October 31, 2016

Iceland 3

Journey Back to Civilization




The waterfall that you can walk behind. We didn’t walk along the path that laid before us, it was extremely windy and cold. There is a hidden waterfall behind it, Gljufrabui. Find it by crossing a stream and behind a rock wall.
Just to the left of Seljalandsfoss, are two examples of the rest of Iceland in September. I think we saw about 50-75 waterfalls PER DAY.



Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, the most famous hot dog in Iceland. There are fried onions underneath, topped with ketchup, sweet mustard, raw onion and remolaði, a mayonnaise-based sauce with sweet relish. 400 ISK each, cash only.
Icelandic hardfiskur is dried cod fish that is skinless and boneless. High protein but not a high taste. It’s not as salty as the Asian variety and not as chewy as jerky.
Smoked Puffin Breast with mustard sauce, at 3 Frakkar Restaurant, Downtown. It was delicious!
Raw Whale Sashimi at 3 Frakkar. I loved this dish. It tastes like tuna, with the consistency of beef.
Hákarl, a fermented shark that smells like Formaldehyde. Tastes like it too.
Brennivín, Iceland’s signature liquor is a clear, unsweetened schnapps. It’s best described by its nickname, “Black Death”. Reyka, a vodka distillery started in Borgarnes using water drawn from a lava field. It’s a “green vodka” made from glacial water using sustainable energy from geothermal heat. Try both of these, you’ll only like one.


Our FAVORITE place to stay in Iceland is Englendingavik. This Airbnb is a guesthouse on the water in Borgarnes.


The perfect Icelandic charcuterie plate for the perfect Icelandic sunset. Lamb pate, local cheeses and Icelandic caviar of course! All purchased from Krónan, the local grocery store.
Icelandic sunsets last about 2 glorious hours in the last week of September.


Aurora Borealis Kp index this evening was 6.0!!!

It was such a significant forecast that the city of Reykjavik shut off ALL city lights for one hour this particular evening.

Wish I had a wider lens and a wider knowledge on photography, but here are my attempts at capturing one of the most incredible moments of my life…

The entire town of Borgarnes’ water supply is from geothermal hot springs. It feeds the hot tub we’re sitting in as well as local swimming pools. Every faucet is from the glacier, no filters or fees needed.

There is no need to purchase drinking water in Iceland. We filled up at each waterfall and faucet that we encountered.

Read the last Iceland post here.

All photos taken by Melllypoo via Canon 6D and iPhone 6.