Thursday, July 23, 2009

Xan is back in Utah!

Just a quick update. I picked Xan up from the airport last night and he's back in Utah safely. We have a ton to do in the next seven days before we drive off to New York. Moving is not very much fun but we're looking forward to a few weeks from now when we a bit more settled and the long road trip is behind us. :)

And, Happy Birthday to me!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Videy Island!

Again, my parents don't have Icelandic letters on their computer so it is pronounced, Vee-thay. The D is supposed to be the slashed d. Anyway...

The last trip that Xan and I took in Iceland before I left was to Videy island. It's a small island located north of Iceland's north harbor. It is smaller than the Westmann Ilsand that we visited.

Here's a picture from Iceland's North Harbor as we waited for the ferry. Its the patch of green before the mountains.

The mountains are not part of the island. Here's a picture of the north side of the island.

This was taken of the northwest side of the island.

Here's a portrait of Xan in front of Iceland's north harbor.

They built this house for a Danish royalty when he came to visit a few hundred years ago. It's now been renovated into a restaurant. The church is still intact and was built at the same time.

The white monument in the next picture was made for John Lennon. I have a close up shot of the writing on it later. It shoots up a giant pillar of light that they shine over Christmas and New Year's Eve.

It was such a beautiful and clear day, you could see snaefellsness across the bay. This is looking out west.

The whole place was gorgeous so a lot of the pictures I took are just scenic.

Here's another restaurant that can be rented out on special occasions, I think. The tourist brochure is somewhere in the chaos of all my in-the-process-of-final-packing-stuff.

This picture is also facing west.

Here's the close up of the Lennon memorial piece. It says the same thing in all sorts of languages.

More scenery.

Handsome husband.

Me and the city Reykjavik behind me.

A fancy shot I attempted to take.

A sail boat I thought was picturesque.

This is the southwest coast of the island.

This is the south-west coast facing east.

Still heading west. It was a long island but we made it around the western half in about a half an hour walking along the shore.

The wild grass and flowers were stunning!

These pillars are located in several spots on the island and are all the same height.

More of the beautiful south west coast.

Okay. I guess i took a break taking pictures for a while because now we are on the eastern side of the island on the south coast.

Here's a statue of the virgin Mary

Xan went and played down at the beach. He eventually convinced me to join him.

Lots of birds were nesting along the coastline.

The east south coast.

And, that concludes the Videy trip. It was so relaxing and peaceful! Loved it! This next picture is a church or hotel or something that is near our house that I watching whenever we drive past it because it looks like a castle. Just pretty.

Well, that concludes the Iceland pictures. :) That was fun, right? The best part about this blog is that now I don't have to scrapbook anything. Its all in the blog! LOL!
Next stop, Ithaca, New York.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Westmann Islands!

Xan and I took a trip to the Westmann Islands which is where the largest group of Icelander's immigrated to Spanish Fork back in the pioneer days to join the Saints. We took a flight from Reykjavik and it was the shortest flight I've ever been on! Maybe 20 min in the air before we were on the ground again. :)

This first picture is of the harbor.

We took a boat tour around the island to see puffins and all the other beauty of the island. It is a GORGEOUS place!

There last volcanic eruption was back in the 1973. No one was hurt; they evacuated the island in time. This picture below has two volcanic craters. The one on the right is from a previous eruption. The one on the left is the newest crater that was from 1973. The eruption took out some homes but the harbor and man of the existing houses that you see remained.

The boat was rocking and the puffins were always a bit too far away to get a really close shot but I took a ton of pictures so I'll show you my best.

Its is nesting season and all kinds of birds were nesting all over the cliffs.

More surrounding smaller islands with nesting spots.

This is a big flock of puffins.

More attempts of pictures.

They're so cute!

The colors on the rocks were gorgeous! This was taken in a cave we were able to ride into.

There are many surrounding islands.

Here's a rock formation that looks like an elephant.

More islands.

And here is the 1973 crater up close.

That ends the boat tour. The island is incredibly small so we walked everywhere. The walk from the airport to the harbor, for example, was only like 15 min. And that was about 1/4 of the island. :)
This is a restored long house they discovered and excavated.

And here is a memorial identical to the one in Spanish Fork commemorating the Saints who heard the call to Zion.

Here's a close up on the inscription.

A shot a bit closer up.

Me and the ocean. The water makes it look like it should be tropical, all blue and clear, but you definitely would prefer a jacket!

More pictures of the beautiful, tropical looking water.

Xan looking extremely happy. :) Just kidding!

Makes me want to go scuba diving!

More gorgeous shots!

Xan wandered around a bit more than I did and came back with a puffin's egg!

We had to hike to get up to take the last 5 or so shots and it was a HIKE! Here's a picture as we started back down.

It wasn't the distance as much as it was how steep it was. Here's one shot.

And this is look up at what we just hiked.

Day 2: We stayed overnight at a hostel and then went to the natural history museum they have there. I was able to get a close up picture of a puffin so everyone can see what they look like. Sorry, it was just an exhibit.

These posts mark how deep the volcanc ash was at this spot.

I'm 5'5'' if that helps give you a better idea of how deep it got.

Here's the church and the cemetery. They had to dig all the ash out, of course.

Xan and I.

These wild flowers grow all around these Islands and the main island of Iceland. They are so pretty!

We strangely found a starfish stranded in the middle of no where about 30 feet above water. No idea how it got there.

We picked it up to find that it was still barely alive.

We threw it back into the ocean to give it a fighting chance. Hope it made it!

We took a ferry back to Iceland and then a bus back to Reykjavik. It was such a good trip! My next post will be our trip we took to Videy island. (Sorry, my parent's computer doesn't have the Icelandic letters downloaded so your just going to have to make due with the English equivalent.)