Wednesday, June 11, 2014

#645 Iceland

Iceland is my new favorite.

We're lucky that we have 3 days to spend in this beautiful country, docking in Reykjavik, Isafjordur, and Akureyri.  Many folks on our month-long voyage are most looking forward to our time in Iceland and the weather gods are smiling on our enthusiasm!

Reykjavik, the capital and largest city, offers us sunny skies, an open air museum (Arbaejarsafn),
 and this beautiful lupine.  Though it is not native to Iceland, it's everywhere and I like it.
Isafjordur, a town of only 2600 inhabitants in the northwest of the country, doesn't see many cruise ships since most are too large for this small port.  The rewards for arriving by small ship are sunny skies, spectacular glacier views,

and the best fish in Iceland - perhaps in all the world.  The chef at Tjoruhusid asked us what we wanted and we asked him to give us a sample.  We feasted on cod cheeks, plaice, catfish and Viking beer (the local Iceland beer.)

Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland with 17,754 citizens, is just the right size.   Just south of the Arctic Circle, Akureyri boasts the northernmost botanic garden, a stunning fjord, a beautiful harbor,
and kite flying!

Yours in loving Iceland,

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