Monday, September 17, 2018

Iceland - Days 5 + 6

On Saturday morning, we headed out for an Icelandic horseback riding experience with Íslenski Hesturinn. It was so amazing. We learned so much about the horses, most notably the fact that they genetically have two extra gaits - the tölt and the pace. Most horses only have three - walk, trot, canter. Maybe it's because I used to ride in high school, but this was super fascinating to me. You can watch this video to see what they look like. Brian can now check off horseback riding as a thing he's done!
After getting warmed back up with hot baths and showers, we headed back into the rain for some lunch at Supa (veggie and vegan soups served with the most delicious bread). I loved the painting on the front of their building and the little window nook with a table for one. I had the Malaysian soup - sweet potato, peanuts, tomatoes, onions, and ginger - it was so tasty!
After exploring the city on foot, we got ready and headed back out for dinner at the Fish Market. I started off with this incredibly tasty cocktail called the Dumbo which contained elephant sloe gin, yellow chartreuse, rose hip and lemon.
The amuse bouche was a delectable wonton with tuna crudo (served on a big rock). 
And then we moved on to the best veggie tempura I have ever eaten - perfectly salted and crispy - served with wasabi peas, wakame and jalapeno dressing.
We had sashimi (salmon, tuna, scallop, arctic char, ocean perch and sweet shrimp) that they poured liquid nitrogen into to keep chilled while we ate and the volcano langoustine maki - langoustine tartar with sesame oil, 7 spice and chili on top of maki roll with salmon and cucumber. Everything was so delicious!
On our last day, we woke up late and had breakfast before packing up. We walked around the city to see the Harpa (their performing arts hall) and the Sun Voyager. Afterwards, we headed to Hverfisgata for the most amazing pizza and cocktails. I had the "Who let the gin out?" which was divine - made from gin, tangerine shrub, lemon, carrots & honey, topped with a Fernet and lemon foam. Just incredible.
While this picture definitely doesn't do it justice, the pizza was so amazing - garlic oil, mozzarella, mushrooms, parmesan, and herbs. And the salad we had, so good - it had grass salad dressing, yum! We ate every smell!
Before heading to the airport, we stopped at Kaffibrennslan for coffees and traditional Icelandic donuts - the kleinur and the love ball (which is basically the same thing as the kleinur but with a few raisins tossed in). They were very dense and slightly sweet. Not my favorite but we had to try them out, obviously.

The trip was amazing and I would highly recommend heading to Iceland as soon as you get the chance. And, it looks like the direct flight from KC to Reykjavik might be sticking around for a little while, because maybe I was looking to book a return in May 2019, you know, checking for a friend. Take care and safe travels out there friends!

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