We headed into Reykjavik, which is the capitol of Iceland. It was cold, windy and raining but we went into a few shops, had tea, and visited the Hallgrimskirkja Church, which is famous with a statue of Lief Erikson. There was a private something so we couldn't go in but we were able to see inside and were surprised at the lack of ornateness.
Monday June 8
We headed right to blue lagoon, which is a wonderful site. Unless you get the more expensive package a couple of hours is all that is needed and that's with the sauna and steam room. It was a cold rainy windy day! Picking up our VW was easy and the car is brand new.
TUESDAY JUNE 9
First the weather was better. We saw some sun, some rain but much nicer than the day before. The national park was cool. We walked a lot in general and then we walked two continents."The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region, the largest one, Almannagjá, being a veritable canyon." wikipedia
The geysers were fantastic. The main one is larger than the largest at Yosemite.
And to top it off was the Gulfoss waterfall!!
But my camera broke.. My new one. I was quite upset. I did bring my old one but I can't take videos. And when I heard about the camping cabin in which we were staying I cried.
But in the end it was fine and we went to the red house, Rauda Husio, for a three course meal of lobster bisque, lobster, and molten lava cake and Belgium waffle. I even had a glass of wine which helped with the cabin!
|Black sand beach|
and Icelandic horses, which I have pictures of above and below.
Dalshöfdi Guesthouse 6 km on this gravel road. Breakfast was good with home-made crepes.
The icebergs we saw are below- of course this is just a small sample.
|glacier in the background|
We had dinner in the town. A huge metropolis compared to the last many hours.. In Hofn I had langostine pizza and Elliott had ready.. Reindeer burger.
Then we headed to the visitor center and got a map of lake Mivytan. Our first stop was Hverfell crater.
Dimmuburger was very unusual. There were many paths around these lava formations but we took a short one, which was enough to get a feel for them.
It snowed last night - really.
But in the end we would have preferred walking in town but how to park was too confusing so headed to our next sleeping spot Gladheimer, which was a small cabin with the shower at the campground. We couldn't get on Wi-Fi.
We ate around the corner at an amazing brunch buffet. (above)The best lox I've ever had and fresh watermelon and pineapple. Made our way to our next stops: Stykkisholmur and Snaefellsjokull National park AND it was 55 degrees! The driving was on a difficult, narrow winding gavel road. Many churches are quite modern. Along with the church these are some sites we saw along the way.
We went to Stykkisholmur at the advice of our friends and it was truly beautiful. We were glad we went out of our way to go.
Icelandic fish stew, (plokkfiskur)
MONDAY, JUNE 15
We saw wonderful scenery.
and stopped at a beautiful harbor village, Hellnar, known for Jules Vernon, the birds and the beauty.
We also went to almost the tip of the peninsula to see and the famous ice cap, which can be seen for miles.
We came in a rainy day and left on the rain. Our accommodations at Trendy Studio, last night were fabulous. Great Wi fi, a kitchen, large two rooms and a hair dryer, washer and a great location.
We ate at Upssalir. Elliot got shark and whale and dried fish. I had what I had a traditional fish soup, which I would call a casserole. I had it a couple of nights ago and it is delicious.
|Skyre is a favorite food (like yogurt) and dessert.|