Author Archives: Kathryn Schmahl

Visiting Mammoth Cave: Domes and Dripstones Tour

Last April, while visiting family in Louisville, we decided to take a day trip to Mammoth National Park. Located in central Kentucky, Mammoth National Park was officially established in 1941 and is home to the longest cave system in the … Continue reading

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Naked and Afraid in a Japanese Onsen

Some people are comfortable being naked; I am not one of those people. Locker room changes and communal showers became regulars in my collegiate athletic career, but while my teammates lounged au natural, I quietly changed in the bathroom stall … Continue reading

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Iceland Outside the Guidebooks

On our journey around Iceland’s Ring Road we had many destinations we wanted to stop at along our route. What we didn’t realize was that there would be so many more beautiful sites along our journey around Ring Road. Below are … Continue reading

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Around Iceland’s Ring Road: An 8 Day Itinerary

The Ring Road, or Route 1, is a road that loops around the entire country of Iceland. If you are heading to Iceland and have plenty of time I definitely recommend leaving the capital city of Reykjavik for some of … Continue reading

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11 Tips for Driving Iceland’s Ring Road

Traveling around Iceland is easy by car due to Route 1, otherwise known as the Ring Road. Route 1 circles the entire country (minus the Snaefellsnes Pennisula) and allows visitors to easily see many of the different landscapes and tourist … Continue reading

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Whale Watching in Northern Iceland

During our 8 day trip in Iceland, we knew one thing we had to do was go whale watching! While there are multiple areas in Iceland to take off on a whale watching tour, we chose to embark from Akureyri, the … Continue reading

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Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure in Iceland

Snorkling at the Silfra Fissure at Thingvellir National Park was one of the highlights of our trip around Iceland’s Golden Circle (more about the Golden Circle here!). Fissures are long narrow cracks in stone that are the results of an earthquake … Continue reading

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Around Iceland’s Golden Circle – A Day Trip from Reykjavik

If you don’t have much time in Iceland but still want to see some sights outside of the capital, Iceland’s Golden Circle is the perfect day trip from Reykjavik! The Golden Circle can be visited either by renting a car … Continue reading

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Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa known for its milky waters, is a easily one of the most recognized places in Iceland. We visited the Blue Lagoon to unwind on the last day of our 8 day Iceland adventure. Ordering your tickets online in advance is … Continue reading

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Going on a Glacier Hike in Southern Iceland

One of our Top 10 things to do on Iceland’s Ring Road was a glacier hike at  Sólheimajökull  glacier. The glacier is very accessible off of route one (the Ring Road) in Southern Iceland. Sólheimajökull  glacier is a 14 km long outlet … Continue reading

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