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  • Iceland 2016 - Day 4 - Djupavik!

    Front of Guesthouse Sandafell

    Guesthosue Sandafell was where we stayed the night in Þingeyri. The interior is extremely nordic, and our room again features white walls and Ikea beds with a big roof window. Adrian and I were lucky to have 4 beds to the two of us. The breakfast bar was small, but delicate, and they served ham and cheese slices, some fresh homemade brown bread that's doughy, and a type of liquidy yogurt that comes from a carton. 

    Vestfjarðagöng

    We then began our journey towards our next destination: Djupavik! On our way, we passed the longest tunnel in Iceland, the Vestfjarðagöng. The tunnel has a length of almost 10 Kilometers and I am sure that we were in there for over 10 minutes. The lanes were really tight, like a one way tunnel with oncoming traffic yielding to us throughtout the tunnel. 

    Ísafjörður

    On the other side of the tunnel, we arrived at Ísafjörður, a bigger small town in the northwestern part of the Westfjords with a population about 2,600. We stopped by for gas and bought our lunches for a picnic later. 

    Maeve being attacked by Arctic terns

    On our way, we stopped at this abandoned castle and just as we're about to walk towards the pathway, a flock of 3 Arctic terns appeared out of nowhere and started to protect their territory. Maeve (being the brave one) tried to run towards the castle but got attacked by the birds and quickly retreated. We then had an idea to use Greg's tripod as a stick so the birds wouldn't get close to our heads. Aaron was able to walk towards the castle and survived, but the doors were locked so our efforts were without their reward.

    View on our way to Djupavik

    Hotel Djupavik

    Boiled Cod at Hotel Djupavik

    We finally arrived at Djupavik! a small town with a population of 50 people. This historic small town used to thrive with a herring business. The hotel manager told us that in the winter, the town might be closed off for months since the roads to Djupavik are not paved nor shoveled during the winter. We were all hungry people when we arrived, and the only place to eat was inside the hotel, so Hanna and I decided to try out the fish in Iceland. We had the Icelandic style, Boiled Cod with potatoes and veggies, it was one of the best fish I've ever had. 

    On our way to the Pool

    Krossneslaug Pool, Est. 1954

    Sunset view at the pool around 11:00 PM

    After dinner, we took a 45 minute drive to Krossneslaug, an outdoor pool that's right next to the ocean, The pool is geothermally heated, and swimming outside in the cold in warm water was such an experience. Too bad I did not have any waterproof camera gear with me to take pictures, but I sure enjoyed the view as the sun came out later in the evening. They also have a hot tub that fits around 8 people, which was cozy and warm. 

    View of the mountain behind us from the pool

    It was really interesting to see a consistant layer of fog just covering the top of the mountain while there was sun on the opposite side of us.

    Sunset view at Krossneslaug Pool