Stykkisholmur – Secret Walter Mitty Town

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Cycling in Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight is one among many favourite locations of mine for a cycle tour of the island. It is a gorgeous part of the England and a popular tourist destination from Victorian times.

The Isle of Wight known as Vectis in ancient time, is a county and the largest island of England, located in the English Channel, off the coast of Hampshire, separated from mainland United Kingdom, by a strait called the Solent.

How to get to Isle of Wight – There are three ferry ports Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth that links to Isle of Wight by vehicle ferries, high speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft.

Best Season – It goes without a say Summers. But the best part of Britain is that every season adds a beauty to this place. Isle of Wight is host of famous music festivals. So summer is crowded with fantastic crowd, tourists, music lovers, bike lovers, campers. Perfect holiday destination.

Places to Visit- Oh there are many, you can do a round trip of Wight by walk, driving around. Since I am a biking enthusiast, I saw the places on my bike. One can visit – Newport, Ryde, Cowes, Shanklin, Sandown, East Cowes. We visited Shanklin, Ryde, Sandown, Cowes on this trip.

Places to Stay- There are lots of options from 5 start hotel to a hostel. We stayed in a youth hostel at Cowes(PO31 7PQ) at £15/night in a shared dormitory. A lovely hostel to relax, meet some new people. There are lots of water sports organizers as well. Youth hostel people will be glad to help you with information.

Cycle Hire- There are numerous places, you can rent a cycle on per day basis or for a week. I can recommend – http://www.islecycle.co.uk/. They will provide helmets and locks. Never forget to lock your cycle 🙂

A highly recommended place by me 🙂 Sharing few pictures of our visit, Ash has captured some of the beautiful landscape.

Sandown Beach

Sandown Beach

 

Walk near the Cliff

Walk near the Sandown Cliff

Lower Cowes

Lower Cowes

Ryde Pier

Ryde Pier

Cluver Cliff from Shanklin

Cluver Cliff from Shanklin

 

Shanklin Beach Walk

Shanklin Beach Walk

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Like always, feel free to get in touch with me in case you require any further information.

 

A walk to Coral Beach

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Coral Beach

We visited Coral Beach on a sunny day at Isle of Skye. It is one of the popular walk in Claigan just north of Isle of Skye and a very beautiful coastal location.

The beach is made from crushed white coral that makes the water look blue when the sun comes out.

Road ending at Claigan will have a car park (no parking fee), and walk to Coral Beach starts at this point. It is 3miles walk to get to the beach, the whole walk is pretty much straight forward and suitable for any weather.

Sharing some pictures with you guys, hope you will like it.

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May be you can complete your visit by Dunvegan Castle on the way for a nice day trip. You will get to read about fairy myths and ofcourse Clans.

 

Beautiful Neist Point

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Neist Point

Neist Point

So what exactly was in my mind when I was standing at this majestic beautiful cliff.

“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.”

This breathtaking place on the Isle of Skye is called Neist Point, the most westerly point of Skye. It is in Dunvegan and to require to walk 3kms to reach that point. The walk is on a tarmacadamed path for most of the way, and there are no difficulties with navigation. It includes a very steeply downhill walk, hand rails are provided to offer help. But once you reach the point, believe me every heart beat and breath is worth it.

It is a very popular place in Isle of Skye, a very touristy place but still you will find a Solace here. Also it is one of best place to watch sunset.

A perfect spot to just sit down and watch the world!!! You don’t believe me may be the pictures will prove my point. Again thanks to Ash who captured these beautiful moments of our lives.

Neist Point Lighthouse

Neist Point Lighthouse

Stallion's Head at the back

Stallion’s Head at the back

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