Iceland Travelogue: Day 4 August 11, 2016

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Þingeyri. Photo by Jamie Simo.

It rained pretty hard this morning, so I was grateful I’d packed my rain jacket and waterproof pants. I still think this hotel was my favorite so far. It used to be a school.  I’m guessing a boarding school as our hotel in Ísafjörður is clearly still a boarding school in the off-months. There are 2 desks in our room and no pictures or other hotel amenities. The city itself is colorful and it’s the biggest in the Westfjords. It reminds me of the old Lego City sets and I guess it would because they are also European.

We drove up the coast from Látrabjarg and stopped at the Sea Monster Museum in Bildudalur. It was fantastic and fun. We picked up more postcards there and finally wrote some that we posted.

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The main waterfall of the Dynjandi series of waterfalls. There are seven falls in total. Photo by Jamie Simo.

There weren’t many big stops on our drive today, but we stopped a lot for scenery. The highlight of that was Dynjandi, the biggest waterfall in the Westfjords. Dynjandi is actually a collection of waterfalls, each with its own name. It’s definitely a tourist trap, but that didn’t spoil its grandeur. It was annoying to see someone flagrantly ignoring the barrier around some plants to take pictures. Ugly Americans.

We drove all the way to Ísafjörður before we ate, so I was pretty hungry. I really wanted to try the horse at the titular hotel, but they told us dinner was at 6:00pm then switched it to 6:30pm and I had to eat. There’s a cleverly-named restaurant called Thai Koon. Not the Thai we’re used to, but decent for fast food.

All the shops in Europe close early, so we went back to the room and watched Trumbo on the tablet. We can sleep in tomorrow; the Arctic Fox Museum is 20 minutes from the hotel and our entry time is 10:00am.

 

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