Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

First Day in Iceland June 12th


I actually slept for a few hours on the plane.  We arrived in Keflavic at 6:20.  My first task was to purchase sim cards.  That went very smoothly.  Then we took the yellow bus to Go Camper to pick up our Campervan.  Alexander helped us fill out all of the paperwork.   Deciding on insurance took a bit of time.  We decided on full coverage, but there is still a deductible.

Alexander started to put our luggage into the back of the Campervan and then decided that he needed to get a different van for us.  He thought we would have too much trouble getting the equipment out of the one he started to give to use.  He brought us another one and put our luggage into the it.  We had to inspect each and every little scratch.   Here is Alexander explaining how to work the little cooler.  That was the only photo of the van that worked.

Alexander showing us the van.

It is hard to believe but our first stop was to get food and we stopped at Costco.  It has only been open for a month.  The lines were the longest lines that I have ever seen.

I'm standing in line at Costco

These photos hardly show the length of the lines.  The lines were so long at Costco

We took off on the road on our way to Þingvellir National Park.  The fields along the road were covered with Lupins.  I thought I was taking photos, but my camera was doing something goofy and doing bursts and I didn’t understand what was happening.  When I uploaded the photos I took today, I discovered that those photos just couldn’t be used in the blog.  I which means I can’t use any of them in my blog.   That is such a bummer, but I am glad that I have a second camera with me.  Somehow, I have also forgotten how to quickly shrink the size of the photos on my Mac Book Air, so I may have to resort to the iPad mini.

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is a historic site and national park in Iceland, east of Reykjavík. It’s known for the Alþing (Althing), the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. On the site are the Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault.  We took a walk to see the plates, the church, a small waterfall, and the shelters.

I did get one photo of the rocks along the path.

Rock at Þingvellir National Park

From there we went to the campground.  Dinner was roasted chicken that we purchased from Costco.  We are both pretty exhausted, but we found out that our cooler had stopped running.  I called the company.  They said we had to run the camper for 2 hours with the lights running to recharge the battery so that the cooler would work.  Very, very strange but we followed directions.

The tiny midges around at dinner time were sort of annoying, but not too difficult to handle.  Getting all of our stuff organized to live in this small space is a trip.  I think we may have finally stored things well and we are headed off to bed – yikes it is only 8:00 at night.  The sun is still bright.  The mountains surrounding our campsite are beautiful.  I am thinking that we will likely wake up very early.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

7 thoughts on “First Day in Iceland June 12th

  1. so you go all the way to iceland to stand in line at cosco!!!!!! Aren’t dear little icelandic mom and pop shops around? Oh well – delighted to hear you arrived safely – and enjoy the trip.


    • Stocking up at Costco and the Bonus store was much cheaper; was on the way; and I was curious. Prices here are over the top. Haven’t seen Mom and Pop stores yet.


  2. That’s too funny,your along way from home and you are at Costco.Well I guess it’s the best place to buy stuff.Have fun.


  3. If you are using an iPhone, you can go to your photos app and click on albums. Then go to the “bursts” album. Click on whichever one you want to select a photo out of. Then click “select” at the very bottom. It will then let you scroll through all the pics it took when you shot in burst mode. You can keep all of them or pick which one you want. Burst happens when you hold the shutter down without releasing and it takes a rapid succession of pictures. It’s really quite useful if what you are shooting is moving. Then you have several shots from which to choose. Hope this helps!! Found your blog through Walking with Wired and I really enjoy reading about your adventures!!


  4. Hi Nancy! I really enjoy your posts/blog very much. We’ve known each other for oh so many years, and you really have not changed one single bit in all that time – busy, involved, and either just getting back from somewhere, or getting ready to leave. Great life! Take care and safe travels to you!


  5. Happy Birthday!!


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