Ending Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Details of the day: Our morning started like typical tourist. We had a european continental breakfast with some cold meats and wonderful breads. We then headed out to accomplish two immediate tasks, get cash and get information. We actually did this rather fast. Took a few snaps around town, found a tourist office, grabbed a handful of brochures and headed to the Saga Musuem. The museum tells a rather thorough story of the first 1000 years of Iceland history. I was impressed with how much Christianity had to play in many aspects of their history. Did you know that Iceland had a parliment over 1000 years ago?
We sought out a typical Reykjavik lunch and found a wonderful little hot dog stand. As Chicago boys we had to ask for one with everything – not even sure what everything was. It turned out to be a hotdog with raw onions, french fried onions, mayonaise, and a very sweet brown mustard. They were so good, we went back for seconds. The lady was so impressed that we liked them that much (we had to wait for 10 people who had formed a line in the time we eat our first ones), that she gave us two things extra – a discount and the inside scoop that the hotdogs were made from lamb. They were fantastic, not Gene and Jude’s fantastic, but still fantastic.
We drove around a bit, missed a ferry to an island off shore to see the sea birds and decided that we had enough of civilization. We headed to great outdoors. Time to see if the 4×4 could handle the roads. We got what we were looking for. Check out this photo of our first look down the gravel road.
Unfortunately for us, our adventure became a real adventure. While driving to miss a big pothole, we hit a rock that punctured TWO tires at once. We were literally in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, a few years ago, Iceland installed cell towers all over and we had a signal. 4 hours later and €700 later we have two new tires, a new friend who drives a tow truck. His name is Thor and he is my hero!
To finish on a high note, here a picture a beautiful church high on a hill in the city. The style takes its lead from the volcanic balsalt columns.
Plans for tomorrow: My brother arrives from an ovenight flight from Seattle, Washington, USA. We pick him up, and head out to take in the famous Golden Circle route. Waterfalls, geysirs and maybe a volcano sighting. Our first real day out and about with hiking books! Oh yeah, we have to go buy two new tires before we head out to the real wild trip on Thursday.