town so much “alive” before. There were people all over and most of them foreigners (like us).
The “theme” for the Eurovision this year was “We are one” and with the symbol of a butterfly. These butterflies could be found all over town, which I thought was kind of cool 🙂 And not only because I love butterflies 😉
We had a great holiday in Sweden, and I was sad to return back so soon. But since we had decided to take the ferry back to Iceland we got a few extra days in Sweden, but still it wasn’t enough time. For some reason the days just flew by in ultra speed, and we didn’t get to do all the things we wanted to do and had planned to do. Still it was really great to be home and see my family and friends!
When we left Iceland it was still winter here in the north, with a thick layer of snow up in the mountains surrounding the town. Most of the snow in town had of course left, but it did snow just a few days before our departure. So we left winter and landed straight in summer! When we got to Sweden it wasn’t spring any more, it was the beginning of summer and all around us it was all of a sudden green and there were flowers everywhere! So the jackets we had packed got to stay packed down in our suitcase and we could were short sleeves! So this was definitely a holiday 😉
My favourite thing during the beginning of summer is our neighbours’ tree, it gets these amazing pink flowers and it just looks so beautiful! I have no idea what kind of a tree it is, but you can find them all over town. Unfortunately they only bloom for a very short time, so we were very lucky to have planned our visit just at the right time when they were in full bloom 🙂 If I ever get a house with a big enough garden I will buy me one of those trees!