Today was a travel day. Originally it was going to be a much longer travel day. However, our ‘short sojourn’ yesterday, which turned into 7 hours of driving, meant that: 1) we had already seen the first peninsula on my plan, and 2) we no longer had the energy for a long trip, so the second peninsula was cut from the plan.
Instead, we drove through Akureyri, across route 1, and into the Westfjords to Hölmavik. Instead of a 7 hour drive, it was 5.5. With stops along the way at Borgarviriki and a Viking gift shop, we finally arrived around 3pm. Most of what we drove through were farmlands. Pretty, but not spectacular. Are we becoming jaded to the beauty?
Luckily, the food was delicious. Jason had the politically incorrect marinated whale steak, which was rich and savory, like beef with a slight liver taste. I had gravlax (smoked salmon) smoked lamb, which was served with blueberry compote. The lamb looked black, but it was sweet and smoky. Fantastic flavors!
We were still early to check in to the guesthouse, so we wandered around the Icelandic Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft, which was across from our guesthouse. It was a cool place, with artifacts and information of the mostly male witches of the 17th century. One item, which of course brought out the salacious giggles in all, were the Necropants. Evidently, cutting the skin from a dead man, from the waist down (intact), and wearing this artifact, granted you great powers.
We met some other guests, Mike and Michelle from North Yorkshire. I had a lovely time chatting with them while Jason rested. After a few hours we roused to go eat once again – this time I had a burger with egg and bacon, while Jason had some decadent cod chins. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! They were like buttery scallop fish morsels.
Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books. And watch out for my upcoming historical fantasy novel, Legacy of Hunger!
– Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland
– Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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