14.10.2015 - 15.10.2015
Day 2, October 14
Woke up to cloud and sun. Feel lucky once again.
Drove down to the beach to take pictures of the Sun Voyageur sculpture, then went to Harpa, the large convention/music building. It is quite beautiful, all made of glass. They have a show you can watch which is a 360 surround show. A bit disorienting when they are moving forward. It shows many of the special sights in Iceland, so if you can't get far from Reykjavik it lets you see them, or gives you an idea of places you might like to go.
After we came out we decided to drive out to Reykjanes Peninsula as the sun was shining. The first place on the way out is Hafnorfjordur where they have a Viking Village with church and longhouse. There was also another lovely white church next door.
I needed batteries for my camera so went into a Subway to ask where a store was. There was a group of girls giggling and just outside the doors. They followed me in, and with much giggling and gasping from the others, one of the girls took her cup and took hot chocolate from the machine. I gathered she was snitching it as there was no employee around. They were very shocked when I said "You girls can help me!", but smiled when I asked about batteries. They told me we could go to Kronan's, a large grey house.
We got lost and turned around, but found the store and decided to buy food as well as the batteries. We saw a nice package of small round balls of cheese that was divided in two. Upon opening it at the apartment found out the round balls were cooked potatoes.Big haha on us.
The countryside driving to Krysuvik was through the Geopark, a large area of lichen and scrub covered lava fields. Some amazing colors! We passed by an open pit mine where they were taking out black lava. I assume it was for roads as most of the roads have a black lava base, that we could see.
Just before Krysuvik we saw a herd of Icelandic horses in a field. There were a couple of cyclists petting/feeding them. We decided to stop as well and the horses came right over to say hi. They were very friendly to us and you could see that there was definitely a top horse. Some of the horses had fairly violent squabbles. They would back up so their back ends were touching and start kicking, sometimes adding in a few bites.
We drove a bit farther and came to Settun, a small a geothermal crater. Years ago they drilled for power but in 1999 it plugged up and exploded, leaving a small crater with small pools and vents. The water coming out of the ground is over 100%. Above the crater, there is a large vent that has a pipe going to abandoned Krysuvik.
We drove into Krysuvik because it was our destination. A blue house with a cool totem pole and what looked like a bunkhouse, with a small generator fed by a pipe coming from the large vent above.
Looking over the land from this vantage point we could see Lake Keifarvatn, a lake in a crater with beautiful blue waters caused by warmth loving plankton. We also saw the cyclists, bedding down for the night in the middle of nowhere. We did not envy them as it was cold, and wondered if their tent would survive the night with the windy conditions.
We returned to Reykjavik as it was too late to go farther and decided to go out for dinner. The Thai restaurant was closed so we went to a Nepalese place, a block away. We were the last patrons because the owner said everyone was tired. They had just come back from holiday in Nepal. He had also gone to India where he buys all his spices. The food was good but 2 small dishes of curry (a cup each?) with a cup of rice each and 2 Chai tea was 7190ISK or almost 77.00 cad.
After that we ate scrambled eggs and veggies cooked at the apartment.