Glaciers, Lava Fields & Other Such Things--Weekend

Trip Start May 28, 2010
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Trip End Jun 27, 2010


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Hey guys. I'd like to start off by saying that I did not actually stay in Ólafsvík. We stayed in a rental townhouse complex type thing but it is not in city limits and I'm not 100% sure where it is on the map. BUT I did visit Ólafsvík this weekend, so I figured it was close enough.

We left Friday morning after breakfast and drove out to where we stayed. I forgot to get pictures of the outside of the building but someone else did and I stole their pictures. I just loved the fact that it had a turf roof. But yes, so we checked into and settled in the 2 apartment townhouse things that we had rented. I ended up with Regan and my new adopted Little Sis, Kate Noel in the loft area that was above the kitchen and had a nice of the living room and out the back windows. The windows in the back of the house revealed the small porch, hot tub, and beach/North Atlantic Ocean. And actually I was technically in North America the entire weekend, because Iceland is in the line between the Eurasian tectonic plate and the North American one. And then we ate lunch and after that we headed off again and went to the Snaefellsnes glacier. The ride up to it was just as much of an adventure, as climbing the actual glacier was. It was really bumpy but the view was some awesome, as you can see from my pictures. But yes, we were there for a couple of hours, I think. Myself, Dr. Novak, Kate Noel and Kaelyn got up to 4000 ft, where we made snow angels. I didn't get a picture of that but I think Kaelyn did and I haven't stole pictures from here yet.

On our way to the house, we stopped and got stuff to make dinner for that and breakfast for the next morning. So one group made spaghetti and meat sauces, garlic bread, a salad and then broccoli. It was tasted wonderful. So after helping clean up the kitchen and what not, I returned to the my area and read for awhile though various other things happened in the evening, like trying to figure out what to do with my independent travels days, which are early next week. Oh and then their was the small war that Dr. Novak and Brittany started against Kate Noel and myself. Many things were thrown up into the loft and then drop back down on each other. Though I think the highlight is when I got seaweed (collected that very evening by Dr. Grathwohl who had the intention of bring it home with her, though she ended up leaving it) thrown at me, though it was meant for Kate Noel. I wasn't expecting it at all either. This all went down at midnight by the way. But yea, I think that was everything that happened Friday.

Saturday morning my house group made breakfast. This included cooking bacon, eggs and toast. I had the wonderful job of toasting and then buttering said toast. Or bread. I think you get what I mean. We had a late start that morning as well, so it was really more of a lunch type thing. After that we loaded up the bus and headed of to go and see a really awesome rock formation that looked like a fairy castle from far away. And it looked even cooler because of the mist/cloud cover/rain. But yes, it was really neat because we had to walk through an old lava field to get to it. That and the fact that their really wasn't anything else that tall or big around it. And it was right on the coast line to, which just made it all the more surprising that it was still standing. But yes, we climbed on it and then on the coast line for a bit and I picked up some smooth lava rocks to go with the rough ones that I collected the day before on the glacier. I got a bunch, so I should have enough for anyone who wants one. After we finished up hanging out in the wind and rain, we headed back to the bus and drove to Ólafsvík and got some more groceries for the next morning and then we headed back to the apartment thing. Oh and on the way back Dr. Novak hung his socks out of the bus window because he got completely soaked because he went too far out on the rocks and didn't bring a spare pair with him. I kind of felt bad for the socks. Anyways, myself and a small group left a couple of hours later and went to a small cafe and ate dinner. I had some hot chocolate and fish of the house soup. Both were REALLY good. And sadly the tide was in, so we couldn't go down and see Dr. Novak's favorite place. But we did walk through a lava field in the rain again. It was a very nice after dinner hike. And gave us some really amazing views. I didn't have my camera with me, but others did, so I'll post some of their pictures. After our walk, we headed back for the evening and everyone got together because Drs. Novak and Grathwohl were going to tell us Njall's Saga. It got really interesting when they went up in the loft to tell it and use my socks as puppets for awhile. Need to get those pictures from who ever took them. Though after awhile they asked us to do sound affects. Lots of dying in that saga which made things interesting. And I think that is the end of Saturday.

Sunday morning we got up early because there was a chance that we would get to see Dr. Novak's sheep, which sadly didn't come true. A bunch of us were upset about that, but oh well. We left the apartment place and headed to a small farm with a church. We got their and ended up climbing a small 'holy' mountain that was used for pagan ceremonies and such. It had an awesome view, and there is a picture of said view posted. Then we went back down the mountain hill thing and went to go see the church and Gudrun, a main character from Laxdaela Saga. The saga is such an interesting mix of fiction and history, its really awesome. After we walked around the church we went and saw the homestead of Eric the Red. They have a traditionally built and maintained long house their, with lots of interesting artifact replications. So we were able touch stuff inside of it. And then after that we headed back to Skalholt and got there in time for dinner. And dinner was special that evening because we had a traditional 17th century Icelandic meal. So their was fish made several different ways and lamb made several different ways and lots of other yummy dishes. But yes, I think that covers my weekend decently well. Um, sorry I'm late updating it. Been busy this week with school stuff and setting up independent travel stuff. Anyways, I'll be making another post here shortly, so TTFN! ^^
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Miaka__M on

Wow! Look at those Rocks and Glaciers, amazing! :O

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