The next morning, May 26th, we had a great breakfast at the Guesthouse Storu-Laugar. It reminded me of the breakfasts that we had on our trip to Norway.
We thought that we might be able to drive back to Reykjahlíð and Lake Myvatn to look around but the wind had not let up. I watched several guests trying to load their cars without having the doors blow off.
Given the conditions we decided to drive to Akureyri where we would be staying the night. We didn’t stop to take a single photo along the way. When we arrived it was still blowing hard. We stopped at the visitors cente,r located in the new Hof Culture Center, to pick up some information on the area.
We watched the wind blow for a while. We could see out over the fiord which was the landing approach for airplanes flying into Akureyri. It was like watching Air Alaska as the planes slowly crabbed toward a landing.
Since we it was too early to check into the lodging for the night we decided to drive up to Dalvik and look around. It was starting to clear and we had some nice views of the mountains.
We stopped in Dalvik and took a photo of the harbor and some Red-breasted Mergansers. We stopped and picked up some literature of whale watching tours in town and then headed back to our Airbnb in Akureyri.
One of the reasons we picked our Airbnb was because it had a washer and dryer. It is almost impossible to find washers and dryers available to the public in Iceland. If it had been up to me I would have used the sink. On one of my first trips overseas I spent 3 months traveling in Europe and my philosophy was wear one wash one. Two sets of clothes was all I needed. Things have changed since I’ve gotten older. Apparently you can get laundry done at hotels or hostels but it costs an arm and a leg.
After dinner we took a walk around town taking a few photos along the way.
Some of the stoplights in Iceland were a bit interesting. First of all the only place you find stoplights are in the larger cities. In fact, it is difficult to find a stop sign in Iceland. At most intersections you find yield signs. The red on this one was a heart. In another place the green was a smiley face.
We went back to our Airbnb and booked a whale watching tour in Dalvik for the following morning.
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