Friday, May 30, 2014

Iceland Day 6 - Skogar and Vik

I was eagerly anticipating our day trip to Vik, with its stunning black beaches.   We stopped at Skogar on our way in, and took a short trek up to the top of Skogafoss. Then we went to Vik and walked along the beach in the rain, before stopping for lunch at Halldorskaffi.  Glenn is still raving about the lamb sandwich.   We explored the area a bit more by car. Unfortunately, Dyrhólaey is closed to protect the puffins during nesting season.  











The village of Vik.









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We're so sad that this was our last day. We've had a fabulous week, even in the cold rain.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Iceland Day 5 - Hvalfjörður (Bjarteyjarsandur Farm and Glymur)

Today we drove an hour west of Reykjavik to Hvalfjörður to visit Bjarteyjarsandur, a sheep farm, where lambing season was underway.  We were given a tour of the farm, then served us a wonderful bowl of lamb stew.  (Some of you may know I don't like lamb, but I did eat this, or most of it).  The family that runs the farm were gracious hosts.






The lambs in the barn were only a day or two old.

After visiting the farm, we trekked inland to see Iceland's tallest waterfall, Glymur. The weather forecast was a lie. Instead of the mostly cloudy skies we were promised, we got to hike in a steady, cold rain.  You could see the sun peaking through the clouds in the distance, over the fjord, and I kept hoping it would break, but instead we just climbed higher and higher into the cloud that was sending the drizzle down on us. It was incredibly difficult to take pictures on this hike.  Hiking three kilometers steadily upward, however, gave us really stunning views, even through the mist.












My husband deserves a huge reward for humoring me and coming along on this hike.
Here he is waiting, soaking wet in the blustery cold, waiting for me to finish taking pictures. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Iceland Day 4 - Reykjavik

After our long excursions on Monday and Tuesday, we decided we needed a rest day on Wednesday. We slept in and then went out to explore Reykjavik.  After breakfast at a bakery near our hotel, we wandered up to Hallgrimskirkja (the church that dominates over the city). After enjoying the view from the tower, we wandered down to the sea and explored the harbor and Harpa music hall.  Glenn listened to some local music at 12 Tonar.  Then, after exploring the Reykjavik Art Museum, we walked around the City, grabbing a hot dog for lunch.


















This City has lots of character:












It was fairly overcast all morning, but when we headed out to dinner we were greeted by the sun. It shone on us for the rest of the evening.  It sets around 11:30 this time of year, but it never gets completely dark.

After dinner, we headed out to hear some music.  Our first stop was Lucky Records where an indie-folk group was playing. After that we went back near the harbor to Hurra where we listened to a bit of thrash before deciding to turn in.