Sunday, our third day in Iceland was pretty low key. We went to mass in the morning, which was right across the street from our house. Then I think we went to lunch somewhere nearby, but I don’t remember where. We also made a stop at the Reykjavik flea market, where we bought some lava bead bracelets and some wool items. The prices were definitely the best we found for both wool and lava items. There were many regular flea market stands (books, used clothing, misc junk) mixed in with the Icelandic items. There is also a food market in there, but we didn’t make it into that part, so I’m not sure if there is anything worth while in there. It’s only open on Saturdays and Sundays, but definitely worth a visit.
After a rest back at the house, we were scheduled to go on a Puffin Tour, but it ended up getting cancelled due to very rough seas (which according to the tour company only happens about once a month). Since we were down by the harbor, we took a walk over to the Harpa Center, which is a super cool looking building that hosts lots of different performing arts.
The girls and Matt ate dinner at the house, and I went out with my family. We ate at Public House, which was an interesting experience. The experience is kind of like tapas, where you order a bunch of small plates of things to share, but there were some interesting combinations. It was a bit of Icelandic/Asian fusion with dumplings and reindeer croquettes. Then early to bed for everyone.
Monday we had another bus tour planned, this time to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It was quite a drive just to get there, but boy was it worth it. This was my personal favorite day because just about everywhere we went was not crowded and there was so much open space and unique beauty. I would definitely try to get here if possible. As you drive through the countryside there are oodles of sheep and horses out the window. Most of my out the window pictures aren’t great, but some didn’t turn out too bad.
Our first stop was to see some seals lying along the coast. The girls loved climbing on the rocks out to see the seals. Some of the seals were very close and we loved just watching them. The girls favorite was the ‘banana’ seal. Beatrice needed to go dip her fingers into the ocean. It was definitely chilly on the coast and we were glad to have our winter hats with us and wind breakers/rain jackets.
We made a quick stop to a small waterfall somewhere along the way. Many of the stops on today’s tour were very small and not very busy with people, which was nice, but I don’t know if I will be able to find the names of the places, but I’ll try (Matt used google maps to mark our locations and drives the whole time).
All along the drives we would pass through these lava fields that are now covered in moss. I just thought they were so unique and beautiful. They definitely look like where you would imagine trolls live.
Our next stop was some rocky cliffs. When we stopped there were lots of arctic terns flying around and our guide jumped out and picked up a baby for the girls to see and pet. There were definitely lots of possible fall locations at this stop, and unlike most places in the USA, there aren’t roped off areas you can’t go, you just have to use your common sense. So if you have wild runner kids, make sure to keep your hand on them.
We made another stop at another place along the coast line. This stop had some playground equipment scattered along the walking paths and some whale bones for us to see. The girls are holding up a whale rib bone. Dandelions were also plentiful here.
Next up we visited a black sand (rock) beach. There were rock formations to climb on and also the ocean to dip their toes into.
Next up was finally lunch. By the time we ate it was nearly 4 pm, so everyone was hungry! Thankfully we brought lots of snacks with us, but I was starting to run out because I did not expect we would eat lunch so late. It was a full day. The last few stops turned into mostly just stopping to take pictures and then heading back. We were wiped out. There were more places we had planned to go that day, but didn’t quite reach it. Our guide says he always wants to show everyone every beautiful thing, but there just isn’t enough time in one day trip. I think this mountain is called church mountain.
And finally we end with a map of where we went.