23.11.2019 - 04.01.2020
We go going at the crack of dawn (so 10am!) and went to see the cave people. It was a really unique experience and if the lady at the hotel hadn’t told us about it then we probably wouldn’t have gone. People lived in the cave until not too long ago and a new family had taken it over and recreated what it looked like in the 1920s. He told us about the cave and the “hidden people” who watched over the mountains. From there we went to geysir, which is the very original geysir. It is actually not very active but there are others beside it that are so we watched those erupt and took in the sweet sulphur scent! Next on the tourist trail was gulfoss which is a cascading waterfall. It was pretty and wide but I think the taller ones we saw earlier in the trip were more impressive. Next we drove through a lot of farm land and saw some areas that actually looked productive. There were some picture prefect horses by the road so of course we had to stop and get a picture. We stopped in fludir to go to the secret (or not so secret!) hot springs. It is the first hot springs pool in Iceland. It was shaped by rocks and had a gravel bottom so I think it’s more authentic than blue lagoon. It was a great place to relax and spend an hour. You could go to different places in the pool for different temperatures. We found a nice spot with a ledge by an edge to sit and people watch. There were people from all over. When we were prune-ish we got out and headed to the mushroom farm for a coffee. It was a little too late for a snack but the mushroom soup looked delicious! That got me hungry so we went to nearby Reykolt for dinner, at a great place called mika. We started with langostines with a white chocolate and chilli sauce. I wasn’t sure at first but it was really good. For my main I had horse stroganoff and Michael has mushroom risotto. I figured there weren’t too many places I could try horse so I better try it while it was on the menu. It was good, kind of like slightly tougher beef. We were both full but then they said they had white chocolate mousse for dessert and Michael couldn’t resist. They did it with a citrus mousse and nuts as well. It was a very unique combination! After all that I needed to move around or I was going to fall asleep. We headed back to our hotel, but this time we took the slightly longer way so we didn’t have to deal with the sketchy road works!