Day 19: A Day Trip from Reykjavík: the Reykjanes
Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
21Trip End Jul 25, 2010
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Weather on the Reykjanes is reputed to be the worst in the country. It lived up to that reputation today. Three vehicles arrived at 10:00 to take those who wanted on the Reykjanes tour. David and Franzi were the only members of the younger crowd who went. Žorleifur drove one vehicle with his geologist friend, Stan, and Jake. Franzi, David, AJ, and I went with his son, Bjőrn Žorleifsson. The third vehicle was driven by another friend. The weather was so bad, I was never introduced to the other men.
Our first stop was at the geothermal field at Seltśn, a nice array of boiling mudpots around a maar that exploded after a well was drilled
Our final stop was at the Brś Milli Tveiggja Heimsįlfa (Bridge Between Two Continents), south of Keflavķk, where a footbridge was constructed across the 20-meter wide rift graben to dazzle visitors. It was worth the visit.
The weather cleared, somewhat, on our way back to the city. Bjőrn took Franzi, David, AJ, and me on a scenic detour through Hafnarfjőršur, a nice, harborside, bedroom community on the west side of Reykjavķk. He dropped us off downtown so we could do some shopping. We stopped for a cup of coffee first and then went to the hand-knit woolen goods guild shop. I bought some nice gloves but proceeded to lose one of them within an hour
At 8:00, Žorleifur and Bjőrn arrived again and began ferrying people over to Įskur, a nearby Icelandic restaurant that is becoming the traditional farewell dinner spot. They gave us our own dining room. I was glad to see that Žora was there too. Everyone was there except for Antony. I was also sorry that Žrįinn was unable to make it.
Upon Žorleifur's recommendation, I ordered flounder. Had I seen that foal was on the menu, I probably would have ordered that. Žora and several students did. It was an excellent meal; everyone enjoyed it.
At the end, I said a few words and then Žorleifur gave a nice speech and presented me with a symbolic ash-filled vase, representing Eyjafjallajőkull and a daisy coming out of the top, symbolizing, the plume, regrowth, his mind in the clouds… who knows? We promised each other we would work together again.
I paid the bill and we were ferried back to the campground. Bjőrn took his car home and then returned to lead those who wanted on a night of clubbing in downtown Reykjavķk. Most of the younger crowd went with him. A few of us stayed up chatting and dissecting the trip. Two things that I will do differently in the future are 1) include a tour of the Reykjanes on the trip from Keflavķk to the campground on the first morning and 2) get a second dining tent if thee are more than 12 people. This was my best trip to Iceland, so far.
I closed up camp around 1:00 and went to bed, wondering when the midnight carousers would return.