Day 4: Myrvatn to Blönduós
We enjoyed an early Icelandic Breakfast in the hotel before a short drive to the Krafla volcanic area, in particular the Crater. We were first there so Josh got to fly his drone and capture footage without tourists except us 😂
The area has a lot of geothermal activity and is home to the Krafla Power Plant. Even this is other worldly, with steam rising from fissures in the earth and streams and holdings that look like space ships. 🚀
We stopped by the road side to clean our muddy shoes in the snow and ended up having an impromptu snowball fight. Guess who started it?
On we went…
What an adventure! The boat used the age old method of whale spotting – head straight to where the other boats are. They don’t use sonar equipment or anything that can disturb the whales. We suited up in some warm floatation suits and headed toward the snow capped shore across the harbour.
You hear the whale before you see it. The gush of water spraying into the air and the the splash as they rise to take a breath. They do this 3 or 4 times and then you see them arch their back to dive and it’s then that their tale is on magnificent display.
They stay down for about 10 minutes feeding on the krill and then rise again – surprising us by sometimes being closer to the boat. They are very curious creatures. We watched two humpback whales do this for about an hour before saying goodbye to see what else we could find.
As luck would have it we came across a Minke whale and another lone humpback before enjoying a mug of hot chocolate and a cinnamon roll and heading to harbour.
It really was a wonderful experience to see these gentle giants up close in the wild where they should be.
You guessed it, we had a hotdog for lunch before heading to our next stop.
Was a favourite of Josh’s last year so we stopped again as it was a rain free afternoon and mild outside.
Why it’s called Godafoss:
A quick stop as it was dark last time we were here.
The farmhouse is built of turf, stones, and timber. The walls are built of stones and of pieces of turf layed up in a herringbone pattern, with long turf strips between the layers. The Glaumbær estate provided little rock suitable for building purposes, but it has plenty of good turf, so the walls of the farmhouse contain relatively little rock; it was used only at the base of the walls to prevent damp from rising up into them. Imported timber and driftwood were used in the interior frame and paneling.
There are other guests here and we share a bathroom which will be a tad awkward in the morning.
We also had a gastronomic feast prepared for us and as each course was presented our host and chef explained each ingredient and told us some history and culinary history as well.
First course: cured horse with salad, strawberries and local foraged berry dressing.
Second course: Ling topped with chervil, dill and dulse (seaweed) on celeriac purée served with cubed root vegetables: carrot swede beetroot , surrounded by organic Icelandic barley
Reminiscent of the Icelandic landscape.
Flourless Chocolate cake like the cracked surface of the earth dusted with blueberry powder; Skyr and cream for the glaciers – sprinkled with lemon thyme; Berry coulis – strawberries, red currants and black currants.