Tag Archives: Iceland

The Bedroom

Doreen Gunkel

This is a continuation of last week’s look at the hostel we stayed in.

There will be one more post on the hostel. It will be posted next week and then we will move on to the outside. This place was so fabulous that I am excited to share it ALL with you!

To pick up where I left you last week with a closed bedroom door, I will be showing the bedroom. Please forgive the travelers the mess…. we were a bit tired as we had just arrived and had not put our packing away yet.

The room has a couple of really interesting features. These are why we suspect this may have been a home for a rich family at some time in the past.

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The room was furnished with an armoire and a desk.

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Reykjavik House

Doreen Gunkel

We have now arrived in Reykjavik Iceland.  Our housing arrangements for this leg were as interesting to us as the location of our visit.

In this travel blog series we will be exploring the place we stayed at a bit at a time, and I will be telling you about the location of our home away from home.

It seems that this location was possibly a manor house at sometime in the past. There were architectural features that did not seem to fit any other form of structure in our minds.

This house was located close to the government center of town. A nice traditional square was located across the street as well as a large eating area with restaurants that represented a different country. While we were there, we ate in America, France, England, and Spain.

About 100 yrds from the first square was a more modern designed square where people gathered for performances.  Kids used it for skateboarding and bicycling. The interesting thing about the kids there is that they were very respectful and non destructive. The refreshing look at another country’s youth was warming.

A few blocks up from our place, there was a most amazing museum. During building construction of a couple of modern buildings, one of the original settlement buildings (a longhouse) was discovered. The foundations of the new buildings were supported so that an archaeological excavation could be completed and a museum built before the new buildings were finished. 

If you turn left after coming out of the museum, you will see a glass plate in the sidewalk. Walking over and looking down, you will see the long house from above.  

So now to look at the first pictures of the house.

Looking into the entryway.

Looking into the entryway.

This is the entryway into the house. The door goes out directly onto the street. Across the street is a four star restaurant that specializes in Icelandic dishes.

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The beginning of the journey

Doreen Gunkel

Here is the story of the first 24 hours of the Journey…

Mini-me, packed for the journey to Iceland

Packed for Iceland

Mini Me had arguably the worst seat for the eight hourish plane ride on Icelandair with about a three hour airport wait prior to the departure. Her seat was only slightly more cramped than ours as we rode cattle car, middle and window seat. No way to stretch…

After the arrival, customs, and trying to figure out the Flybus that would get us on the next leg of our journey, she got the chance to stretch her legs and take stock in the surroundings. Continue reading

Back from the North Atlantic.

Greenland Gown Project

Hi!

I have made the journey to the far reaches of the North Atlantic and have arrived home safe and sound!

Much time was spent in museums and native food places. We tried anything we could find that was local cuisine. If anyone is interested in what we ate, please contact me at the below included address.
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Museum Visits during the trip

Greenland Gown Project

Museum Visits

Museum SIgnAs the rush slows down, and all of the pieces finally start falling into place, I am finally able to start pulling together the information I have been gathering as part of the process to take this research trip. 

Here is a list of some of  the Museum visits we have planned while we visit Greenland, Iceland, and Norway:

 

 

  • The National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavic, Iceland.The tools used to process the wool and make the fabric as well as the culture that led to the use of the fabric as currency.
  • The Abaer Open Air Museum, Reykjavic. A recreation of a typical Icelandic village and farm from the early period of the country. This is an open air museum consisting of 20 buildings. Entry is encouraged into all of the buildings to get a feel for life at that time.
  • The Viking Ship Museum, Located at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway., it is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo, and houses archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg and the Borre mound cemetery.

This is just what is currently planned as I try to work out an itinerary for a trip to someplace 3,500 miles away from home! I am sure we will be hitting other museums and archives as we find them. I know that Greenland has an awesome archive, and that in Reykjavic Iceland there is a wonderful manuscript museum. I am seriously contemplating a journey through those as well.

So, we are now counting down to the day of departure. We are fifteen days out and the excitement is building as the packing and list checking begins in earnest.

Thank you all for joining me on this journey.

 

Post#1) Research Trip Planning

Greenland Gown Project

Update on the planning progress.

Passports are an important part of the planning!

  1. Fill out the passport applications.
  2. Get passport photos.
  3. Send the passport applications to the State Department.
  4. Planning the trip… a. Looking for plane tickets. b. Contacting the curator and conservators at the National Museum of Denmark.

 

 

As you can see, We are creeping towards the goal of planning a boots on the ground research in Scandinavia.

If there is anything that you all would like me to find out specifically, please leave a comment in the reply section for this post.

Be Well,

D