Stykkisolmur – The Walter Mitty Town was a must visit place during our self drive Icelandic Trip. And the reason of putting the place in the list was due to the fact like many others I had also fallen in love with the place while I watched the movie. And then I started reading more about the place and got to know it’s importance in Iceland and in the tourism. How this smallest town of Iceland got the title of European destination of Excellence.
This beautiful town is located in the northern part of the Snaefellsness peninsula. You can combine it with your drive to south west part of the Iceland.
We visited this place during the winters and it was so deserted and yet so idyllic and peaceful. I am not sure whether I was in the love with the seashore, empty roads, colourful houses, still boats or I was just Happy to be here.
There are many reasons for visiting this beautiful town like the conservation of cultural heritage & history as well as its environmental awareness.
The town was also the first municipality in Iceland to start fully sorting its waste as well as the first town in Iceland to receive the prestigious Blue flag eco-label for its harbour.
The hot water used in Stykkisholmur is completely sustainable as it is reinjected into the ground when it has been used for heating purposes. The town has on top of all this started a project eliminating invasive plants from its land.
Oh yes the road you see in the above picture, is exactly the one when Walter Mitty ran to get into the helicopter. I was so delighted to be standing here.
Fishing and tourism are the bread butter of this town.
You can walk upto an adjacent island which showcase an old red light house. It is a small walk from the town. The view from the top is worth it.
Wondering how does the scenery looks like while driving towards Stykkisholmur during the winter months, the picture below is a snap shot of the same. It looked more heavenly than this.
Windermere is one of the popular summer destination not only for Brits but as well as flock of tourists. It is the largest natural lake in England. It is a ribbon lake formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice at the start of the current interglacial period. It is ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep. The name Windermere comes from the Scandinavian for a ‘lake of man called Vinandr’.
There is some information which I did not know about and I have extracted from internet is – The lake contains 18 islands. By far the largest is the privately owned Belle Isle opposite Bowness and around a kilometre in length. Its older name was Lang Holme, and 800 years ago it was the centre of the manor of Windermere and later, in effect, of amoiety of the barony of Kendal.
There is so much to do in & around Windermere that you can spend a day or weeks, and you will still not have enough of it. I have personally visited it twice, but a shame that I had forgotten to write about it. A line of cruise operators over the Windermere- speedboats, cruises, boat tours. A lot water sports companies whether it is kayaking, canoeing, paddling. It is just so much around this place.
Transport is a basic necessity for every human being in their day to day life. One needs transport to earn their livelihood, for a leisure holiday or to meet a friend or family staying far from you. We all are connected to transport in some or the other way, and now we can not imagine a life without a fast mode of transport.
Last weekend we visited London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, London to explore and understand the history & heritage of transport for Britain. Ticket price – £13 pp for an annual pass.
A Victorian iron and glass building that originally was one of the famous vegetable fruit and flowers market, is now occupied to showcase collection for London museum. It shows and informs you about the earliest mode of transport in London- water ways i.e. boats & ships running across river Thames for export and import purposes. It displays many examples of later mode of transports like horse carts, trolley buses, buses, trams, rails. It also exhibits various artefacts like posters, signs, models, photographs, engineer drawings, engineer dresses, advertisement hoarding for marketing of transport services.
This visit will give you a good insight on how transport developed over the centuries, from labour intensive hands work to machinery development. You will read about how the tunnels were dig by hand, how first lady bus conductor came on board, how difficult was to work in such environments, how transport brought a boom to economy. A perfect day out to know about transport history of this bustling city of London.
Sharing some pictures I took during my visit.
Underground Steam Train
Ladies Only Compartment
Omni Tram Service
Places Plate Name
London Buses & Rails