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June 4th looked to be an easy day. We would be driving from Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes peninsula down to Reykjavík. When we turned off on Highway 56 to drive over the mountains there were low clouds in the mountains.

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We then connected with highway 54 where we took a few photos along the road. This shots shows two things commonly found in Iceland. The most obvious are the extensive drainage ditches that are found throughout Iceland.  Unlike this  country these are serious ditches that are 6 to 8 feet deep. It appears that they dig them then once the sod had rotted they bulldoze the material dug from the ditch into the fields. The second thing is what we might call an access road. This allows the farmer to drive on the access road and not on the main highway. It was rare that we encountered farm equipment on the main roads in Iceland.

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On the way into Reykjavik we knew we were going to be on an toll road. We thought it would be a bridge. When we approached the toll road I could see traffic lined up but couldn’t see the bridge. Turned out it was a long tunnel under the fjord.

As we neared Reykjavik we had the option to take a detour to view a waterfall. After reading the road signs we decided that we had seen enough waterfalls and decided to drive on to Reykjavik where we would be able to check into our Airbnb after lunch.

On the way into Reykjavik we encountered roundabouts about every 500 yards. I’ve never seen so many roundabouts before. We are starting to see them in Wisconsin but nothing like the scale of Reykjavik. Folks around here don’t think it is possible to put them in at a busy intersection but it is.

After some effort we finally found our Airbnb. We pulled into a little park to get our bearings. The Airbnb was just a short distance away but one way roads made it difficult to get to them on the roads.

When we did find it we discovered that we wouldn’t be able to check in until later in the day. We decided to park our car and walk around Reykjavik. It turned out to be a good decision. The downtown area is easily walkable and there is limited parking.

We were not far from Hallgrímskirkja Church so we walked over to check it out.

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We started looking for a place to have a cup of coffee but most of the coffee shops were full and we thought it was a bit cold to sit outside. We wandered past several places before finding a Dunkin Donuts. It had places to sit and I had never been to a Dunkin Donuts before. Turns out they are a big deal in Iceland.

We then walked down past the Government House.

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We stopped at Bæjarins beztu pylsur for a famous Clinton Dog. This place became famous after Bill Clinton stopped for a hot dog. The ambiance was not that great and the dog wasn’t as good as the N1 dogs.

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After Lunch we walked over to the harbor area. As it turned out the Icelandic Navy was in port.

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We walked around a bit more an then found a Bonus Store where we could buy some groceries and stock up for our stay in Reykjavik. I should point out that a good many of the street scene photos were taken by my wife on her cell phone. I’m not really big on city photography. It was a bit odd to find a Chuck Norris Grill in Iceland. Seems to be the one and only.

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More photos and a complete listing of my Icelandic blogs can be found on my website.

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