Friday, September 14, 2018

Iceland - Day 3

Before heading for our second overnight destination, we stopped at a few places along the way. Right around the corner from our hotel was the Reynisfjara Beach (black sand) and Hálsanefshellir Cave, which had more amazing basalt (see last post for explanation of that). I climbed up for a photo.
The next stop was Geysir, which is a bit touristy but still cool to see (I try to avoid the tour bus destinations but it's a small island - roughly the size of Kentucky). We were hiking around a little bit and I just happened to turn around and catch a geyser going off. Also, fun fact - Geysir is most well-known for having lent its name to geysers all around the world.
Not to be outdone by the waterfall sightings of the previous two days, Gulfoss did not disappoint (although I am not sure I agree with one website which claims that it rivals Niagara Falls). Also, the mist at this point was a bit thick, hence the slightly out of focus shot, but you can see a rainbow!
There was an awesome trail that went up and into the middle of the action - this is the back of the lower falls.
We drove quite awhile to get to Hótel Búðir which is situated on a lava field on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. This is the dining room where we had our best meal in Iceland so far.
I had the Sloe Black Death cocktail - Brennivin | Sloe Blueberry Gin | Thyme - which sounded quite bizarre when I ordered it, "I'll have the slow black death, please."
I also had the oven baked trout with two kinds of potatoes, fried kale in garlic butter, broccolini, and edible flowers. So yummy!
We shared the chocolate brownie for dessert - it was divine.
The view through the window of our room. We went to bed with our name on the Northern Lights wake up call list - fingers crossed that we'll have exciting tales to tell tomorrow!

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