Written by the Warrior

 

Iceland has been on my bucket list for as long as I could remember.

The name conjures up images of geothermal fields and jagged volcanic peaks. But on the list it remained for many years, even though distance wise, it is a lot closer than Western Europe. This was because for years, travelling to Iceland from Canada, required a transfer from Europe. So every time I looked, the flight cost was close to $5000 a person.

This all changed when a little purple discount airline entered the game in May 2016, offering direct flights from Montreal and Toronto to Reykjavík at ultra low prices. At our rate of $275 per person each way, all of a sudden, it was cheaper to fly to Iceland than to Alberta.

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While they do their best to provide friendly and helpful service, even going as far as to write cute messages to us.

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Make no mistake, this is discount travel. The seating is cramped, nothing is included, and being a discount airline, they are not priorities at any airport – not even in their own country! We flew into and out of Iceland at fairly weird hours, and both in bound and out bound flights were delayed for hours.

Having said that, I was still grateful that this airline exists at all, as the five and a half hours of horribly uncomfortable flight gave us the opportunity to visit an amazing country.

Once I secured our flights, I knew that a must see for us in Iceland is puffins.

Puffins are the most beloved bird in our house hold. Because, seriously, how cute are they!

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It’s also on our favourite cereal and on our favourite hat.

Unaos to Stapavik Hike, East Iceland

I am as clumsy as one, and at least one of us looks like one.

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You can go on a puffin watching tour in many parts of Iceland, but for me, why would I pay, when I can see them for free at Borgarfjörður Eystri?

Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland

Borgarfjörður Eystri is located about 95 km north of Seydisfjordur, our base in East Iceland, along the Eastern coast. The road travelled, is not for the faint of heart, especially in poor weather, but it is 100% spectacular.

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The viewing area is about 5 km, north of town. A short walk along the small boat harbour from the car park…

Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland

Took us to the viewing platforms constructed over rocky outcrops on the edge of the bay, where you can get up close and personal with hundreds of the world’s cutest and clumsiest birds.

Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland

The hiking in the area is also spectacular. This is part of the trail between Unaos farm and Stapavik.

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We didn’t get to Stapavik, not even close. But I think that these guys, who were decades more advanced in age, and who started 1 hour later than us, must have gotten there. They were way faster anyhow.

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I normally lose weight when I travel. However on this trip, I ended up gaining 5 pounds. The mystery of why that happened was solved, when That Guy pointed out the fact that we moved, seriously at glacial pace the entire trip.

While we never covered much ground anywhere in Iceland, we had a ton of fun getting up close and personal with everything in Iceland.

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