We had a slower but full day today. We slept in until 8am before getting ready for the day. We had breakfast at Sandholt again, getting coffee, yogurt (they were out of Skyr :(), and pastries. We took off from Sandholt to the Harpa building, which is the music/opera hall. Super cool building!
We walked along the road/water and saw the viking boat sculpture, which was really cool against the backdrop of water and mountains. From there, we walked the shopping streets, checking out wool shops and anything that gained our interest.
We walked up to the space church (looks like a spaceship) and took the elevator to the top and enjoyed views over the city. When we returned to the first floor and walked outside, we saw a couple getting their wedding photos taken. a Liefur Erikkson statue sits in the middle with a plaque that credits his discovery of not only Vinland but the United States.
We continued checking out the streets and shops before stopping in their coffee chain, Kaffi shop that served not great coffee, good sandwiches for lunch, and had “expresso” on the menu.
From there we made our way back to the hotel room (by this time it was 4pm) where we booked a northern lights tour for tonight by Super Jeeps (same company as Saturday) since tonight was supposed to be super awesome for lights. It was also a very sunny and clear day, so viewing conditions were promising as well!
We rested in our hotel room for a little bit before getting ready to eat at a place just 2 minutes away called Grillmarkadurinn (Grill Market) where we ordered drinks and had:
The whale, which was minke whale, had the texture of steak and not a strong fish flavor. It was interesting. Couldn’t really taste the puffin meat over the spice it was served with, but I didn’t think it was anything special. the langoustine was def the best.
We waited to be picked up and when our driver arrived, he wasn’t as nearly as friendly or humorous as his colleagues. We had two other people from our hotel, so it was nice to have one stop and only four people.
We arrived to the site and waited maybe 15 minutes before the sky blew up with the northern lights. I’ve seen photos, I’ve seen videos, but I’ve still never seen anything like it before. The sky was dark, filled with stars, then these flashes appeared that stuck around and were green colored. Eventually the spots became huge waves, and the brightness intensified. I attempted taking some photos, but luckily the tour group has equipment setup as well so we got our photos taken too. It was really cool. The tour guides (this was a meetup spot, so 8 other vehicles joined us) said this was one of the best shows this winter, and that they were not kidding. I believed them. It was cool to see the lights move too. The lights lasted probably for 45 min/hour. After that, it became so cold that Katie and I sat in the jeep. We were wearing thermals, two layers, a down jacket, and our heavy jackets, and were still freezing.
We headed back to the hotel and are now going to sleep because we have to get up in 6 hours for our next day tour. Totally worth the late night! We saw them!!!!!
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