Iceland day #5 & #6

Tuesday was the worst day weather wise for us. It was rainy and at some points very, very windy (40 mph gusts, 20-30 mph sustained). We started the day by going to the Settlement Exhibit which was just two blocks from our house. The long house that is located in the museum was discovered in 2001 during some renovations and dates to the 900s! It was excavated at the original location and the museum built on top of it. The museum was pretty dark inside, probably to preserve the house, but it was kind of hard to see, but still cool to see something so old. They had a table with some fun kids activities including digging for fossils, some viking games, coloring pages, and some swords and shields. The girls weren’t all that interested, but it was free for kids, so it was a win to be out of the rain and cold for a bit.

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Then we headed towards the church, which involves walking up a street filled with shops and restaurants. We stopped for lunch at a yummy Thai restaurant and had one of our more affordable meals. The food was definitely better than any Thai we can get near us (except for going into Philly or NYC).

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Then we finally made it to the church just as the winds really picked up. I thought the kids might blow over it was blowing so much. We went into the church for a bit, but it wasn’t all that much to see inside. It was very plain and it’s claim to fame is the giant organ (my dad went to see an organ concert another day).

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While we were there we took the elevator to the top of the church to see the city. The top has opening for air to flow through, so it was super windy up there, so we didn’t last very long up there before we headed back down. Just enough time for a few pictures.

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Matt headed home with the youngest two who were quite tired and cold. I walked slowly back down the shopping street with the older two and we stopped in oodles of stores to look for souvenirs.

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After that everyone slowly made their way back to the house where we stayed the rest of the day. The weather was just miserable and since we had no where specific to be, we decided we didn’t want to go explore in the miserable weather. We sent out two people to pick up pizza for dinner. The pizza was actually surprisingly good.

Wednesday it was off for our last day tour, which promised lots of rain. We stopped at two waterfalls that we could get up close and personal with. One required climbing on rocks in the water through a canyon in the mountain. Matt took Beatrice in first on his back and then Eloise wanted to go in as well. The rest of us just watched.

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Then we walked toward another waterfall. This one we all managed to walk behind. I left my camera at the bottom with my parents since it was quite wet and I didn’t want to ruin it. Matt took a picture of us back there, but then his phone shut off due to the moisture and the picture seems to have disappeared. So we only have these pictures of the approach. We got quite wet on this part of the journey and waterproof pants would have been nice to have.

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We stopped for lunch at the base of another waterfall and had a delicious meal. When we left it was raining quite hard and since we were still wet from the previous waterfall we opted not to get out and walk up to the next waterfall. I wish we had some waterproof pants so we could have done more this day, but alas we didn’t.

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Next stop was another black sand beach with stunning caves and views of puffins! Again it was raining quite a lot, so we didn’t stay too long to explore, but it was beautiful and we got to see puffins, which was pretty cool. They are much smaller than I thought they would be and they fly very fast.

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After a stop at a factory store, we headed back home tired and wet. It was a nice day, but the stops were much more crowded with people and the weather kind of put a bit of a damper on the day.

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