In three weeks, my next stop is Iceland, that is located at the far north of this world. Between Sydney, my hometown, and Reykjavik, the Iceland capital city, the distance is roughly 16605.20 km or 10318.28 miles; the bearing is NW.  The population is about 319,000 on a land of 103,000 sq. km.

Little has been known to me previously about Iceland. Yes everyone should have heard about its economy. It was a thought came out of all of sudden when we started planning a cruise. Why a cruise you may ask?  It is a voyage with endless supply of food and comfy accommodation, and probably doing nothing except close encounter with the glaciers and seeing iceberg floating around. It is a dream for the age and retirees. I remember some of Alaska cruises offered very competitive last minute discounts last year…

At the end Iceland is our chosen destination, because it is a big island of extremes: fire and ice: volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, coasts and the midnight sun. We are only seasonal travellers and it is important to find a place where we see the most. The joy of travel is to move, from one place to another. The beauty of travel is the journey, not the sad moment when you return home. Memories may fade, so the best way to keep it fresh is to by means of recording: images, videos and words. Moreover, don’t forget the power of the social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.  They are powerful enough to carry your message around the globe.

If you have a camera GPS embedded, you can geotag your images and show your readers or friends with references to the locations on the map. This is mostly found on many compact cameras.  For the case of on some of the common DSLRs, you may have to connect a module . If you have the Canon 6D, that is already built-in.

The other alternative to keep track of everything is to create a map on your Google Map and make it available to all friends. The steps are simple, according to the tips on the site:

  1. Logon to Google Map
  2. Click My Places at the top left panel.
  3. Click Create Map

Then follow the instructions there.  It is quite a straightforward process. In the past I have created successfully a map showing our travel in Great Britain. It was working just like a GPS device showing the route from where to where. I have started something similar and will complete very soon.  Here is what I have done so far this time:

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It is just a beginning and you will find some more information on this map later. But I am not sure if I have the luck of finding all the places on the Google Map.

For travel tips, there are many online resources, one of them is obviously from the . I am now reading A Girl’s Ride in Iceland by Mrs.(Ethel) Alec-Tweedie, Second Edition 1894, a free ebook downloaded from Amazon. I have little idea of what this book is about.  But you can imagine there must be some interesting facts in the late 19th century discovered by this lady. The reviews of this book are all positive.

Featured image: The daisy flowers. Summicron-M 50 mm, ISO160, f/5.7, 1/90 sec
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