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Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Travel Tuesdays #2: Camping



Camping in the Eastfjords, Iceland
Time to tell the story of my header picture. This is a photo taken on our 2006 grand bicycle tour of Iceland, and in particular this was one spot where we camped in the beautiful Eastfjords.

We took this photo just after we'd pitched the tent. Doesn't it all look calm and peaceful? It was, at this moment, but not long after we'd climbed into our sleeping bags the rain started - and oh boy, did it rain! Our tent leaked, we spent the night trying to keep dry by wrapping our raincoats around our sleeping bags... for anyone planning a camping trip in a 20-year-old tent, I do strongly recommend checking that it's waterproof before setting out!

In the morning we cycled round the corner - still in heavy rain - and discovered the best hostel we've ever stayed in, where we then spent the next day drying ourselves and our kit. The funny thing is, even if we'd known it was there we'd probably still have chosen to camp - given the stunning beauty of the spot, and how deceptively clear the sky looked when we settled down to sleep.

20 comments:

Debbie said...

It is stunningly beautiful. Sounds like a great trip.

Domestic Executive said...

That's a wonderful spot but I think I would have packed up in the night and headed to the hostel. Call me a wimp but I'm just too old for being cold, wet and miserably tired. What a crank eh!

Csquaredplus3 said...

The rain sounds miserable, but the setting is gorgeous. I don't detect one single rain cloud in the photo. You must have had a rude awakening. There goes the romance!

Beautiful photo and fun story.

Emmie said...

it looks beutiful! I am not surprised you chose this spot to camp in! Shame about the weather though! x

Kazzy said...

Weird... I had to click on the date of Debbie's comment to be able to post. The POST A COMMENT wasn't linking. Just FYI...

Anyway, I love this photo. I like the way the tent is off-center. I like the craggy mountains in the background. What is the best place you have traveled to thus far?

ps...I posted the ant photos since a couple of you asked for them!

mo.stoneskin said...

I thought 20-year-old tents were illegal.

Jeanne said...

Reminds me a bit of the trip Bill and I took to the Grand Tetons (near Yellowstone). It was the first time we'd camped, and he knew I had 2 sleeping bags that zipped together from my first marriage. What he didn't know was that they were 20 years old and the zippers were shot. It got down to 26 Farenheit (below zero Celsius) and every time one of us moved, icy fingers of air would crawl between bags. We got up as soon as it was daylight and built a fire. It's the coldest I ever remember being....

Rachel Cotterill said...

Debbie - it was amazing, though hard work!

Domestic Executive - the thing is, if you're in the middle of nowhere in Iceland, you really are in the middle of nowhere. A lot of the time we had no idea if there would be tourist accommodation within 50 miles...

Chris - it's still romantic, you have to get even closer to stay in the half of the tent that doesn't have an inch of water in it ;)

Emmie - I think this was the most spectacular spot where we camped - but there was a lot of tough competition for that title.

Kazzy - hmm, don't know about the link, this stuff was coded by Blogger not me! Will see if it's working now. And, favourite place? Tough one, but for sheer variety I probably rank Iceland as my favourite country so far.

Mo - they should be!! :)

Jeanne - that sounds like another amazing place to camp. Yep, our sleeping bags zip together, too :)

Lynda said...

What a gorgeous spot ! Lucky you has already set your camp up before the rain came bucketing down ;)

Vodka Mom said...

That is an incredible, incredible shot!! Holy cow!!

Fragrant Liar said...

What a beautiful photo. Makes me think I might want to brave the cold and rain for a first-hand look.

ladyfi said...

Oh, I am just longing to visit Iceland! Love the photo, and that little hostel is just charming...

Robin said...

Oooh. Gorgeous! Wish I could travel there.
Great shot!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I've been to Iceland. But we went in March so camping was out of the question. Beautiful scenery - but COLD!!!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Lynda - yes, there were plenty of other days when we pitched our tent in the rain.

Vodka Mom - thank you!

Fragrant Liar - I have it on good authority that we picked a particularly bad year, it's usually pretty mild in summer.

Ladyfi - I'd certainly recommend it to anyone, we're planning to go back this year.

Robin - what's stopping you?

Rachel Cotterill said...

Kate - no, I wouldn't fancy camping there (or here!) in March.

The Panic Room said...

I have never wanted to camp before until I read this. Even with the rain and the leaky tent that would be amazing to camp in that scenery.

Marko said...

Nice photo!
I guess I would have done the same. A potential camping spot like that is just too nice to skip.
A friend of mine had quite a few similar stories to share from his three-week-cycling-camping-trip around Iceland. It was summer but both him and his girlfriend were getting soaked day after day.
I guess when cycling around Iceland, one must expect quick weather changes and when it happens on the road in the middle of nowhere you just can't do a thing about it. You just continue pushing the pedals. All wet of course.

Iceland is definitely on my list of places to visit some day.

Catherine said...

Hi Rachel, I visited your blog from Lynda in Tanzania's one - found it very interesting and enjoyed the travel section a lot - I will add you as a follower and please feel free to do likewise with my blog if you visit it. I think there is a link as you have visited Cuba and Siberia and our friend Dervla Murphy has written extensively on both those countries among others. Her latest book is The Island that Dared about Cuba. Also my husband visited Iceland last feb. for a conference and loved it. I haven't been (yet). I have lived and travelled a lot in Asia and Africa. My blog is only a month or so old, so I am still learning as i go. It's a mix of recipes, reflections and some very amateur photographs. Nice to see you. Good luck with your writing, I did some classes over a few summer schools, good fun.

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