Sunrise at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Sunrise at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

On day 4 of my wonderfully packed visit to Iceland for Canopy by Hilton, we took a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa then ate lunch at their terrific restaurant before finally heading to the nearby airport. The perfect way to say farewell to this place. The spa is an oasis of modern luxury sitting alone in stark fields of black lava rock. The lagoon pool itself has a soft floor of what I assume is pulverized rock, and the water is sky blue. When we were there, the air was a hair above freezing; so clouds of steamy fog rose from the water and swirled in the breeze. Breathtakingly beautiful...  

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Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 2 of 2)

Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 2 of 2)

The weather was gorgeously sunny, but biting, biting cold. Once we got all bundled up in our snowsuits, we hopped on our ATVs and rode off through horse pastures to wild, rugged country around Þrihyrningr, Three-Horn Mountain. The stark, desolate beauty of the volcanic landscape reminded me of my childhood in Idaho. But it was also otherworldly. I felt civilization was a million miles away and we were on a new planet. And I remembered, not too surprisingly, that Ridley Scott filmed his gorgeous mess Prometheus in Iceland... 

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Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 1 of 2)

Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 1 of 2)

As part of my trip to Iceland for Canopy by Hilton in November 2016, the Stopover Buddy service from Icelandair took us out of Reykjavík for an incredible adventure riding ATVs around Three Horn Mountain near Lambalækur, Iceland. Unnar Gardarsson of ATV – Óbyggðaferðir was our leader at the site, and I must admit he took us on one of the best trips I can remember as we slid through snow banks, forded icy rivers, admired waterfalls and volcanos, and then ate a wonderful lunch in an eighth-century monk's cave on a cliffside. On the first part of our adventure...

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Opening Celebration for Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre

Opening Celebration for Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre

In November 2016 Canopy by Hilton flew me to Iceland for the grand opening of their very first hotel, the Reykjavík City Centre. Such a great party, for a wonderful hotel, with great food from the Geiri Smart restaurant and Omnom Chocolate. Plus, I had a good "skál" with the mayor...

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Reykjavík: Day Two Tour

Reykjavík: Day Two Tour

On day two of my November 2016 trip to Iceland for Canopy by Hilton, a group of us journalists and influencers got a guided tour of fun stops and shops all around central Reykjavík, including a visit of the Omnom Chocolate factory, posted separately). I learned so much about this delightful city, including vast amounts of knowledge about their cherished skyr cheese...

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Reykjavík: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

Reykjavík: Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center

On the afternoon of the first day in Iceland, we explored the spectacularly honeycombed Harpa concert hall and conference center. A wonderfully audacious building! And inside we went to the Björk Digital virtual reality exhibition, which itself is wonderfully audacious, with Björk pushing the envelope for the music video art form into 360 degrees... 

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Juneau: Norris Glacier Helicopter and Dogsled Tour

Juneau: Norris Glacier Helicopter and Dogsled Tour

Just east of Juneau, Alaska, along Taku Inlet are a series of mighty glaciers. Era Flightseeing took me atop one, the Norris, via helicopter; once there dogsleds took me around the awe-inspiring glacial world. The folks at Era could not have been nicer or more professional; I never felt unsafe, but we still had a blast! I definitely recommend taking a trip with them...

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Pumpkin Patch Instameet, October 2016

Pumpkin Patch Instameet, October 2016

Just before Halloween 2016, the Portland Instagram group had a fun little instameet at Fir Point Farms in Aurora, Oregon. Pumpkins were everywhere of course, but so were goats and bunnies and horses and donkeys... plus games like Cornhole and badminton. We feasted on ice cream, donuts, freshly pressed cider. Probably the most fun though was the corn maze -- so beautiful...

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Venice, Hotel Danieli

Venice, Hotel Danieli

Near my apartment in Venice (where I visited in December 2015) stands a wonderful five-star hotel, the Danieli. Its rooftop restaurant looks out on both the Palazzo Ducalo and San Giorgio Maggiore. Impressive. The whole place has a great vibe of an old Venetian palazzo combined with a modern hotel. Sitting at the bar, sipping my gin & tonic, I felt like I was in a scene from a James Bond film. Turns out they filmed part of Moonraker here...

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