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Travelogue: Scandiscursion – Chasing Waterfalls

I’m already consumed with nostalgia as I write this post. Iceland was more than a natural paradise, but a reminder of the joys of being outside and the push to adventure further, higher, deeper. Our road trip in Iceland continued from the Golden Circle along the south coast of the island. I wish we were able to  make a big loop around the country but with our limited time, it wasn’t possible. Not having the chance to see the north is a reason to return one day in the future. Seljalandsfoss This must be one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, because when I think of the country this picture comes to mind. But no matter how many images you see online, there’s a different feeling when you’re up close, when you can feel the mist, when you hear the thundering roar of the water, when your mind is consumed with feelings of awe and wonder… this is the value of seeing things with your own eyes (& heart). The waterfall is narrow, yet dropping some 60 meters from …

Travelogue: Scandiscursion – Golden Circle, Golden Skies

We woke up early, around 6:30, to start our road trip as early as possible. We were told in advance that the Golden Circle would take us about 8-10 hours and we wanted to make the most use of the daylight (with sunrise around 8:30am and sunset at 6:30pm). Þingvellir National Park Our first was Thingvellir National Park, which was north-east from the city. The national park is also grounds of Iceland’s first Parliament – dating way back in 930 AD. It was interesting to read about the history and the way in which important matters were discussed.  At the Lögberg people could step forward and give speeches. But the park is more recently and famously known for being the spot where the North American & Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly splitting apart from each other. It was only our first stop but I was already so excited to be outside. There was a childlike excitement inside of me that wanted to keep exploring off the path. It was nice (in many ways) because October was a transition …

Travelogue: Scandiscursion – Reykjavík, Iceland

WE’RE HERE! Hello Iceland!! After a short flight from Oslo to Reykjavík (Keflavík Airport), we hopped off the plane and onto a chartered bus to the city center. We had to stop at the bus terminal to transfer to the public buses to find our way to our AirBnb. Guesthouse Grima It was still early in the morning but our host invited us to sit while she prepared the room for us. We were welcomed with open arms and a kind kitty cat. Agnes, our host, served us coffee and we spoke for a while. We were so happy to be in a home after several nights at a hostel. Sometimes hosts go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and comfortable – this was definitely one of these times. Before settling into the room, Agnes gave us a piece of this traditional Icelandic snack: Flatbrauð, also known as flatkaka, is a type of traditional, Icelandic bread. The soft, pan-fried rye bread is eaten with butter and thin slices of hangikjöt (smoked leg of lamb).She …

Travelogue: Scandiscursion – Oslo, Norway

Our alarm goes off at 5:30am and we find ourselves tip-toeing around the hostel in Copenhagen. Life at hostels is small beds, tight spaces, dark rooms, quick showers, interesting people – it feels like an airport where people are always going in and out, here and there for different reasons. It’s fascinating and tiring – do it when you’re young – go experience the calm and craziness of hostels. We pack and dress for an early morning to Oslo… by bus! We walk to the bus terminal right next to Copenhagen train station. We wait in the cold and our bus arrives and we hop on. It’s a 8 hour journey to Norway through Sweeden. As we leave Denmark, our bus loads onto a ferry which takes us to the border of Sweeden. Once the bus unloads in Sweeden, the passengers are asked to go through Sweedish customers. From the chitter-chatter around us, we find our that border crossings are getting more strict. There’s a dog that sniffs all our luggage and we are required to go through …