Iceland.……..again!

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Who would have guessed that I would have a chance to visit Iceland twice within a year.  Certainly not me.  So just how did this happen…………..

  • Each fall Eric goes deer hunting, leaving me at home.
  • I have a friend that enjoys traveling and is game for anything.
  • I was commenting (ok, maybe that’s not quite strong enough word) that I would be stuck at home.
  • A suggestion was made – somewhat in jest – and was quickly accepted!  Voila!  A trip was planned for the Land of Fire & Ice.

This trip required some different prep for shoes (water-proof desired) and clothing based upon the time of year – mid November.  I also had a helper when I was packing.

We called for an Uber to get to the airport and spent a bit of time at The Club MCO Lounge with our Priority Pass privilege to grab some snacks and drinks.

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Before you knew it, we were on the flight and heading north-ish, then east.

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The trip was uneventful.  Iceland was experiencing some heavy winds and flights from Europe were either delayed or canceled.  Since we wouldn’t be landing for 7+ hours, we were good to go.

A snack mid-way tied me over until landing.  The beer was a special holiday beer available for a limited time – it was tasty.

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The Kevflak Airport was empty.  I believe we were the first overseas flight to arrive.  We were greeted by this.

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Since we’re staying only one night before heading out, Eric found the Storm Hotel with availability, breakfast included.  We paid for the previous day so that we could crash for a few hours as soon as we arrived – good idea!  Right after breakfast.

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Sleep, a shower, a change of clothes and we were ready for our walking food tour, which met at the Harpa – their concert hall.

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But not before a quick stop at the Sun Voyager statue.


D747119A-E992-4F87-AF1F-732BE309444AI had heard about these rock sculptures after my last trip, but had no idea their location………right next to Harpa and the bay.

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This was the ‘same’ tour that Eric and I did when we arrived – however, not exactly.  A few stops were the same and a few were not.  The route was also a bit different.  First a traditional Icelandic soup and bread – described as comfort food and every recipe is different, depending on what your grandmother put in the soup.  🙂

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We have an interesting group:  a couple from UK (next to Adrienne), older couple from Miami, FL (opposite them), our guide and one young lady traveling by  herself also from UK.

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Here the tour deviated somewhat.  A very ‘touristry’ thing to try is fermented shark.  A capped bottle of cubed pieces was brought out, along with some fish jerky.

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I couldn’t do it, but Adrienne could!

Second stop was  smoked salmon, smoked lamb and rye bread ice cream.

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Third stop was a repeat from my earlier food tour Meisson, specializing in seafood.  There was a seafood mash and grilled arctic char.

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Followed by the ever-popular Icelandic hot dog……at an outdoor food stand, open year-around.

Our last stop appealed to the sweet tooth in all of us – well, maybe in most of us.   The coffee was most appreciated after walking in the chilly temps and wet weather.

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Adrienne and I walked around the downtown and she noticed this phenomenon………..snow!  Who would have guessed, snow in Iceland in November. Ha!

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After we wandered through a few shops, we had a fabulous meal which will be revealed in my next post.  Between both of us, it was hard to rank our favorite dish.

Ginny

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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