|And more ice.|
|check out the temperature|
Coming downhill off the mountain, we stopped at a scenic vista parking lot. Below us spread the ironic view of natural Icelandic hot springs in the snow filled, icy plain,
|Steam rising from geothermal springs|
|close-up of thermal springs|
Mývatn geothermal springs are famous for their hot bathes, beloved by tourists. The warm waters are around 96 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees (yikes!). We opted to skip the hot springs and even if we wanted to use them, we hadn't made the v. necessary reservations - maybe next time.
Continuing on our way to our evening stop in Akureyri we stopped to look at a short wall composed of volcanic rock. No signage here so no way of knowing 'the tale of the serpentine rock wall.'
|Eyjafjörður Fjord visible in the background|
|Hverfjal Volcano - awesome!|
|Goðafoss, a beautiful horseshoe shaped falls|
|The falls are located on the mighty Skjalfandafljot River.|
|A little foot bridge crossing the Skjalfandafljot River.|
|Common Ringed Plover|
|Prowling Eurasian Oystercatchers|
Well, bless my lazy arse, that room was worth the climb (I know!). It was large with a vaulted ceiling & a cool, circular window with curtains.
|the 2nd window had a lovely view of the Egilsstaðir fjord|
This is the most unique and interesting room for this trip, we've has thus far. And although there was only single bedded rooms were, at least the bed was large enough to allow us each enough space to preserve our dignity (feel free to giggle a little).
After we'd hauled our bags up to this aerial room, we took a drive around the town for the hell of it. We were pleased to find some more Icelandic Elf houses, all located in residence yards.
|Cute Turf House, 'home sweet home' for an elf or two|
|Upscale and colorful Elf dwelling|
|Akureyrarkirkja - Lutheran Church|
Akureyi is the second largest Icelandic city after Reykjavik. It's most striking feature was located near where we had dinner. It's Akureyrarkirkja - a large Lutheran Church, .
|Akureyri downtown scenery - ooooh I so love stone paving|
|The harbor is at the side of the town|
|The sign on the right reads 'Public Library' in English. What the...?|
|A little window shopping|
We did some of our rare souvenir shopping. I had to turn my back on loads of cool stuff. Did get my
'obligatory' Cloisonné pins because its the law. Sort of.
After strolling about downtown, we were hungry. We scrutinized menus outside of several of the restaurants. Again, the target was interesting food that is typically Icelandic. With a little luck, maybe there'd be a restaurant serving a lovely cold Hákarl (rotted shark) salad, some succulent Hangikjöt (smoked lamb) or perhaps a nice bowl of fresh Ábrystir (sheep's colostrum pudding) - or not.
We saw these menus. Tempting... but I'm not eating anything related to Mr. Ed.
Surprisingly, I turned my nose up at the Grilled Whale. Told it was Minke Whale (not endangered). No crossing the line to the 'dark side for me today.
I tried the Guillemot, which is a wild sea bird. Consider that these birds dive and fly over as well as under water. That means they have oxygenated muscle that yields quite dark meat, in the manner of beef. Here is my dinner. Ila had the same.
That, you must admit is one yummy
looking meal. It lived up to its looks.
This is what the guillemot looked like as I attacked it. It might gross some out, but to me that is the look of 'YUM'!
I thought it tasted like beef. Ila - obviously having a more delicate palate than my raccoon-like sensibilities, said the bird's meat tasted of anchovies.
It was later in the evening that I checked on my European birds iPhone app, that I realized that Guillemot is what we in the States call the Common Murre. That info totally horrified me as I adore Common Murres. Had I known that I'd have had the lamb shanks instead. Oh well. Earth Mother forgive my carnivorous heart!
A quick video showing snow on the highway and the Goðafoss waterfalls in action. For the full effect I strongly recommend using full screen here (click on the bottom rightmost square).