Summer Holiday 2015
Will be adding next steps as soon as I arrive :-). Scroll down to see the updates. Latest additions will be at the bottom of the page.
- 06-06-2015: added some info on Iceland and several great Icelandic videos.
- 07-06-2015: planning a flight (http://www.aviationacademy.is/)over parts of Iceland.
Day 1 - day 4 Iceland
Day 4 - day 14 Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and back to Nova Scotia.
Below is just the starting point and info on the places where I will stay.
Iceland is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. It has a population of 329,100 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, while many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.According to Landnámabók, the settlement of Iceland began in 874 CE when the Norwegian chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson became the first permanent settler on the island. In the following centuries, Scandinavians settled Iceland, bringing with them thralls of Gaelic origin. From 1262 to 1918, Iceland was ruled by Norway and later Denmark. The country became independent in 1918 and a republic in 1944.Until the 20th century, Iceland relied largely on fishing and agriculture. Industrialisation of the fisheries and Marshall Plan aid following World War II brought prosperity and Iceland became one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the world. In 1994, Iceland became party to the European Economic Area, which supported diversification into economic and financial services.Affected by the ongoing worldwide financial crisis, the nation's entire banking system systemically failed in October 2008, leading to a severe depression, substantial political unrest, the Icesave dispute, and the institution of capital controls. The economy has since made a significant recovery, in large part due to a surge in tourism.Except for the capital controls, Iceland generally has a free-market economy with relatively low taxes compared to other OECD countries. It maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens. Iceland ranks highly in economic, political and social stability and equality. In 2013, it was ranked as the 13th most-developed country in the world by the United Nations' Human Development Index.Icelandic culture is founded upon the nation's Scandinavian heritage. Most Icelanders are descendants of Germanic and Gaelic (Celtic) settlers. Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is descended from Old Norse and is closely related to Faroese and West Norwegian dialects. The country's cultural heritage includes traditional Icelandic cuisine, Icelandic literature and medieval sagas. Iceland has the smallest population of any NATO member and is the only one with no standing army, its lightly armed coast guard being in charge of defence.
Will arrive late at Halifax airport, so I chose a B&B not far away, Meander B&B in Windsor, Nova Scotia.
New Brunswick (NB), Canada
Below is the first accommodation in New Brunswick, the Rossmount Inn in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. I have staid there before and the rooms, and especially the food are excellent.
The Maritime provinces, also called the Maritimes or the Canadian Maritimes, is a region of Eastern Canada consisting of three provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. On the Atlantic coast, the Maritimes is often mentioned in conjunction with the northeastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador; together they represent Atlantic Canada. The population of the Maritime provinces was 1,813,102 in 2011.
The Maritimes front the Atlantic Ocean and its various sub-basins such as the Gulf of Maine and Gulf of St. Lawrence systems. The region is located northeast of New England, southeast of Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula, and southwest of the island of Newfoundland.
There was talk of a Maritime Union of the three provinces to have greater political power; however, the first discussions on the subject in 1864 at the Charlottetown Conference led to the process of Canadian Confederation which formed the larger Dominion of Canada instead.
The Maritimes are home to Mi'kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy people and have an extensive history of French and British settlement dating back to the seventeenth century, forming a unique culture that predates Canada.
At Mariner's Reach the owners have maintained the integrity of the original land grants for 12 Grantees from New England in the 1700s. Among those whose names are still seen on some of the old hand-drawn maps are Joshua Knight, Nimrod Woodward, Thomas Buckley, Caleb Paul, Jesse Lawrence, William Holmes and John Harris. Many descendants of these original settlers still live and work in the area and some street names such as Quaker Lane reflect their origins.
I have been invited to eat (a lot of) Lobster at Mariner's Reach, so below image and videos are needed to fully appreciate :-).
Back to Nova Scotia
Will take the ferry named the "Princess of Acadia" I also took that last time) from St. John in New Brunswick to Digby in Nova Scotia.
The Carriage House
My accommodation in Nova Scotia is in Feltzen South at the Carriage House. It is close the Lunenburg and Kingsburg, which I think is the best area I have seen in Nova Scotia.