18.09.2014 - 19.09.2014 10 °C
We made it! Minor glitch at Toronto airport. Made us want to say FOCUS a few times! Long flight and not much sleep. Lots of help at Keflavik airport. we get preboarding and then of course we are the last off the plane. BUT get Lorri into the wheelchair and watch out! The helper wheels us past ALL the lines, right to the front. Passport control, we're first. Security check, we're first. Grey, wet, rainy and cool. Just like home! LOL Arrived at Our House Guest House. As promised Bedda had a key waiting for us at the door. My name spelled correctly, we're off to an excellent start. The guest house is warm and cozy. 3 of the other guests are having breakfast and introductions all around. Lorri and I are feeling a bit like zombies because our clocks think it's 4am. We collapse on the couches and wait for Bedda to arrive. Our room is occupied by a woman from England, whose name I forget, my bad. 1030ish we crawl into bed and sleep until around 1. Walked up to Halgrimmskirka. Had lunch at Cafe Loki. Bought a few groceries to make supper. Evan and Lynn from Toronto had returned from a Golden Circle tour so we shared pictures and trip plans. They will be in Akureyri at the same time we are. Made supper at Our House. Now we're both feeling like packing it in but that would be such a waste of a Friday night in Reykjavik! Called a taxi to take us to Cafe Rosenberg. Incredibly talented swing quartet played until midnight. Dan Cassidy Swing Kvartett.
Day 2. I wake up at 630, heard someone upstairs and it's daylight so I got up. Plan is for me to walk to Sixt and pick up the rental at 9. Got just a wee bit lost so what should have been a 30 minute walk ended up being 50. Saw a lot of Reykjavik, big grin! Our rental car is an itty bitty Chevy Spark and it's a brilliant neon green.
Back to Our House I get lots of practice with roundabouts. I'm a wimp to start with and take the first out on several of them which means I've turned right instead of going straight through or turning left. Saw lots more of Reykjavik!
It's still early when I get back to Our House, not quite 10 and I'm needing a nap. Oops, we didn't wake up until 1230. Hey, we're on vacation so who cares really. We got the car all packed up. Met Bedda's sister, Lovi, who has come to take care of the guest house, said our goodbyes and we hit the road. Head for the harbour while Lorri swears at the GPS. It still thinks we're in Thunder Bay. Thankfully there are lots of road signs and we get onto highway 1. Every access to the highway is a roundabout, lots and lots of practice!
6 km tunnel is impressive. Our first stop is Bogarnes. Most expensive cafe so far. Picked the cheapest things on the menu and back on the road. Side trip to Reykholt to check out Snorristoffa (Snorri Stuff). Steam vents all over the place. Back on the road, next stop is Gauksmyri Lodge near Hvammstangi. Made it just in time for a delicious lamb dinner. One beer each and we´ve had it. Time for bed.
Day 3. Up at the ass crack of dawn! Just me, Lorri is still sleeping. Head for the breakfast room and coffee and blogging. Really getting into this. Actually getting quite wordy. Excellent buffet breakfast. Lorri and I are now waiting for our turn at horse back riding. Yes, we are going horse back riding. Johann says 'no problem'. Tune in to the next installment to find out how it turns out!