Reykjavik, waterfalls and black sand beaches
Due to technical difficulties... I'm just not tech savy enough... photo preparations are not co-operating. Please be patient while I sort this out. Meanwhile it is very late and I'll have to try again tomorrow. Hopefully you'll enjoy the blog without photos for now.
You know the old saying that Iceland is green and Greenland is icy? Well the first part is true for the southern end of the island anyway. And mother nature was kind to us today. But I'll start with yesterday.
I don't sleep very well on airplanes and this flight was not an exception as I was on the aisle. By the time we got the car squared away I had been awake for 20 + hours. Driving in a new place is hard enough but throw in a foreign language with extra letters... We did find our B&B, eventually. The owner took pity on us, let us check in early and even gave us some breakfast since it was 8:30am. A nice place near Reykjavik, Lilly Guesthouse. We knew from experience that if we went to bed we would have troubles with our sleep schedule for at least three days. We headed off to explore the big city of Reykjavik. Back to that driving scenario, only add in one-way streets and construction. I'll spare you the details.
Interesting city, it is a mixture of a quaint quiet village with plenty of city hustle and bustle. It's looks like Reykjavik has been through several attempts at becoming modernized. Looking around it seems like they waited for a modern era that appealed to them before they would jump into new ideas again. Shows lots of patience and discernment on their part. They appear to be doing a lot of up grading from the 60's into the 21st century now. Traffic was a sure sign of growing pains.
I like the city a lot. Character oozes from every corner. I wish we could have explored it a lot more. We missed every walking tour we tried to join. The last one we tried there was one other person waiting for the guide with us. He checked online and found the tour guide service closed the day before for the end of the tourist season. We decided to go to the Hallgrimskirkja Church and take in the view from the tower. You can see all of the city from up there as well as its beautiful natural surroundings.
You'll never guess where we decided to have dinner... hint: meatballs. Yup, Ikea! Guess what? It's just like ours with all the same items. Only the signs are in a different language.
Wednesday; weather forecast "dreary"... in Reykjavik. However, Vik had a beautiful sunny day. What a beautiful drive along the south shore of Iceland. Lots of green hillsides, grazing sheep, cows, and Icelandic ponies, only they aren't ponies at all but full fledged horses. We stopped at several scenic spots along the way seeing steam vents in the distance, sun sparkling on the ocean, lovely farms nestled between mountains, rivers and waterfalls.
The sun was just right for Skogafoss. A perfect rainbow at its base and sometimes you'd see a hint of a second one. Carrying the water from two rivers meeting just above the falls the waterfall was full and thunderous. And a bit crowded too. We had lunch with a view of the falls and the dairy farm that skirts both sides of Skogafoss.
Vik is a seaside jewel and when we rounded the corner the sun had its spotlight focused on it. The little church on the top of the hill overlooking the town was soaking up the light and reflecting its beauty. Vik is noted for its black sand beaches and a kind local pointed us to the best beach nearby. At Black Rock Beach (don't ask me its Icelandic name) we found wonderful basalt rock formations, large black rocks jutting up out of the ocean, and sea arches in the distance. I'm such a beachcomber at heart. It was windy but gloriously sunny.
We finished our afternoon with dinner at a place we were told we'd find the best Icelandic lamb and lobster. Not having experienced any of the other restaurants I can tell you that this place would be very hard to beat. I was surprised that the lobster was so small. The tails are about as long as my thumb. The flavor is light, sweet, and rich, I ate 8 or nine of them. You gotta try it if you come to Iceland. I tasted the lamb too. As a rule I'm not a lamb person but I would have eaten a plate of that too. We topped it off with a meringue (sp?) cake which didn't have any actual cake in it. Sooo good.
Tomorrow the Golden Circle, Friday off to Scotland. Until next time.
Keywords: Beach, Black, Iceland, Reykjavik, Rock, Skogafoss, Vik, lamb, lobster, rainbows, waterfalls
That dinner sounds great.
I am looking forward to the pictures and explanations of what is being seen, adventures lead to fun stories.
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