Less Drama but Still Dramatic
Updated: Nov 21, 2020
Yesterday we woke to a beautiful calm clear day. It was time to head out with the drone to capture a bit more of the town without the scary wind of the glacier mentioned in a previous post. It was less exciting, but I can do without heart attacks as a general rule. The photogenic town was fun to fly.
The bottom left is a photo of the park where I did my "rappelling" in a previous post.
The last photo is an elf house. I hope to get around to writing a blog post about them.
We left our sweet guest house and headed south of Reykjavik. If you're coming to Iceland, I can wholeheartedly recommend Guesthouse Steinhusid and the little town of Holmavik.
On the way back south, we stopped to hike in the Grabrok craters (also called Grabrokargigar) which were protected as natural monuments in 1962 to preserve the three scoria cones. The smallest of the three was partially removed by mining. They are believed to be a bit under 3,600 years old.
Along the roadsides, one can see many Icelandic horses. According to Wikipedia, It is a breed developed in Iceland from ponies brought here by Norse settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries. They are long-lived and hardy and they have few diseases. Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. They have two gaits in addition to the typical walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. Icelandic horses are the only breed of horse here, but they are also popular internationally, and sizable populations exist in Europe and North America. They are still used for traditional sheepherding work, for leisure, for racing and showing. Such beautiful animals!
We made it yesterday evening to our last Airbnb of Iceland in the small town of Keflavik. It is home to the International airport where we will be flying out tomorrow morning just after daybreak. It has been an extremely rainy and windy day today, so we did travel planning and drove around to see the old lighthouse, built in 1897, and the shipyard, and not much more. Kind of nice to have a relaxing day today!
Stay tuned for where Coffeys2Go are headed next.
Hugs from Keflavik!