The Laugavegur in the City

I just finished detailing our Laugarvegurinn Trek through the Icelandic interior in recent posts, but it turned out that our trekking days were not over. We returned to Reykjavik and our AirBnB host for about a day and a half of big city exploration after our hike. Our main goals were to see the sights, buy … Continue reading

Iceland by the Numbers

I still have a few more things to post about our time in Iceland, but now that we’re back home, we have crunched some numbers for those of you who have been following our adventure. Here’s an “Iceland by the numbers” summary that Mike put together: Kilometers biked: 1880 Kilometers bused: 0* Flat tires: 0 … Continue reading

Laugavegurinn Trek (Part Two)

I had so much to write about in my last post about the Laugavegurinn that I decided to break up the post into two separate parts. We actually hiked for three days, but I’m going to combine days two and three in this post. Sorry if this is confusing. As I explained last time, our … Continue reading

Laugavegurinn Trek (Part One)

Well, we survived the nasty weather in Landmannalaugar and started our trek a day and a half late. Saturday morning was still grey and drizzly, but the forecast was improving, and it was then or never. With limited time left in Iceland, we decided to complete the 34-mile trek in three days rather than four. … Continue reading

Landmannalaugar Refugee Camp

One of the main things Mike and I wanted to do in Iceland was the Laugavegurinn trek, a 55 km hike in the interior of Iceland. We found an accommodating AirBnB host in Reykjavik who let us store our bikes and panniers at her house for a few days, and then we rented backpacks and … Continue reading

Draggkeppni Islands: Iceland’s 2013 Drag Competition

It’s been 5 weeks of biking and camping, and suddenly you’re in an actual city: Reykjavik, Iceland, home to some 200,000+ people. What do you do to celebrate city life? What do you do to break the routine? Why, go to a drag show, of course! Mike and I arrived in Reykjavik on Wednesday, August … Continue reading

Bandit Camping in Iceland

We’ve begun the last leg of our biking journey since we are now working on completing our circle. There are no major stops until we return to where we started. We’ve moved from northern Iceland into the west, where signs of the capital’s relative closeness are more apparent. There are fewer convenient camping card campgrounds … Continue reading

Island Hopping

We’ve slowed our pace in the last week since we were ahead of schedule. We decided to enjoy a bit of island hopping. First, we hopped from the big island (Iceland!) to a tiny island called Hrisey. The ferry to Hrisey takes only 15 minutes since Hrisey is located in one of the northern fjords. … Continue reading

Nammi! Icelandic Candy Review

Icelanders seem to love candy almost as much as they love ice cream. The country has a couple of major candy manufacturers and many original candies. In Iceland, candy is called “nammi,” which seems like the perfect word. Om nom nom! Note: All but one of the candies detailed here are made in Iceland. I … Continue reading


For the last couple of days, Mike and I have been hanging out around lake Myvatn (which is supposedly pronounced Mee-vawt and is a compound of words meaning “midges” and “water”). Both midges and water are readily apparent, so I guess it’s aptly named. The lake is a far cry from any Midwestern lake, if … Continue reading