Epic Iceland 2015, Day 16 – Thursday, August 6, 2015

Day 16 pics here.


The time really does go fast, doesn’t it? Today’s supposed to be an “easy” day. We’ll see. Although, we’re leaving at 9 am instead of 8:30 and supposed to be able to go horseback riding at Gauksmyri before dinner, so… Godafoss, Akureyri for a couple hours, and ending up at Gauksmyri Horse Farm for the night. Yes, I’m going horseback riding because I rather regretted not doing it last time.

Weather: wet, cool, overcast. Seems to be on the menu for the next few days. I got spoiled by those nice days. Welcome to Iceland. 🙂

Dreamed about taking out Tony Soprano and crew, or attempting to. They were way more competent than in the series. At least Tony was. Not that they were incompetent, but… My brain was really nice to them, not me.

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Glad my water bottle was in the front of my backpack and not the back. Lid wasn’t on right. Took me a bit to figure out why it felt so light.

Not as windy, at least by the hotel. That’s something.

Overcast but no rain or wind. Good picture day, I think.

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Godafoss was gorgeous. Second favorite waterfall after Dynjandi. Souvenir shop, but I held back. Again, if I can get it in Reykjavik, then it’s worth waiting.

I may be running a slight fever. Ugh. I thought I was on the upswing. And I’m snuffly again. Should have hit the pharmacy in Husavik yesterday. Should be able to find one in Akureyri today. [I did, but did I go in? No. Was feeling better by then, and, well, that’s how I roll.]

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Forgot. Saw a falcon just as we got off the bus. Think I got an okay pick. Camera wasn’t playing nice.

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Yay, sun! [For a very brief time.]

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At the hotel for the past two nights, there was a copy of The Thorn Birds in Icelandic (I think) on the bookshelf. Not sure why this amuses me, but…

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Akureyri, for got how much I loved you. Ate lunch at Fish & Chips Akureyri Restaurant: mixed greens salad, curly chips, and lemon pepper dipping sauce. The salad was afuckingmazing. Either I’m that starved for veggies or it really was that good. Aside from too many tomatoes, it had lettuce [duh], fine strings of red beets, cucumbers, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and a curry vinaigrette. 690 ISK for a small, which was a good sized amount. But I kind of wish I’d gone large and skipped the fries (which were good but not the salad). So if you’re in Akureyri and want a delicious, cheap salad, go to the Fish & Chips shop a street past the shopping street and near the water.

We also took a brief tour through the Botanical Gardens, which I had neither the time nor the inclination to see last time. I have the inclination now.

Picked up a book of Icelandic knitting patterns (color work) in Icelandic. There are charts. And, yes, they do make pattern books in English, but this makes a good challenge. Hardcore knitter. 😉

I’m pretty certain on the last trip I thought I could live in Akureyri. Definitely could.

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Stop at the Textile Museum (or hike in the rain for those not interested) in Blonduos. Very neat. Something, however, set me off on quite a coughing jag. Not sure what, but blegh.

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Next up Gauksmyri for our hotel and horseback riding. Of course it’s turned rainy again. I’m riding a horse, though, dammit.

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Well, I did it. Went horseback riding on a genuine Icelandic horse in the misty Icelandic countryside. My white horse (a bit like a stout Shadowfax) was called Lisa and more than a bit determined to munch on grass whenever we stopped. Once I got used to that and the fact that OMGOMGOMG I’m on a horse WTF, it was really good. It was just me, K, P, and D who did it. The girl taking us around was really good and chatty. We even saw an owl. More than worth the 8.000 ISK.

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The food was good, too. Some amazing cream soup with cumin (I think) and rhubarb crumble for dessert (which was as good as the first time–came here for lunch and a bit of a show on the first trip and really wished we were staying here, which I now got a chance to do!). The buffet was good, and one of the five meats (if you count fish) on offer was horse. Guess what? Tastes like beef. Yes, I rode a horse and ate horse within hours of each other (not the same horse).

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Tomorrow’s an early day to Eriksstadir and the northern Snaefellsnes. Hopefully B will not be late and the last one on the bus. Again. Three, four mornings, I think? Who’s missing? B? Yup. Where’s B? Poor B. Nah.

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Didn’t take a ton of pics today, so I’ll upload those tomorrow and do a double transcription of blog posts. Or I’ll do the blog first thing [yup, that’s what I’m doing]. We’ll see how motivated I am. I will have time to kill between my 6:13 am wake up and 7:30 breakfast, but likely not between breakfast and the 8:15 departure.

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All in all, today was way better than yesterday.

 

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