WinWin Vacations Newsletter Spring 2010
I had a chance to tell you about my wonderful trip
to Iceland over Easter weekend, seems all h..ll
broke loose over there with another more powerful
volcano Eyjafjallajökull, erupting, causing havoc
with the air traffic across the Atlantic and
Northern Europe for the past 4 days. There's no
telling how much longer it continue. What a royal
Fimmvörduháls eruption was a nice friendly,
touristy eruption. It came in a completely
unexpected but remote place that was accessible via
4x4 vehicles. The lava was beautiful and
picturesque! Even though we had to brave the bitter
cold for hours, it was still accessible. It caused
almost no harm, unless you hiked up there unprepared
as some locals did. As my guide said: "we have
our own idiots here".
had wonderful weather, clear and sunny skies every
day. We saw the Northern Lights every night, even in
Reykjavik as we walked back from our restaurant to
the hotel on our last evening. The pictures above
and below of the Aurora Borealis are taken right
under the street lights of the city!!!
Volcanos, Geysirs, Hot Springs, Waterfalls & Glaciers -
This is Iceland
Land of Contrasts: Fire and Ice, Waterfalls and
Rainbows, Evil Lava and Delicate Moss, Violent
Eruptions and Jagged Lava Flows, Smooth Glaciers and
Deep Crevasses, Gentle Rivers and Raging Big Rapids,
Fissures and Lagoons opening up inside your house!
Mid-Atlantic Rift, NO TREES! Icelandic horses,
Iceland Lobsters - the best I ever tasted -
small, soft, sweet and delicious!!! Hmmm GOOD!!
In the Blue Lagoon with Silica Mud
Drive up Volcano
weather forecast was perfect and we managed to book
a first-ever tour with the owner of Iceland Rovers
to see the new eruption at col
Fimmvörduháls. This tour is set up to witness the then
current eruption between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull
glaciers. We set out from Reykjavik on a bus
transfer with Reykjavik Excursions to Fljótshlíd,
at bottom of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier just east
of the eruption. At the bottom of the Ice Cap, our
specially equipped Land Rover with 44" wheels
was waiting to take us over the glacier to the
active Eyjafjallajökull volcano (that is now
erupting under the glacier).
LandRover is a glacier-mobile like no other I've
ever seen, the envy of all my boys including my
there we headed up to higher grounds as we started
our ascent in the Land Rover up onto this fourth
largest glacier in Iceland. Our tire air pressure is
now down to 3 pounds. We then turned northwest and
drive across the Mýrdalsjökull Ice Cap (hiding
Katla deep inside) to the site of the eruption.
Arriving in time for the late afternoon light, we
were be able to enjoy the view of the erupting
volcano shooting hot lava up high in the air,
throwing flaming lava fountains, melting steam from
the glacier forming magnificent clouds and the hot,
glowing and crackling lava flow as it slowly crawled
forwards along the ice. It was a most perfect day.
We could hear the volcano take a deep breath, exhale
loudly, then crackle and pop
The scenery driving across Mýrdalsjökull
Glacier to view the erupting volcano at Fimmvörduháls. Eyjafjallajokull's
much larger sister Katla, is hiding deep under this
ice cap. The three eruptions of
Eyjafjallajokull on record were each associated
with a subsequent eruption of Katla. There are no
signs of turbulence beneath Katla at the moment but,
since she last erupted in 1918, she is overdue. Katla
tends to erupts every 40-80 years. Should
she blast off, it would cause disruption on a
far larger scale then we're seeing now. VERY SCARY!!!!
more pictures and Tom's videos, click on the links
below at the bottom of this newsletter.
Geysirs, Hekla and the Mid-Atlantic
also made 2 different sight-seeing tours around
Iceland. This truly is a land of contrasts. So much
to see. Please, call me to book your tour or
stop-over on the way to your final destination.
Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs right through Iceland ....
above ground! Here you can walk between the
Euro-Asian and the North American plates that are
drifting apart at a speed of 2 cm per year.
This is Hekla, the entrance to hell according to the
is the Iceland Volcano's ash distrupting air
no end in sight, that Eyjafjallajökull will
calm down anytime soon, all we can do is hope that
the winds will change. The volcanic ash that can
stop jet engines cold, is not detected or displayed
on cockpit radars because of the small size of the
ash particles and low reflectivity. And it can be
obscured by weather clouds, according to The
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This is a natural disaster with unprecedented
consequences for European air transportation.
average, 15 major explosive eruptions - those
powerful enough to inject ash above 25,000 feet -
occur each year. Ash plumes from a major eruption
can affect aircraft thousands of miles downwind. For
example, when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980, the
plume reached an altitude of 90,000 feet in 30
minutes and was 50 miles wide.
ash is one of the most dangerous conditions that can
be encountered in the air by aircraft. Airborne ash
can diminish visibility, damage flight control
systems, and cause jet engines to fail. A fact sheet
published by the Air Line Pilots Association details
of volcanic eruptions and their effects on aircraft in flight.
meteorological agency said that the eruption of
Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano was continuing as
of early Sunday morning "and possibly
intensifying," with the ash plume rising to
30,000 feet. The cloud had extended as far south as
Spain overnight, prompting the closure of airspace
in the northern part of that country, according to
Jonathan Scott & Phil Berry Safari at Mfuwe Lodge
in South Luangwa plus pre and post safaris are still
I still have space for one couple and one single
lady willing to share on the Main Event from
November 3-10 at the Mfuwe Lodge.
Space is also available for both of the exclusive pre-event
safaris with Jonathan Scott and the not to be
forgotten legendary post event with Phil Berry and
Babette. How can you not go on this one-of -a kind
safari!!! I will be escorting all three, but your
guides are ... well ..... legendary.
For more information click on the headline link
above or contact me at Kristina.Trowbridge@gmail.com
time for my annual learning pilgrimage to Africa. I'm
gone from April 28 - May 26. One of the most
important Africa conferences, Indaba is held in
Durban every May. It's Africa's largest travel
trade show. They call it Indaba, which means
gathering. It showcases the widest
variety of Southern Africa's best tourism products
and attracts international visitors and media from
across the world. INDABA is owned by South African
Tourism and organized by Kagiso Exhibitions and
have a very busy schedule making trips to the Great
Limpopo Transfrontier Park inside Mozambique and to
the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the South
Africa, Botswana and Namibia border, both before the
conference. After the conference I will visit
Footsteps in Africa camps in Botswana. That is:
IF Eyjafjallajokull allows
me to fly and IF
the BA flight crew doesn't go on strike!
Nothing was accomplished with the last 2 strikes in
March. Maybe I need to implement Plan B now?
phone: 206-297-7179 or toll-free 877-297-7179