Part 1 - Iceland
|Here is ALL of our luggage for 27 days! I could write a whole how-to blog now about packing lightly for 7!|
(Kyrie's comments in blue as usual.) I like Icelandair too, they handed everyone a bottle of water upon entry and there was a blanket and pillow waiting on each seat. They do live up to their reputation of having hard seats though. I sat on my folded blanket rather than covering up with it.
Next was breakfast from a bakery near the airport. That was the first time it really felt like we were in another country. Everyone was speaking Icelandic and the signs were all in Icelandic as well. Luckily, they spoke good English and all the food was on display so it was easy enough to figure out what we should get. I also had no idea how much the money in Iceland is worth, so it was kind of hard to know what to get.
|A latte for Kyrie and a cinnamon loaf for all to share|
Near noon now, we thought it would be a good idea to drive to Reykjavik to the famous hot dog stand, Baejarins Beztu Pylsur for lunch. We found it but it took forever to find a parking spot and we were hesitant to wake up Zach, Ella, and Max. Finally, we found a very close spot and Marc and Jacob proceeded to the very long line while I waited in the car with the sleepers. They woke up just in time to grab the hot dogs at the front of the line. It was fun to try them, and the crunchy onions were good, but the sweet mustard was difficult to get used to as was knowing the meat is mostly lamb (I think.) The Z's wouldn't try them. Max liked them plain.
Iceland is known for their hot dogs, and they are interesting. They are topped with ketchup, sweet mustard, remoulade, crisp fried onion and raw onion. Also, they are made mostly from lamb. Overall, I thought they were fine, but not something I would choose to eat in the future.
The parking in Reykjavik is difficult. It's almost all street parking and the streets are quite narrow in spots. There are a lot of one way roads (and some that should be). I had to quickly learn the street signs which are all different than the United States. Also, I can't pronounce any street names, so even with the phone telling me where to turn it's really hard to find my way around.
Reykjavik is a nice city, there are a lot of little shops and restaurants and the buildings are nice to see. Half the population of Iceland lives in this city, but that's still not a huge amount of people and the city is spread out a lot. The downtown area is quite large and could have used some better street planning, but it's a really nice place to visit.
|Oh yeah, we stopped at this Te & Kaffi place so that Ella could spill her hot cocoa all over Zoe.|
Jacob - The blue lagoon was fine the hot dogs were tribal (pretty sure that was an auto-fill problem and that he meant terrible, but we thought it was hilarious and appropriate.) Commentary in pink is Jacob's input.
After our tribal lunch, we found the house we are renting and got unloaded. We found this house through Airbnb, It's listed as Luxurious City Villa. The owner had sent us the code to get the key a couple of days ago, so we were able to walk right in when we arrived.
The first thing we realized after we walked in, was that this wasn't just some place that Unmar rented out to people. He apparently actually lives there whenever it's not being rented. We knew that some of the Airbnb places were like that, but we didn't realize it about any of the places we rented for this trip. So, who knows, maybe our places in France and Spain are like that too. It's not a big deal, but it was a surprise to see a refrigerator with opened food and closets filled with other people's clothes!
Anyway, the house is quite nice. It's very close to Reykjavik and it has a nice patio area. The beds are comfortable and other than having a hard time figuring out European light switches and appliances, we are making ourselves quite at home here.
I don't like how all of their stuff is still here.
When we got settled in, we headed back to Reykjavik for an early dinner, hoping to get done early and get to bed before everyone got too cranky from our lack of sleep last night.
|Being back in the car, quickly knocked out Zach and Zoe|
Upon exiting Hallgrimskirkya we saw the Waffle Wagon and the kids ended up eating a very sugary dinner.
September 4, 2016
21:00 and I should be in bed, but I have to wait for the washer, so that I can get the clothes in the dryer!
Location: Unmar's House
|Unmar's cat (on the patio) was displaced by our stay as well!|
The drive without stops would be 3 1/2 hours, so with stops it takes most of the day.
The scenery around Iceland is beautiful in a very simple kind of way and the pictures just really don't do it justice. There are mountains everywhere and so many sheep wandering around. Also, there are 100,000 of these little Viking horses, in a country than only has 300,000 people!
We spent quite a bit of time here climbing and exploring the area.
|You can't really tell but we're standing on one side of the continental divide, with the other 30 feet behind us. It blends in!|
Form there we continued on the drive for quite a while...
The original Geysur is no longer active. This was what all other geysers are named after. This is Strokkur, Geysur's little brother and close to where Geysur was situated. It erupts about every 6-10 minutes. We saw a double blow while we were there less than a minute apart. Very cool! There are also smaller geysers nearby. The US has two geysers bigger than Strokkur. It really makes me want to see them now!
|Then we stopped in the gift shop for ice cream!|
And then this one...
|Kyrie talked Zach into staying at the top with her while I took the other kids down to the lake at the bottom of the crater|
|The big kids and Marc at the lake in the crater|