The ultimate four day trip to Banff *mostly* on the cheap.
After an amazing (but strenuous) four days on the Kalalau trail, I spent the second half of my vacation at the wonderful Grand Hyatt resort in Poipu. I’m a points junkie and saved up to spend four nights in this luxurious beachfront hotel. We were lucky enough to score an upgraded room with a partial … Continue reading Kauai Part II
After a few Kauai visits, this year I finally managed to pack the entire Kalalau Trail. Though I’ve often heard that getting permits for Kalalau can be difficult, I booked my January trip the previous August without much difficulty at all, I purchased my permits for $20/person per day without knowing if I would have … Continue reading Trekking Kalalau
On our way back into the city we decided to do all the main tourist attractions of the “Golden Circle” before spending one last day in Reykjavik. We visited Geysir, this impressive geyser erupted regularly much to the delight of a large crowd of tourists. We also went to visit Þingvellir National Park to see … Continue reading Golden Circle, Dill & Tips (Part VII)
After ogling puffins, we then headed to our next destination in the middle of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Another long day of driving, exploring hot pots with wonderful views and gasping every time we turned a corner. Views along the road. Photo credit: Lisette We discovered one natural hot springs that was REALLY too hot, and … Continue reading Snaefellsnes & Stong (Part VI)
Our next epic driving day meant going from Akeyuri out to one of the farthest points in the Westfjords, Dynjandi. We got an early start and headed out to spend the day driving through the fjords before spending the night at an extremely remote horse farm. Iceland’s best hot pot. Photo credit: Casey On the … Continue reading Westfjords (Part V) and Puffins!
After a very long day of driving the eastern edge of Iceland, we drove quickly through Myvatn to our lodgings at Narfastadir (another HeyIceland booking), one of the great perks of this lovely little hotel was that they had gluten free bread! Lake Myvatn. Photo credit: Lisette The next morning we doubled back to check … Continue reading Myvatn & Akeyuri (Part IV)
We had originally planned to make our way to the Glacial Lagoon for a boat tour this day, but since all boat tours were cancelled due to wind - we had to adjust our plans a bit. We embarked on a harrowing drive that involved pulling over and cowering in the car as massive winds … Continue reading Iceland East (Part III) Waterfalls & Ice
Our trek around the Ring Road started with a trip towards Vik and a two night farmstay at Solheimahjaleiga. We booked through HeyIceland, which was an amazing resource for us on our trip. When we arrived, we found an adorable farm full of lambs and were greeted by one of the sweetest dogs we’ve ever … Continue reading Iceland Ring Road (Part II) – Vik
The next few blogs will be a departure from my local adventures - I took a much needed (and long overdue) vacation to Iceland early this summer. My wonderful climbing partner Casey and I decided we deserved to have a serious adventures, so we planned the ultimate trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. Like most people, … Continue reading Iceland Part I – Reykjavik