This is the third and final part of a series of posts about our visit to Iceland in March. Click Here for Part I. Click Here for Part II.
On the last blog entry, we were finishing our tour of the Myvatn region near Akureyri. This tour included an unexpected stop to see and pet the Icelandic horses. It was requested by another person on the tour, and we couldn’t have been more grateful when the tour operator agreed to it.
“Is it going to bite my hand?”
My husband had no fear at all. They became BFF’s.
Icelandic Horse doing what it likes best.
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When we arrived at Skjaldarvik Guest House-Click Here to Book It!
, we asked at the Front Desk about a good place for dinner to make a reservation. Well, we got more than that. They even made the reservation for us, and their recommendation was excellent (a Steakhouse in Downtown Akureyri).
After dinner, I decided I did not want to leave Akureyri the next day. I had fallen in love with the room, the views, the people that worked at the guesthouse, and with the city. I canceled the reservation in at least two more towns and decided that the Ring Road road trip was going to see some changes. That same night, just after midnight, we got a knock at the door to let us know we could see the Northern Lights. It was freezing, but at that moment it didn’t matter. I put a coat on and went outside. Sadly, I didn’t know you needed special techniques to take pictures of the Northern Lights, but that was not the time to be upset. I was living one of my dreams and faded into sleep again while watching the Lights from the window of our room.
The next day we planned a Snowmobile Adventure, and it was a blast. At first, I was a little hesitant, but after a few minutes, I was planning in my mind to move to a place with snow as an excuse to buy a snowmobile.
If you have a Snowmobile, I do envy you a little.
Everything has an ending, and it was time to leave Akureyri. However, we still had Vik in our plans, which is in the South of Iceland. On our way there, we stopped in Selfoss under a mixture of ice and rain. My husband is a chess fan, so our next stop was the Bobby Fischer museum. Bobby Fischer was a Chess Grandmaster considered by many the greatest chess player of all time, who had his most famous match in Iceland and also lived there the last years of his life. The movie Pawn Sacrifice (Watch it!)
is based on his life, if you feel like learning more about him.
In Selfoss, we also had to stop at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur for a “famous” Icelandic hotdog. They were good, but after being spoiled by the food in Reykjavik and Akureyri I wasn’t that impressed.
Scribbles at the Bobby Fischer Museum in Selfoss.
On our way to Vik, we encountered Skógafoss. I say encountered because we didn’t plan for it. We just saw it from the road and had to stop. We also had the great idea of climbing a trail that gives you a view from the top of the waterfall. If you didn’t notice, by a great idea I mean not a great idea. It was windy, cold and I almost lost my glasses. To make things worse, once we reached the top, I had a terrible ear pain that lasted an eternal 10 minutes.
As you can see, there was a little bit of green on the South.
View from the top of the trail in Skógafoss. Just trying to catch my breath.
After the unexpected amount of “exercise,” I was ready to arrive at Vik. We stayed at a comfy farm with a great breakfast called Sólheimahjáleiga Bed & Breakfast-Book It Here!
. The change in the landscape through the island it’s unbelievable, and even the soil looks entirely different from one area to another.
In our mission to find food, we saw the Vik Church, Reynisdrangar (basalt sea stacks), and Black Sand Beach. Sadly, the weather was not the best, and I was not able to obtain “Pinterestable” pictures. The wind was strong, and sometimes there was also rain. I was also aware that people have died to try to get a good picture of Black Sand Beach, which made me be more careful than usual.
Sand Black as Tar.
At the moment we left Vik, we still had two nights left in Reykjavik, which we spent at the Hotel Odinsve-Book It Here!
and 21 Hill Hotel-Book It Here!
. Most of the time left was spent browsing the beautiful shops in the city…and eating. I would definitely recommend for Breakfast: Bergsson Mathus and for Lunch & Dinner: Ostabudin and Old Iceland Restaurant (Reservations needed and encouraged!).
Finally, I need to show off these beauties that are now in my home and will always remind me of Iceland and how I need to go back to complete the Ring Road Adventure.
For the First Part of A March Adventure in Iceland – Click Here
For the Second Part of A March Adventure in Iceland – Click Here
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