Lovely Sunday

I love Sundays, it’s a day to just take it easy and relax to store energy for the week to come. If it’s a rainy day it’s a day to lay on the couch, watch movies and enjoy life. But if you’re lucky enough and get sunshine on a Sunday, being outside is almost a must.

Since we were lucky enough to have a Sunday with a beautiful blue sky and a lot of sunshine we took the Jeep and went for a short Sunday drive in the valley above Akureyri. It was the perfect day for a drive! The sun made the snow sparkle like a million diamonds and the snow was perfect to drive in. It was a perfect Sunday, I want more like it now that winter is slowly changing into spring. 10259724_445363068899680_6597879011202920342_nSorry about the bad quality of the picture, but we of course forgot the camera so this one is taken with my phone.

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Night lights

One of the best things about winter in Iceland, the amazing Northern Lights! Lately our days in Akureyri have been filled with lovely sunshine and a beautiful blue sky. This often results in amazing northern lights in the evenings. Of course it’s difficult to see them when you’re in town, but as soon as you leave all the light behind you they fill the sky. It really is an spectacular sight and I understand why so many tourists travel all the way to the north to see them!northern lightsWhen Doddi took this picture the lights weren’t even visible to the eye. So even if we can’t always see them they still seem to be there.

Beauty

At the moment the rain is washing away all the lovely snow that fell just a few days ago, turning the town grey and dull. It’s funny how big of a difference the snow makes. When there’s a layer of snow covering the ground the town looks so much more beautiful and it doesn’t feel as dark. But then when the snow starts melting and reveals the dark ground under it, the town looks duller and not as enchanting.

This winter hasn’t been as I expected, we’ve had too little snow, and way too much rain for my taste. The snow that falls only gets to stay for a few short days before it’s replaced with rain and ice. But I shouldn’t complain too much, we’ve still had snow! Last winter when we were in Reykjavík, we had one or two days of snow, that was it. This is a big improvement compared to that. Still a bit of a disappointment, since they had winter and snow from September until May here in the north last year, with a lot more snow then now and a lot less rain! Of course that’s what I was expecting when moving here, but every winter is different I guess.

Since we had such a bad winter last year in the South, we went on a lot of day trips outside of town with our Jeep, to find some snow. This year we haven’t been on a real winter trip with the Super Jeep yet. The plan is to go on a Þórrablót trip at the end of this month or next month. Even if I don’t like the Þórrablót food, I’m still looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to driving out of town and up into the mountains and the silence, where you get the great feeling of total freedom!

One of the main reason why we haven’t been on a Jeep trip this winter, is because Doddi has been working a lot, driving tourist. He was gone for most of January, and he got to see some amazing things, and I’m so jalousie of him 🙂 He got to go in to an ice cave, which is something I’ve never done but really want to do! Now I’ve made him promise to take me there later so I can experience all the amazing things he saw!

Seljalandsfoss, a place I've been to, but never during the winter.

Seljalandsfoss, a place I’ve been to, but never during the winter.

Seljalandsfoss, it's a waterfall that is beautiful both in the summer and winter time.

Seljalandsfoss, it’s a waterfall that is beautiful both in the summer and winter time.

I've been to Jökulsárlón a few times, and each time it's completely different.

I’ve been to Jökulsárlón a few times, and each time it’s completely different.

Ice on the beach, close to Jökulsárlón.

Ice on the beach, close to Jökulsárlón.

Ice on the beach, close to Jökulsárlón.

Ice on the beach, close to Jökulsárlón.

Ice on the beach, close to Jökulsárlón.

Ice on the beach, close to Jökulsárlón.

Ice cave

Ice cave

All of these lovely pictures are taken by Doddi, and sent to me while he was still on the road. For each picture I looked at I got more and more jalousie of him 😉

Almost makes me wish I could work in the tourist businesses myself, and get to visit all of these beautiful places.

Behind the clouds

Today I saw the sun for the first time in what feels like weeks! I had almost forgotten what it looks like.

For the last few weeks the sky here has been constantly covered in a thick layer of clouds. It has turned our beautiful town into something gray and boring, especially since the clouds have given us a lot of rain instead of snow. Hopefully this will all change now.

This morning I came out to a car covered in a thin layer of snow, which is always a nice thing to see, and now the sun is shining on us. This is so much better than the rain! So please give us more snow and more sun, because that’s what we like!

Sunrise over Akureyri, in November 2013

Sunrise over Akureyri, in November 2013

Up and down

When we lived in Reykjavík last year we didn’t have much of a winter, it just didn’t want to get very cold so that resulted in very little snow. Up in the north on the other hand winter came as early as September with snow and cold weather.

So when we moved to Akureyri I was expecting a “real” winter with cold weather and loads and loads of snow! It has snowed quite a lot here, but for some reason the temperature keeps going up and down. This week we’ve had days when it’s been very cold and then days like today when it’s 6-7°C outside. I can’t seem to get used to this, having it cold one day and warm the other, it’s just so weird and at times uncomfortable. At home we keep turning up and down our radiators, as the weather shifts.

So this isn’t really what I was expecting when I moved here. I wanted winter to come in October-November something, with snow and cold-ish. But the snow keeps falling only to melt away again a few days later. Some days the ground is just covered in ice, like this morning when I almost needed skates to get to and from the car.

But winter here isn’t all bad, we do have days which are just perfect!

View from Vaðlaheiði

View from Vaðlaheiði, isn’t it beautiful?

Sunset at Vaðlaheiði

Sunset at Vaðlaheiði

Is it worth it, part II

Last week I wrote about that it will cost a fee to visit some of the more popular nature sites here in Iceland. According to a survey done by the news paper “Fréttablaðið” and the TV station “Stöð 2”, 70% of the Icelandic people support the fee. That’s a much higher number then I was expecting. The survey also showed that more men than women are for it.

I'm guessing Þingvellir will be one of the places that will have an admission fee.

I’m guessing beautiful Þingvellir will be one of the places that will have an admission fee.

The minister of tourism wants there to be a so called “nature pass”, which is a much better idea then to have to pay an admission at the “gates” of the selected destinations. This will all be decided before next summer. So if you’re a tourist you will have to remember to buy one of these nature passes before you go out exploring the Icelandic nature!

The cold makes it beautiful

This morning when I was going to work it was -8.6 °C. Needless to say that it was pretty chilly. We even had to scrape the inside of the windows in the car, and that’s not something you do every day. When I say “we” I of course mean Doddi 😉 If I had to help with that I would have been late for work. I’m not a morning person so waking up early is not something I enjoy. Therefore I wake up so I have just enough time for my morning routines and then be at work at 8.00. Most days I make it, but during the winter time when you have to scrape windows it does happen that I’m a bit late, like most people I work with 😉 Then it’s good to have Doddi who drives me to work, when the roads are slippery like today or when there’s too much snow on the roads.

But the cold morning did give us something nice, it gave a very beautiful sunrise! Looking at a lovely sunrise like this one almost makes you forget how cold it really is 😉

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