Epic Iceland 2015, Day 17 – Friday, August 7th

Day 17 pics here.


 

Got a bit of a reprieve. Departure time just got pushed back to 8:45. But, hey, B’s ready. 🙂

Not too sore today. Actually, the only sore spots are the inferior rami of my ischii (yes, I looked ischium up because I seem to remember all the other bones in the pelvis except the ischium, which is sad because it’s a great sounding word and I tend to remember those).

Foggy and overcast, maybe a little rain, but no wind. Bearable. Add in the wind with the damp and ugh.

 

The horses have come back to the lower field, so I have a better view of them grazing. Very peaceful to watch.

The Aussies and Brits were discussing the Ashes over breakfast. Sounds like Australia is buggered this time.

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And B is one of the first on the bus. Yay, B!

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Just passed a single horse by a fence staring at the three sheep lounging on the other side.

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Second visit to Eriksstadir more pleasant than the first–no bugs! Well, a few, but not like the previous visit. Saw the original long house site this time as well. Different presenter, different things highlighted–this is why I don’t mid going back to sites like Independence Hall; you never know what you’ll pick up with a different interpreter/guide. Also, need to look into Erik’s daughter, Freydis–only girl and child from liaison with mistress, had father’s temperament, bit scary in battle.

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Lunch in Blomalindin Kaffihornid in small village of Budardal. Fish soup of which I did mostly broth (not bad) and three pieces of dense, homemade bread. Then I hit the handicraft shop a few doors down. Everything is handmade  by locals. I wound up buying (for 2.000 ISK more than the other pairs) a pair of white with purple colorwork mittens that fit me like a glove. I picked them up and put them down several times but was pretty sure I’d regret not getting them. I think they were made for me. I’ll make peace with the 7.500 ISK eventually. With an exchange rate of $1.34 / 100 ISK that makes it about $55. Locally knit. Colorwork. Made for me. It’s worth it. Yes, yes, it is.

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I can’t believe I’m reacting like this about mittens. I’ve spent quite a bit of money leading up to and during this trip, and this is what gives me agita. I just do’t understand me sometimes. Come on, I’ve dropped $80 on a single drop spindle, so… Weird, so weird. Or I’ve just reached a point of needing to freak out over something and this is it.

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Sun’s out and there’s some blue sky peeking through. Woot!

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Overcast again. Couple picture stops between Budardal and Stykkisholmur. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is apparently where you come to see all of Iceland if you don’t have the time to go everywhere, especially geology.

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Stykkisholur revisit was worth it. Took in a bit more of town and swung by the Volcano Museum. That was worth it. Informative and some gorgeous pieces off art. Wonder if any of the Philly universities have a good geology program. Stopped by the ice cream truck/shop in the harbor. They had Erpsstadir ice cream. Had chocolate this time. I. AM. HAPPY.

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Along the way to Olafsvik, a few picture stops: lake, site of Erbyggja saga, and Kirkjufellsfoss outside of Grundafjordur.

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Hotel Olafsvik is clean if sparse. Roomy. But wifi and sink plug! Dinner is not buffet and is fish. We shall see.

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Marinated lamb on salad, salted fish, and blueberry dessert skyr. Not bad. The Solbert Aldjabjor (fruit beer) was pretty tasty. Good conversation.

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Last day for the tour tomorrow. Always bittersweet, especially when you like your group.

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Doing a second load of wash and updating pics and blog. The usual.

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Southern Snaefellsnes tomorrow, then Reykjavik. Better double check my hotel.

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There. I should be all set for clothes for the rest of my trip. Actually, I would have been fine without that last load, but…

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