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. 

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