|Cod liver oil|
Today we loaded up the car, then hit the hotel's dining room for its continental breakfast. There was a delicious and vast array of food, suitable for the timid and the daring. Cereals, eggs, sausages, two kinds of herring and loads of freshly sliced fruit.
I was brave, daring a swig of Icelandic cod liver oil that sat with beckoning shot glasses along side the varied breakfast fare. It was surprisingly good, fresh and light while having zero fish taste. Nice to easily get in one's spring tonic for 2017.
|Eldhraund Lava Field|
|To approach glacier, step one is cross the one lane wooden bridge|
|Erdhardt Lava Field|
|Ila photographs the glacier on the drive to face it 'one on one'|
The road down to the Svínafellsjökull Glacier had a bold sign, warning the road sucked. But we
gingerly drove down to the glacier and back which made us bold. So we started often veering off the Ring Road to drive out and look at what side treks from the area had to offer.
Waterfalls continued to be discovered, putting on loud & incredible displays of plummeting water.
|This poor waterfall had no name, I shall call it... 'Squishy'!|
|An Icleandic mesa, no doubt stolen from New Mexico|
Far off, a bridge was spotted, and and crossing it put one in a parking lot with melting glaciers
|Melting glacier field|
|Crowds in the distance park and view the melting glacier|
|Iceland Gull sails by|
|Some Eiders 'on the rocks' too|
|It was difficult saying 'bye bye' to the eiders|
Like I said, Wow. Was not expecting domestic Reindeer or wild Caribou, whichever they are. The herd wasn't far from some more obviously domesticated sorts.
|Yes, more Icelandic Ponies/Horses|
|Second 'hit' of wild caribou or domestic reindeer|
|There was something 'youngish' about these deer|
|The name Höfn means 'Harbor'|
|Another of these beauties - European Golden Plover|
|a colorful Redwing|
At a marsh next to the harbor, a Common Snipe busily hunted worms and such.
It doesn't seem like a trip to me if I don't see and photograph animals. After enjoying the harbor, the day ended with dinner at Pakkhús, a restaurant. Meals in Iceland are wildly expensive, with a modest meal costing around $40 - $50 or more. On the bright side, wait staff in Iceland are paid full salaries so they do not depend on tipping. In Iceland tipping truly is optional. I wish we had that system in the States.
|Ila enjoying dinner after a glacier & waterfall packed day|