Saga of hrunting and thebruce
An Icelandic Winter Road Trip
Best laid plansContinents and CavesReykjavikian ambianceWaterfalls and sunsetsHuman wrecks and legaciesKristinartindar: The Journey is the RewardThe finding of firsts, and birthday peaceThe endurance of history in SnæfellsnesThe edge of the EarthAn unexpected discoveryCommunity, love, betrayal, and sharksThe adventure comes full circle
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Geocaching!


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If you're not already signed up at geocaching.com, get over there and do it now! If you're a traveler, if you love adventure, exploring, scavenger hunts, any or all of the above - this hobby is for you!

In short, it's a pastime wherein a GPS device is used to travel to coordinates published by someone who's placed a container there. It's a sort of scavenger hunt which may present obstacles, from solving puzzles, to navigating various terrains, or may just give you a chance to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Containers typically include a logsheet that you sign (or even better, write out your experience for other finders after you to read and enjoy). Some rare caches have existed since as far back May 2000 when the activity officially launched, so finding those caches, especially with their original log books, is a real gem.

Because it's all about hidden containers, they are often camouflaged to blend in to their environment - whether covered in fake vegetation, disguised as a rock, or even magnets hidden in plain sight in downtown cores - and so these containers may even exist within walking distance to your own home, and you don't even know it. This 'hidden world' of geocaches is sometimes compared to Harry Potter's world of magic - people who don't know about it are referred to it as "muggles". When searching for caches, you don't want muggles to see you or find out about them! If they don't understand the hobby, they might mistake the container for trash or just not know what to do with it.

If a container is large enough, it may contain 'treasure' - typically these may be little trinkets and toys, sometimes books or collectible items, sometimes bigger bonuses like coupons, small change, or special gifts. It's all up to whoever finds it to abide by a simple concept: trade up! If you take something, leave something of equal or better value for the next person.

Geocaching is a family-friendly, non-competitive game that occurs in the great outdoors. It's enjoyed by younger children and older retirees, physically disabled and extreme adventurers, geeks and techies and hipsters alike, it's available 24/7, day and night, and it's played worldwide. With millions of geocaches around the world, and millions of players in the community, there's no end to the fun. And it's free! You could also take advantage of a premium membership for the price of a couple of restaurant meals for a year of more advanced features and capabilities, depending on how serious you want to get!

Here's a quick rundown of the activity, and you can watch the brief video below to get a feel for its fun. And these are just the very basics - there are many types of geocaches and experiences to be found, some of which I describe in this site, such as Earthcaches; and the pastime is very social, with a thriving and friendly global community. There's something for everyone! All you need to get started is a GPS device, or a smartphone and a geocaching app.

Final cache list

For Hrunting and thebruce - 2016 Iceland Road Trip
(favourite point counts as of January 2017)

GC2DK2EEaMIDLINA3/2Fav: 137Placed: 8/17/2010
GC1P5KEUnMysterious Iceland4/3Fav: 34Placed: 4/6/2009
GC25643EaBláa lónið - Blue lagoon - Blaue Lagune1.5/1.5Fav: 420Placed: 1/25/2014
GC6HQ0XEaLava Field Illahraun3.5/4Fav: 10Placed: 7/13/2004
GC1K5BAUnDollan2.5/3Fav: 96Placed: 3/26/2015
GC2BYDYUnRock/Scissors/Paper/Lizard/Spock4/3Fav: 20Placed: 3/2/2001
GC5ARP6TrIn a crevice among some large rocks ...1/1.5Fav: 549Placed: 6/29/2009
GCJZQBTrSólfar2/2Fav: 238Placed: 5/24/2010
GC6WG4VEvFrá Kanada, með ást1/1Fav: 0Placed: 11/28/2016
GC4RRQXTrDraumur hafsins 'ocean dream'1/1.5Fav: 445Placed: 5/31/2010
GC58T3RTrThe smallest coffee shop in Iceland1.5/1.5Fav: 4Placed: 11/10/2009
GC2B1TJEaSeljalandsfoss1.5/3.5Fav: 324Placed: 6/17/2012
GC3RBY9EaGLJUFURARFOSS CANYON (ICELAND)2/3Fav: 184Placed: 8/9/2012
GC3VMMATrSólheimasandur plane wreck1.5/2Fav: 126Placed: 10/31/2009
GC1NBD6EaJÖKULHLAUP AT SKEIDARARSANDUR IN 1996 (ICELAND)1/1Fav: 85Placed: 6/19/2011
GC2D5CPTrKristinartindar - The journey is the reward!2/4.5Fav: 25Placed: 7/16/2009
GC6VN34TrHjálparfoss1.5/2.5Fav: 0Placed: 10/23/2016
GC498WZLbTroll walk - Letterbox3.5/1.5Fav: 32Placed: 11/15/2006
GC6WQPJTrHeit Laug Murcielago1.5/1.5Fav: 0Placed: 11/1/2016
GC5B34ZEaSaxhólsbjarg2.5/3Fav: 0Placed: 8/16/2014
GC1DKRDTrA Guiding Light1.5/1.5Fav: 5Placed: 4/7/2013
GC6RM0GTrSkarfavör1/1.5Fav: 0Placed: 9/7/2016
GC1Z45XEaÞingvellir - The Mid-Atlantic Ridge2/2Fav: 477Placed: 6/24/2015
GC3W68RTrThing Sites: Thingvellir Lögberg3/2Fav: 96Placed: 9/5/2012
GC57B20TrEurasia meets North America2/2Fav: 168Placed: 9/9/2012
GC6AZJFWhThe Golden Circle4/1.5Fav: 7Placed: 8/5/2002
GC3BX97MuAt the top of the world - Gullfoss2/2Fav: 147Placed: 9/9/2012
GCZCNEEaGullfoss (Golden Falls)2/2.5Fav: 627Placed: 11/15/2016
GC258YJEaKerið Crater1.5/1.5Fav: 232Placed: 3/19/2010
GC6CKHVTrPark and Grab # 41.5/1.5Fav: 1Placed: 3/4/2016

Trackable travels

The Dopplecar...is...Hrunting!

For geocaching in Iceland, there many locations with roads that are restricted to 4x4 vehicles. As discussed earlier, I made sure to find one at a decent price, just to be ready for anything that may happen during the trip. I named the Ford Escape for this trip Hrunting, but it also became my trackable vehicle -
The Dopplecar!

Trackable items (travel bugs) are objects that are identified by a unique code which can 'travel' and 'visit' most any geocache listings, and its route is stored by these online logs for viewing and analysing. In this case, the Dopplecar is a travelbug sticker that, for lack of a better term, inhabits, or becomes, any temporary vehicle I may use for geocaching. So it was fun to see the Dopplecar leap across the ocean, into Hrunting, and join me on the trip!






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Best laid plansContinents and CavesReykjavikian ambianceWaterfalls and sunsetsHuman wrecks and legaciesKristinartindar: The Journey is the RewardThe finding of firsts, and birthday peaceThe endurance of history in SnæfellsnesThe edge of the EarthAn unexpected discoveryCommunity, love, betrayal, and sharksThe adventure comes full circle