Sunday, March 11, 2012

Iceland: Day 3

We just got home from an outing to downtown Seattle and while we waited for the bus, Daniel and I remarked simultaneously about how much the weather reminded us of Reykjavik. 40 degrees, windy (thanks to the proximity to the water), constantly changing skies of rain and then sun and then rain again two minutes later.  We were really surprised by how much it felt like home in terms of the weather. We'd really expected it to be cold, but other than the day on the glacier and the Northern Lights hunt, I wore my normal clothes- even my totally unsensible open-on-the top shoes!

Anyway, day 3. Slept late, thanks to a very late arrival at the hotel the night before. Had another breakfast of yogurt and fruit from the store around the corner. Iceland had some excellent drinkable yogurt.  I used to do a lot of drinkable yogurt when I lived in Ukraine, and it was nice to get to have that as part of my breakfast again.  Yummy!

Then it was off to the old part of the city again.  Much the same as what we saw on Wednesday, but this time we were actually awake, whereas on Wednesday we were functioning on virtually no sleep. It was nice to just wander around and check out all the old buildings and sites. 

This sculpture reminded me of Ethan :)
Our favorite set of buildings- loved the colors!

Oldest timber building in Iceland

Parliament and a church

Catholic Church  
Museum of a famous Icelandic sculptor, whose name I am too lazy to look up at the moment

Loved these sculptures!

Sunset on our last night

Tired-out Daniel   
Even though we'd gone on a failed Northern Lights hunt the night before, we decided, based on the weather and Northern Lights forecast to buy tickets for another attempt on our last night. Better to give it a shot and fail than hear about the great sighting the next day! 

Unfortunately, it was another bust in terms of seeing the lights, but I'm still glad we went. We (and about 600 other people on a huge bunch of buses) headed out into a dark area, outside of Reykjavik. Then we walked down to the edge of the water and stood and watched. No lights, but we could see the stars for a long time. It was an incredible feeling just to be outside, breathing the air and hearing the water and being awed by the stars.  Not things that I do a lot in the city!  Unfortunately, the weather turned before the lights showed up.  And yes, we were very cold on this outing. Really the only time I was truly cold on the trip.

The reason for the cold and the clouds became evident when we woke up the next morning to see this!
Snow! And yes, this is taken in the morning. It's dark until 9 or so at this time of the year.

1 comment:

Stephanie Doyle said...

Great pics! I would love to visit Iceland one day!