Tuesday, December 30, 2014

the third big day, or more consonants!

We began the next day in Þingvellir National Park, a hugely important site in Icelandic history for reasons I frankly don't feel like explaining. Please peruse this Wikipedia article at your leisure. We were torn at Þingvellir between the desire to see the site (which is also where the North American and Eurasian plates are drifting away from each other, so geology) and the desire to get out of the cold driving rain and onto other adventures. 

Other adventures won.

We decided to drive that day to Stykkishólmur, a fishing town on the northern end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. More consonants! On the way, we wanted to do some hiking, so we pulled over to the side of the road in a nearly random location and climbed up a really big hill.

These pictures don't do the view justice, but trust me: it was worth it.

This multiple-hour hike was followed by more driving! We saw these signs pretty often. I think they're self-explanatory.

In every single picture I took of Ross in Iceland he looks like a completely intrepid adventurer. Which, of course, he is.

After driving driving driving we made it to Stykkishólmur just in time to admire the boats and the island of Stykkið, which means "the piece" in Icelandic. Here, a note about Icelandic names. They tend not to be terribly imaginative, which means that a tourist like me can pick certain things up pretty easily. Here, by memory (five months later!) are some Icelandic terms:

  • Foss: Waterfall
  • Jökul: Glacier
  • Vatn: Water (often seen in lakes)
  • Vík: Bay
  • Fell: Mountain
Stykkið is the rocky island you can see in these next two photos.

It was beautiful.

Later that evening (10:30? 11:00? Something late; this was the farthest north we went and so had the brightest nights) we took some pictures at this bay and turned in for the evening. Good night, Iceland.

Not pictured: 

  1. The most amazing hot dogs in the known universe
  2. Liam and his boyfriend, Nick, who we ran into in town! Iceland is very small, and because of the conference, we ran into people everywhere
  3. Steven Seagal. But don't worry; he was there
Next up, Chapter Eight, in Which Your Intrepid Explorers Discover the Most Beautiful Place In The World.  

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