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    MN, USA
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    staying fit, healthy eating, Zumba (fitness dancing), travel, reading, hiking
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    NCL, Viking

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  1. We used articadventures.com for a couple of tours, one group (which turned out to be only 4 of us) and one private (for 6 of us). I see that they have a volcano tour but it is a group tour, not a private tour and it says 8 hours. In my experience they were very accommodating. They also do business as Wild Westfjords. Here's the link to the volcano tour. You'll have to check for your date. https://adventures.is/iceland/day-tours/hiking/active-volcano-hike/
  2. We downloaded the Hreyfill app and just ordered it in the morning. We weren't sure if there would be taxis waiting - one of the Viking staff said there would be the night before, but in the morning the staff said no, there were no taxis just waiting (like at FL ports) but said that they could call one for us. The app was easy. This is the website. https://www.hreyfill.is/en/ We used Grey line to the port from the airport and from our hotel to the airport. Worked well and was about $110 for 2 of us round trip. We used the taxi from the port to the bus station to get our rental car,
  3. We got a taxi from the port to downtown Reykjavik on disembarkation day $22. We were picking up a rental car at the bus terminal.
  4. A glimpse... does not give you the same feel as being there though. You can get many different angles, and the lava is awesome up close. This is from our walk back to parking.
  5. We used this artcle for info. https://classiciceland.com/how-to-see-fagradalsfjall-active-volcano-in-iceland-preperation-direction-and-tips/ Note that as with some other attractions, you use an app to pay for parking.
  6. We are on our last day in Reykjavik and decided to drive out to Grindavik today. It was overcast. Large and low cloud cover. We hiked for about 45 minutes about 30 minutes mostly up, and at the 45 min point we were in the white clouds, and had been for 25 min and were probably going to be in them for another hour. We decided to turn back and just go down to view the cooled lava flow. For the red hot lava and possible crater viewing, the trail goes up and down and apparently up and down again before you see the red hot lava flow (about 2 hours of pretty strenuous hiking), but from fairly n
  7. We are red wine drinkers, and the California menu comes with all white wine pairings, which is unusual in my experience. We had all of the white tastings, but asked for a glass of the red of the day, which was a Cabernet, at the end of the meal for a take-away glass. Then we went to pack 😞 The wine helped. LOL
  8. We had a positive case on Jupiter July 13 sailing. We missed one port (Akureyri) after a mis-communication with the Icelandic autorities. We were able to go ashore for all the rest of the ports on our own. I think that the original Sky sailing that had the positive case never were allowed off the ship until they got to Reykjavik but not right away in Reykjavik either. We, being the second sailing with a positive case, probably benefitted from all of the negociations and protocol checking that the Sky went through. We were about 3 days behind them.
  9. We also tried the Whale Center on the july.13 Jupiter sailing... locked up. I enjoyed the walking tours in both Seydisfjordur and Heimaey. Our Heimaey guide lived through the volcanic eruption so has so.e first hand accounts. That was neat to hear about from a child's perspective (he was 7, I think). Our guide in Seydisfjordur looked like a Viking (in my opinion), and was an interesting guide.
  10. There was a lot of trouble with the app on july 13 jupiter. My android version worked but DH iphone never did. We do a daily 4 question health survey and they like ypu to use the app, but we used the paper copy most days. You can check menus and the day, but honestly, I rarely used it... never had our reservations listed correctly.
  11. After a long day driving the Golden Circle, just got to our room at the Hilton Nordica... I can see the beautiful Jupiter from our window full of new passengers ready for adventure! 🤗 Have a fun cruise!
  12. On Jupiter, we carried the trackers in pur pockets or bags the entire time. Not visible; not a problem. I thought that I was bringing too mny warm clothes... ah nope. I ended up buying a souvenier Icewear jacket and extra fleece. I had shorts and short sleeves that did not get worn. The pessimistic forecast turned out to be spot on. For dinner every night I wore black leggings and a black (nice) heavy jersey jacket, with black low sandals. Just switched out the tops every night. I was comfortable, not cold or too warm.
  13. No, not getting any reimbursement for Akureyri.
  14. They want it before you leave the ship so if the ship docks early, they come knocking. Ours were very insistent so we started having them ready for pickup by 8am. She wanted our paper health survey even if we did the app version... there was a LOT of trouble with the app. DH can't get the app to stay up on his iphone for more than a second before it crashes. I can use the app to do the form on my android phone. DH has done it using the room TV, but we still fill out the paper form. It's only 4 questions about how your feel and any new symptoms, so easy either way. They prefer electronic
  15. Several of us got tested before we left so we would at least have a reasonable expectation of being negative when we boarded the ship. Peace of mind. Probably now need to do it, but still, you would rather know when at home instead of finding out in Iceland, right?!
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