2015 trip to Iceland and Canada

The bold and the beautiful

The schedule
Day 1: Amsterdam, NL - Reykjavic, Iceland
Day 2: Iceland
Day 3: Iceland
Day 4: Iceland - Canada (Halifax / Windsor, NS)
Day 5: Windsor. NS - Beaver Harbour, NB - St. Andrews, NB
Day 6: St. Andrews, NB
Day 7: Beaver Harbour, NB (Mariner's Reach)
Day 8: Beaver Harbour, NB - St. John, NB - Ferry - Digby, NS - Feltzen South - NS
Day 9: Feltzen South - NS
Day 10: Feltzen South - NS
Day 11: Feltzen South - NS
Day 12: Feltzen South - NS
Day 13: Feltzen South - NS
Day 14: Feltzen South - NS - Halifax, NS - Reykjavic, Iceland - Amsterdam, NL

Yep, almost starting. My trip to Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. With a stop-over in Iceland where I will stay for 3 days.
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.
Below is just the starting point and info and some generic videoson the places where I will stay.
Guesthouse Stekkaból is my accommodation at Iceland. You can read the Review Guesthouse Stekkaból, that will be OK.
About Iceland

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.[14] 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.
Next is Maritime Canada

Will arrive late at Halifax airport, so I chose a B&B not far away, Meander B&B in Windsor, Nova Scotia.
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.

New Brunswick, NB, Canada

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.
Mariner's Reach

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.

Lobster party

I have been invited to eat (a lot of) Lobster at Mariner's Reach, so these videos are needed to fully appreciate :-).
Well finally it started, my visit to Iceland and Canada.
Check-in took ages, but luckely the new scanning procedure was working fine and that part took only minutes. Sitting next to 2 Americans from Washignton DC, who just staid in Amsterdam for a whole week. I asked what was the best part? "The atmosphere" they answered and I can understand that, as there is no place like Amsterdam :-).
Althouhg I have been in (at?) Iceland I did not drive last time, so that is a first. But it so easy, most people drive slow. Well you have to, max 90 Km on the highway. You can understand the > 500 Km I had to drive took some time. I arrived in the guesthouse at 22.00.
The drive itself had a wow factor from almost start to the finish. Most of it is along the coast and over very steep mountains with up to 20% climbing. If you have to do that at a gravel road you have to be carfeull as gravelsurfing, especially in the corner is not that good. I think I drove on gravel for almost 60 Km, that is slowing you down seriously as it was not only the smaller gravel but also unfinished roads with rather big stones. During the last 100 Km I think I only saw one other car and just a few houses. Yes it is quiet here in the West Fjords.
The guest house is not very special. Room is ok, shared bathroom, you see that a lot here. 2 Canadians were in the main house when I arrived, they are from Quebec and we already had a lively discussion on where I was going. I think I know NS and maybe also NB better :-).
The town I am in is a fishing village and also partly occupied by tourist, let's see tomorrow as it was rather quiet going out. And cold .... 2C .... I ended up in the near by coffee cafe for a beer and a snack, tomorrow catch of the day.
On the road I did not take a lot of pictures as I could have done so every other minute as the scenery and the roadys are breathtaking. To end today just some of what I have seen. Tomorrow it will start for real :-).
14 June 2015 - Day 2 :

What a day it was, the perfect weather and the perfect tour to go with.
I arrived at Wesfjords Adventures and heard I was the only passenger. At first I thought that is not so nice, but after a few minutes and getting the personal though.... Nah it is ok like this.
Actually I have had one of the best excursion in ages, maybe in my intire life ... yes it was that special, made possible by Einar.
Einar having an MBA and helping out companies in the region, getting more involved with locals and especially with Westfjords Adventures and now parttime a guide. Thanks Einar for presenting me with a perfect day out at Látrabjarg and surroundings, a heaven for nature, scenery and birds lovers.
Small pictures will not do any justce. So just click on and see the pictures in full format.