Iceland 8 Day Honeymoon Roadtrip [DAY 1] Fermented shark, ugly churches and an amazing hot spring trail
add: Hallgrímstorg 101, Reykjavík, Iceland tel: +354 510 1000 open: 9am to 9pm, daily
coordinates: 64.14171, -21.92663
|The small cubes with the flag is fermented shark. Surrounded by mashed fish on rye, smoked lamb on rye, smoked trout on rye and dried fish. This was the Icelandic platter of traditional food.|
1) portions were seriously lacking. 2) Food was tasteless. I did not enjoy it. But it IS the place to try the infamous fermented shark. ONLY eat that, then leave, quickly. By tasting it, you will have opened your palette to a soft, briny cube that taste fishy on first bite, but blooms into a smouldering afterburn of hot garbage on a summer day – in your mouth.
|add: Sculpture, Shore Walk, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
coordinates: 64.14761, -21.92228
Sooth your mouth with a trip to this famed Icelandic structure. Open your mouth with the window open, the cold air will cleanse it. What’s stunning about this smooth, metal structure is more its surroundings. It looks out into the vast sea, with misty mountains as its backdrop. It’s your first glimpse of the natural beauty of Iceland to be very honest.
coordinates: 64.1508, -21.94404
This tiny little sea shack is just down the road from the Sun Voyager. Also, you’ll pass Harpa Concert Hall on the way there, so tourist-thing check! It serves up fabulous lobster soup, or in their words, “world’s best lobster soup”. No lie, it is pretty amazing! They serve it with bread and butter, and the thick soup, resplendent with generous chunks of chopped up lobster, is perfect for the chilly weather outdoors. It’s 1,300ISK for a bowl.
|coordinates: 64.02286, -21.21164|
Leave the depressing greyness of Reykjavik behind and head to the REAL reason you came to Iceland – the rest of Iceland. As you drive towards your first adventure, you’ll notice the scenery is a world of difference from everywhere else, as is the feeling you get from this vastness. Here, you’re really in awe of the beauty of the world and what God has created. (Best experienced with the window down and NOT in a tour bus).
|Here’s the river in all it’s glory! Stones were used to break it into “pools”.|
It was a fantastic reward for the long suffering. You’ll find plenty of Pinterest-worthy photos of an isolated looking river – don’t be fooled – when we got there there was a shit-ton of people. A lot of oldies and walked past us and returned, passing us again – making us feel like lard-buckets – but we persevered through muddy terrain (cause it was raining) and it was totally worth it!
|Horses we saw along the way.|
|Here’s what the actual river looked like. It snaked all around the hill and started at a smoky “pot”.|
|Just one of the many smoking mud pots we had to walk by.|