Frolicking in the Faroes

And now, we’re saving one of the best ports for the last. I’ve taken you through the cobblestone streets of Copenhagen, up the Geirangerfjord in Norway, up and around the grassy hills in the Shetland Islands, into the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle in Iceland, and finally, we’ve come here. Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. The last post in a travel series is always bittersweet but I promise these pictures and memories will bring smiles to your faces. It’s a tough feat to hate the Faroes (even with their funky weather). Torshavn was so pleasantly surprising. The views were so beautiful and it’s exactly the kind of view I wanted to see this entire trip. It served as the perfect last port of call to this European Getaway because the Faroe Islands really are the perfect getaway from a busy life. Life in the Faroes seems so peaceful and…

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Touring the Icelandic Golden Circle

It was so nice to wake up and find ourselves still in Reykjavik, and still in this beautiful foreign city I was lucky enough to call my temporary home (for two days at least). I absolutely love it when a cruise ship docks overnight, especially when the port of choice is one that I’m head over heels for. Today was going to be a long, long day. It wouldn’t be like our first day – no pampering and relaxation at a spa. No, today was all about sightseeing. We were headed to Iceland’s renowned Golden Circle for a full-day excursion with the ship. Today was about exploring, adventuring, admiring, and photographing. The Golden Circle is a very popular tourist route in southern Iceland and it covers about 300 kilometres of distance. It loops from Reykjavik into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. The Golden Circle is the area that…

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Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

If you thought Akureyri was exciting, you’re in for a real treat with all the travels in and around Reykjavik. Reykjavik is the gem of Iceland. It is stunning in all aspects. So absolutely stunning. It is what I pictured it to be – green lush landscapes, waterfalls and streams, mountain roads that stretch on forever, rocks and springs. Our ship docked at the port at around 3 in the afternoon. The boat was going to be docked overnight, too, so we had another full day ahead of us in Reykjavik. So first, we did what we always did: walk around the city centre. We weren’t booked on any excursions for Day 1 so everything was pretty relaxed. We called the shots and we went where we wanted to go. Right when we got off the ship, we boarded a shuttle bus that would drop us off right in front…

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With the Whales in Akureyri

Iceland, we’ve finally arrived. We made it. The moment we arrived in Akureyri, our first scheduled port in Iceland, I was overcome with such joy and excitement. As many of you may remember, Iceland has been a destination that I’ve included on every single wanderlust list that I’ve made since this blog started up. I’ve never experienced such serious wanderlust as I have for Iceland. I never could put my finger on what kept compelling me to go. Maybe it’s the movies, maybe it’s the travel blogs and the repeated stories of the holy Viking land. Maybe it’s those stunning photographs of the Blue Lagoon, the waterfalls, and the mountain rock. I think why I’ve been drawn to Iceland this whole time is because it’s different from everything else. It’s not your typical European city with bustling local streets, street vendors, and your ancient cathedrals and monuments. It’s full of…

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Summer Days in Lerwick

And now onto Lerwick, the capital city of the Shetland Islands. These islands legally belong to Scotland, but they actually bear more resemblance to Norway and the Norwegian culture. The islands are only about 566 square miles large, and the population reached a total of 23,210 back in 2012. Lerwick and the Shetland Islands, in general, are notorious for bad weather. All they get is rain, wind and any of the other terrible natural elements. According to the locals, they only get about 3 or 4 sunny, temperate days a year. We got one of them. Yes, I still can’t believe it either, considering our luck with the Northern European weather so far (I still have a couple nightmares of weather from our Norway trip last year). What’s even more surprising is that we had the best weather in Lerwick out of all the ports. The weather was absolute perfection that…

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