|Denise and David in Europe
Iceland - Holmavik, Reykjavik
updated 14 October 2016
Wednesday 12 October - Blonduos to Holmavik
A cold rainy day. Well not
much to see today as we whisk along from the north
of Iceland into the north-west. Pictured in
Blonduos as we leave the rather small town.
(Well so we thought - it had 2 restaurants -
Holmavik has one if you are there in time -
otherwise.... pick up something at the petrol
First (and only stop) 30 minutes
in - was the Kolugfufur falls, Not a huge walk
this time and spectacular views once again.
Looking downstream from the falls.
And back on the road for the two
hour drive to Holmavik. Denise finds her spots
of nature along the way.
Nearly there... hmmmmm shows the
way back to Reykjavik tomorrow - only 233 km -
looking forward to the 8km tunnel. We had
better turn right now.
And here is the tiny town of
Holmavik. It only took 40km of bumpy gravel
road to get there.... but we got there.
So why Holmavik you ask?
Because it features the Museum of Sorcery and
Witchcraft! Literally that is all it
features. The musuem also doubles as the only
restaurant in town.
Denise was in her element
here. But she was quick to use her magic on
Pictured below an authentic 17th
century witches broom preserved over the years in
the museum which is as old as it is. It is
carefully fastened to the wall to stop it flying
away. The broom took an immediate shine to
Denise. She was swept off her feet.
We tried to check into our (ummmm) room but it was all locked tight and a note on the door said to come back at 4pm. So we sat at the bay in the rain and proceeded to watch three episodes of the Patty Duke Show with surround sound in the car while we waited.
Better leave now or we will miss the only restaurant in town.
Tomorrow we drive back to Reykjavik (civilisation) so we can catch a 6am flight to Paris the following day. Did I say 6am. Yep - 6am. Let's see wake Denise at 3:30am.
Thursday 13 October - Holmavik to Reykjavik
No breakfast offered at this abode
... so let's get out of this town! We exited
through the mud of the town square to a good
highway, route 61, 60 and then route 1 into
Reykjavik - a three hour tour!
Scenery along the way follows.
Can't beat the ever present volcanic features of
The waterfall of the day. No
name... just somewhere between here and there.
I must admit Iceland must be the capital of
waterfalls of the world next to the South Island of
New Zealand of course.
Ahhhhhhhh through the mountain
mist..... Iceland in its glorious splendor.
Then over the next hill was the
surprise that Denise was waiting for. Her
first live volcano. Time for a selfie!
Finally something to warm us
up.... although only temporarily...lets get the heck
outa here !!!!!!!
We stopped for coffee. Denise says we just missed a great walk. So I do a 'U' turn and we investigate further. Lets follow these steps.... still looking like a great little climb. Ten minutes later we saw where it went - up into the far distance to the top of the mountain. Errrrrr .... I don't think so. Not today we didn't want another Ireland 'bog' incident for us as it was raining and getting pretty muddy and we ran out of steps!
Back to the car. 40km on to
the tunnel. Well I was stumped. There
was no bridge across the 6km bay. There was no
ferry. Google did not show a crossing.
How did the road go across? A 6km tunnel under
the bay. Awesome!
We got to Reykjavik. We left
really early to get to Reykajavik early to enjoy the
rest of the day catching up on things we didn't see
the first time around. We had no luck at the
Harpa Arts Centre. Every time we lined up for
tickets to their movie presentation of Iceland, the
girl selling tickets was on the phone and nobody
else was selling. The queue was at least 12 or
so people long - and hence we missed the show twice!
Grrrrrrr horrible customer service at the Arts
Centre!!!! (The Iceland 360 degree
presentation starts every half hour). We had
the same problem when we first came into Reykajavik
so it was really three times we missed this show.
So Denise went off to the Saga Museum which featured an historical representation of Iceland history. (pictured below)
Denise found her way into
A view of downtown Reykjavik.
The Settlement Centre which
featured ancient manuscripts of Icelandic history -
called "The Sagas". Pictured below is what was
called a contract. There were five main manuscripts
On the way to the airport - we
looked at this neat Viking Hotel.
A quick look at a local art
gallery and finally we make it to the airport hotel.
No waiting about for this check in. This Hotel
is walking distance to the terminal in the
morning. Car filled up and returned.
Thrifty Car Rental in Iceland turned out to be the
best of all the three car rentals we had here,
England and Ireland.
I appeared to have missed three
fighter jets taking off 30 seconds apart at the
airport but Denise assured me it was a sight to
behold. They took off a bit too quick for a
Tomorrow morning Paris here we
Friday 14 October - Reykjavik to Paris
The alarms went off at
3:45am. We quickly were off to the
airport. The 6am flight left at 6:40am.
Not too bad. We did get to see a good sunrise
over the ocean in the sky.
Soon we were about to land in Paris.