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Passion Passport Twitter Chat: Road Trips!

Interesting fact about me: I hate driving, but I love a road trip. I grew up in California--that automobile utopia--and have spent a significant amount of my life in traffic and a hefty amount of money on gas, maintenance and car insurance. One of my...
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Postcard from Reykjavik

The first thing that struck me about Reykjavik was just how little it felt like a national capital. Within hours of being there, we easily knew the layout of the city: the main pedestrian thoroughfare marked by neon bicycles, the large pond dotted...
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Christine Amorose in Seljavallalaug swimming pool in Iceland

The best places to swim in Iceland

When I saw that the high temperature for our trip to Iceland would be around 50 degrees, I expected to spend most of my time in layers and a woolen beanie--not a bathing suit. I was as surprised as anyone when I realized on our last day there that we...
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Postcard from the Ring Road

It's fairly easy to navigate Iceland: there's one road that loops around the entire country. Commonly known as the Ring Road, Highway 1 is roughly 830 miles of two lanes through glaciers and rolling hills, next to beaches and waterfalls. As we...
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Postcard from the Golden Circle

For many visitors to Iceland, the Golden Circle is their ultimate road trip: the popular loop features a waterfall, a geysir and a national park, all within a day's driving of Reykjavik. Although we had seen dozens of waterfalls and a constant...
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The guide to traditional Reykjavik

As much as I loved the hipster side of Reykjavik, the city isn't all beanies and beards (although it's certainly all Instagram-able). While it's merely a town by international standards with a population of 120,000 (the same size as the suburb I grew...
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Postcard from Hofn

We totally fell in love with Hofn. It's the farthest point from Reykjavik that we drove to: 280 miles/455 kilometers and the closest "metropolis" to the glacier lagoon. It's one of those places that, looking back, I'm not quite sure why we were so...
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The ultimate Iceland road trip

A road trip is without a doubt the best way to see Iceland. The country is stunning, but it's sparsely populated. There are public transportation options, but they stick to the Ring Road. This is a country that gets better the farther you go from...
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Snorkeling Silfra: the crack between Europe and America

While living in Australia, I fell in love with scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Since then, I've explored underwater in Hawaii, Thailand and Indonesia (where I earned my certification to dive!). I've always equated snorkeling and scuba diving...
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The guide to hipster Reykjavik

I'm never sure if I love or hate the term "hipster." Living in the Lower East Side, I'm just a river away from the ultimate hipster enclave of Williamsburg: I love the incredible cafe and bar scene, the funky fashion and the quirky ways that people...
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