Iceland – Meeting on Another Planet XXI
After a long time we slept in we woke at 9:30. Night was peaceful only one thing was unpleasant, that is air temperature in couchettes which was more than 30 degrees Celsius. It is not optimal given the combination of air temperature on the deck – too hot in the cabins, too cold outside.
29. 8. 2013
It is possibleto ask for tax returns from your shopping on Iceland. If you kept tax receipts then you have to fill a certain document, include the receipts and then they return you axes. You get DKKs, not ISKs so you would pay with them on the ship. They give you 15% and only from purchases above 4000 ISK.
Our lunch is in the restaurant on the second floor. As on our way to Iceland we can choose from couple of options including salad . You pay only for beverages. At 15:00 we land on the Faeroe Islands at the city of Thorshavn. We have to return back to the ship at 19:45 and the ferry set sails at 21:00. We go to visit the city. This time weather is better than during our first visit. Torshavn is located on Stremoy island. It is the capital and the largest city of the Faeroes.
The walk starts at the port. We see luxurious yachts and small boats anchored at the Atlantic shore. There are many container ships supplying the Faeroes with all kinds of goods. Yet the biggest ship there is without any doubt Norröna.
We walk in narrow streets, for the last time enjoying small turf roofed houses; in the shopping mall in Niel Niels Finsens Gota street, we see offerings of local butiques, sometimes someone buys a small souvenir. We return to the town park through which flows a gentle stream. We climb up to paintings gallery, then we return while stopping at the library. There they serve perfect coffee. They even have free internet, which is good.
At around 19 o’clock we are back at the ship getting ready to set sails. I spend my time on the deck. There we have great vista of the town, so we can make some of the last pictures. Northern gannet make us company. You can observe gannets in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Even more you can see them above the shores than on the ocean. They have very aerodynamically shaped body which helps them to hunt. White body gets cream yellow on the head. Very distinct is black colour around the eyes.
The evening we spend in the restaurant on the third floor. Every night young artists perform there, they present folk songs as well as world art. Some of them are very talented thus It is very pleasant to listen to their music.
Next and the last part of this travelogue will be available next week.
Text and photo: Magdaléna Radostová
Thanks to the feeling of omnipresent danger, the island lures travellers. It is located in the most volcanically active region in the world. It really has lots to offer: monumental glaciers, bubbling thermal springs, majestic falls, colorful lava fields covered with heath, and many other things. It is only a glimpse of what lures people here from all over the world.
The night was freezing yet beautiful. In the morning, sun is shining and it seems it will be the last one we enjoy on the island.
I think that I can call this day the most beautiful on Iceland. Beautiful weather only enhanced my experience on that day. It was beautiful from the very morning until the night. Sun shone, it was warm, cloudless sky, and great visibility.
Alarm at 7 o’clock. Leaving camp an hour later. Originally, we had to stay over night on the Vestman Islands. But it would have taken us much more time. We would use it much better – at the farm of Skálakot.
We are on a tour of the largest geological fractures. It is on the place where Icelandic tribe chieftains adopted common laws.
The following two days we are going to spend on a ship and have the last stope at Ejer Bavnehøj, Denmark, where is a tower open whole year.
We leave the camp. We have to pack the tents, sleeping bags, and foam mats to be ready to carry on.
Dyrhólaey is a peninsula on the south of the country. It is also a natural reservation. There are many rocky cliffs of various shapes. The cliffs are favored by maritime birds such as puffin, duck, or murre. Beaches of black lava sand fill the area between the rocks.
The journey goes according to the plan. We go to the waterfall of Seljalandsfoss near which is the camp. There the drivers were supposed to be accommodated. Upon a short break in the camp, we go further to the harbor. It is raining cats and dogs, and wind blows strongly. Soon we learn that the trip to the island has been postponed due to large waves.
Today, not really pleasant weather starts today. It is raining cats and dogs here. One cannot see in this dense rain, so our plans from the previous day are hard to realize. The departure is postponed. Yet we still are going to get on the top of the highest waterfall on Iceland.
Morning, sun wakes us up and the sky is clear! Great! Other travelers arrived in the night - six new participants.
The night was quiet. It doesn’t rain in the morning so we have a quick breakfast, pack our tents, and set off to the Kotagil gorge after 8 a.m.
"Working" with the elves worked out pretty well. We have a nice sunny day, although it is bit cold. Skútustaðir is one of the few towns at Mývatn lake. Our goal is a walk near pseudocraters. Local name for these strange hills, about twenty of them, is skútustaðagígar.
We moved to the rhyolite hill on the opposite side. It is what remained of Leirhnjúkur crater. The land is really strange yet beautiful.
I wake up at 7.20 a.m. in a shock. I burst out of sleeping bag heading to washroom. Fortunately, I remembered the time of departure. It is an hour later so when I get it back together I start preparing for the departure. The weather is not very good today, it is a bit foggy.
I get up at 6 already. Yesterday I forget to charge my equipment so I have to do it now. More of us had the same idea. I still ponder whether to participate in hike or not. Eventually together with drivers and other great group that we will have a rest day today.
Alarm at 7,30. We have to leave cabins until 8,30. As always, I bought a good book guide and read it. In introduction, there was: “Despite you can travel by boat, we recommend it only to experienced sailors with tough stomachs. Gale is strong on the route as well as storms and waves of the Atlantic."
Our stay on the Faroe Islands is getting shorter. It is the best time to visit the capital of Tórshavn and explore it thoroughly.
Sun greets us in the morning. Very unusual here… perhaps you have already forgotten how many sunny days there are on these island. I remember it so I appreciate the nice weather more.
We continue through Kvivik, a small village, to the northernmost city of this island, Tjornuvik.
The night was absolutely calm. Living in couchettes is not the most pleasant thing, but one can manage. We were very lucky because of the weather, the sea was absolutely calm and we could have our calm sleep…
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