After a very “exciting” time just before departure we, along with our Land Rover, are finally in winter “wonder” land Canada!
The weather changed drastically from calm and sunny the week before to gale force with gusts bordering on hurricane force winds, just in time for our departure. I am scared enough of flying on a normal day so this wasn’t helping things at all. The flight was quite bumpy and scary until we got above the storm and then it was clear flying all the way to Iceland. From the green spring like conditions of Germany back into a full snow covered glittering winter landscape and clear blue skies of Iceland. The views from the aircraft alone had already convinced us that this stopover was going to be just a first taste. We are definitely going to have to come back again, but next time for much longer. We booked our accommodations through Airbnb and really hit the jackpot. Our hosts were wonderfully nice folks who picked us, and all our baggage, up from the bus stop, gave us a little tour of the city, and pretty much made us feel welcome and at home in their house. We had fantastic (winter) weather for our stop over day, which made our Reykjavik excursion that much better.
Snowed-in in Nova Scotia!
The eastern part of Canada (the Maritimes) has seen the worst snows this year in over 30 years, so it wasn’t much of a surprise as we arrived in Halifax to see meter high mounds of snow. It hasn’t stopped yet either, when we got up this morning there was a new blanket of snow covering everything. At least Gary had fun using the snow blower.
After a cosy Easter (even though it looks and feels more like christmas) we went over to Halifax to pick up our Land Rover, with us arriving on Good Friday we had to wait until Tuesday before we could pick it up. We were a little bit nervous visiting Customs just in case they had any issues with the fact that Gary is Canadian, but our nerves were all for nothing. The customs officer was very friendly and helpful and the folks at the Halifax harbour were also very good. Thanks again to SeaBridge for organizing everything. From day one until we picked up our Land Rover we have felt very well taken care of, all of our questions were answered and we really feel like we got our moneys worth.
So we cleaned the fresh snow off our our Landy and drove it back to Gary’s parents house to bide our time (being royally spoiled) until we head off towards Newfoundland. Honestly, most of the folks we have told that Newfoundland is our next stop have laughed themselves silly at the prospect. Apparently Newfoundland has a LOT more snow than Nova Scotia, and we were even told that the ferry between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland got stuck in ice floes! Well if that happens again it should would be an interesting article for our blog…