Last year when I went to Sweden, I looked down from the plane onto the country of Iceland. I decided that the next time I went to Europe I would stop over in Iceland. This year I had the opportuity to make that happen.
|My hostess, Solvieg and her boyfriend
On my way home from Vienna, I managed a 3 day stop in Iceland. I was pretty excited. On Friday night after my second week in Vienna I headed for the airport and landed in Reykjavik about 11:30 at night.
After that she took me to the place she works, which is an event venue in Reykjavik, one of the oldest. Used to be movie theater, now theater, event venue, wedding venue, and “the best” rooftop bar in Iceland. (https://gamlabio.is/en/p/petersen) They were setting up for a wedding, but she took me in and gave me the personal tour.
|The view from the rooftop bar
|The view from the rooftop bar
She left me downtown where I walked from one end of town to the other. I started at the Opera house, since I seem to be collecting Opera house visits!
When I woke up that morning, I picked up my phone to research the geocache I might want to go to. Similar to my Vienna experience I found a geocaching event for that day at 1pm. Two sisters, one from Ireland, one from Sweden, were meeting up for holidays in Iceland, and organized this geocaching event. After double checking the date (yep July 1, 2017), I walked down among the fishing marina to go the cache. About 10 people showed up! Seemed pretty well attended including the not to be missed Canadians (wearing their Canadian garb for Canada Day).
I walked form there to “the Pearl”, another recognizable landmark in Reykjavik. It is a museum build on top of giant tanks which hold the city’s hot water supply after it is pumped from the geothermal wells outside of town. From the viewing platform at the top you get an excellent view of the city.
|The View – 360 degrees
|The View from the AirBnB
Reykjavik across the waterway. Note the chapel on the left and the Pearl on the right.
After I walked back to the center of town for the tour. (A LOT of walking that day)
|Gullfoss falls, Beautiful/Massive. Photos don’t do it justice.
The next stop was to a geyser that goes off every 5 minutes. There is another geyser at the same park that is bigger than Old Faithful, but apparently not as faithful as the Yellowstone landmark… We didn’t go to that one because it was not likely to blow.
|The fissure that is between North American and Eurasia
|The water there.
We had two unscheduled stops on the tour. One was at the shores of a lake where people cook bread in the ground. They bury the dough in the sand, and mark the location with a stick. About 24 hours later.. they have bread.
The second stop was at my request. I have a number of friends that have Icelandic horses. One such friend is an artist that focuses a lot of her work on these unique horses. (Chris Pennington – http://www.chrispenningtongallery.com/index.htm). She asked me to get some photos, and inspiration for her. Well there are about 80,000 horses on Iceland, that is about 1 for every 3 people. So we didn’t have a hard time finding them. We stopped the van at a group and got out for photos. Beautiful and interesting animals.
The van dropped me off back at my BnB at about 1:30am. When I awoke the next morning the Swedish and Irish sisters had invited me to go snorkeling with them, I was very flattered, and do like to snorkel, but honestly could not rise to the occasion. I was wiped out and slept most of the day. My BnB host had gone out for the day so I had the house to myself, but around noon I drug my butt out of bed and rode the bus to the mall, thinking I might find food, and maybe a few souvenirs/Christmas gifts. But I was so tired…. that’s about all I could do. I ate at the food mall, went to the grocery store, and headed back to the house.– Three days in Iceland and I spent one sleeping!! Oh well, I honestly made up for it the other two.