The glaciers were plentiful, close and really amazing. We drove and hiked to the one near our hotel and hiked in to another. Most of the day was spent on the road with stops to look at waterfalls, one of which, Skogafoss, was incredible, complete with rainbows, passing farms, lots of Icelandic horses and sheep with beautiful fleece. Icelandic hand knitted wool sweaters are popular with natives and tourists alike. Stopped for lunch in Vik at a little soup place we discovered last time through. Next stop, the farm (Airbnb) for the next night. The little cottage is on a 400 acre milk cow, sheep and horse farm way out in the country. The couple were so nice. They invited us for a homemade Icelandic dinner. We even had to try to speak a little Icelandic. It was such a treat having this experience with real people who have lived and worked here for generations on this farm.
I could write more about all the tourists, gift shops full of stuffed puffins, the high prices, the fire alarm going off at 3am last night and everybody running out into the hall in their underwear and how a rock hit our windshield today and made a little starburst, but I won’t – because I won’t let anything put a damper on this fabulous trip.
Tomorrow we drive back to Reykjavik to our “hip condo” in the harbor area. And we leave the next day.
We left Vik around 9 am. The B & B was not the best of the bunch. After staying in a different place every night we will have a lot to compare. We picked up lunch at the market in Vik. It’s always an adventure shopping when you can’t read the labels written in Icelandic. We visited a special geological anomaly, sort of like Devil’s Postpile in the Eastern Sierra. Quite a hike up and back down but worth it. On to the floating iceberg lagoon and diamond beach where bits of ice look like diamonds on the black sand. We had a few other stops along the way and ended up at our Guesthouse, Glacier World, in Hoffell. Our view out the window is a glacier. It’s a fabulous place. A long soak in the thermal hot tubs was just what I needed to end the day.
Tomorrow a walk to the glacier and on to a farm stay in a small town.
Photos left to right: I made it! The falls and basalt columns. Iceberg lagoon. Andre riding a glacier. The view from our window. Me in thermal hot tub.
The “Golden Circle” is drive through a National Park and the surrounding countryside that contains geysers, amazing big waterfalls and a place where tectonic plates are separating. This is also where the Icelanders held their assembly of chieftains that acted as a court for their people. Drove to the small town of Vik
on the coast and our new place and checked out the black sand beach after being caught in a rainstorm. We saw fabulous skies and clouds, waterfalls and rainbows everywhere. Wildflowers are blooming everywhere. I am so happy to be out of the city and into nature.
Photos left to right: The Geyser, Black Sand Beach and the Sea Stacks, Gullfoss Falls
We walked all over Reykjavik today (not sure how many miles) starting out by checking out of the condo and grabbing croissants and morning buns at a great little place where they were making the pastries before our eyes. We wandered around and visited the National Gallery and National Museum, city hall, fashion and shopping district.
We got the history of Iceland down but we are butchering the language. It’s really hard to pronounce Icelandic. Most people we have met speak English so far it’s been easy to communicate. After a free jazz concert at the Harpa Concert Hall, dinner at a small place that served soup in bread bowl then back to our hotel. I’m exhausted.
Tomorrow out to the country
Photos left to right. Broud & Co., Typical architecture, Andy meets a local, What to watch for out in the mountains!
The sunset was taken at 10.30 pm. Sunset 12.30am, sunrise 2.30am.
Today was a Travel day. By the time we got out of the airport and to the condo, it was nearly five o’clock. We went out and walked around and had an Icelandic dinner. Lots of fish! And delish! It’s a quaint city old and new. Lots of things king on here including Gay Pride Week and a jazz festival . Tomorrow we will explore the museums, including the phallological Museum, (maybe) and shops. Its pretty cold here for mid summer. Everybody is dressed in coats and boots.
What with school starting soon and Andre getting a new geology job,(the one he wanted) we decided to celebrate with a trip that encompassed both art and Geology. So here we are, in the airport waiting for our plane. We have a great itinerary planned for the week. I will keep you posted with pics and info.
Today was a free day for us. Bonnie Marsha and I took a tourist sight-seeing bus in the morningand saw Havana neighborhoods from a different view on top of an open-air bus. We stopped at the cathedral plaza and had a cool one. I got my fortune told by a Santoria woman. she used Tarot cards and shells. It was a GOOD one. I got a sacred rock for health. I hope it protects me from all the sick people on the trip. We walked around Old Havana and shopped in a great old Cuban department store turned into a market place. We went back to the plaza and took a ride home in ’59 pepto-bismol pink Pontiac Skyhawk with Continental kit. Now THAT was fun.