Saturday, September 10, 2016


  To get to the first place we stayed we drove around the coastline of Snaefellsness Peninsula and did a short walk along the coast through a lava field past the Snaefellsjokull National Park where the Snaefells Glacier is located (jokull means glacier or ice cap-pay attention, there will be a quiz and spelling counts).  This was where Jules Verne claimed the entrance to the center of the Earth to be in his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.  During the walk we saw this group of Glacier Worshippers sitting and meditating facing Snaefellsjokull.  I like writing that name even if I never learned to pronounce it.
  Iceland's economy is currently run on tourism, particularly the places within a few hours of Reykjavik.  This includes the Snaefellsness Peninsula but is seen most prominently in what's known as the Golden Circle and along the South Coast.  We had a ferry to catch our second morning so got away from the worst of the crowds until the end of the trip when we approached Reykjavik again from the east.  We skirted the capital city both coming and going, but stopped on the first day for yarn in a shop Gail had read about in a "suburb."
  Our first accommodations was an Air B&B that came with a few sheep.  Little cottages like this are all over the island to try to house the influx of visitors, we read that they can't keep up.  Sheep like this are really all over the island, on beaches, on cliffs of steep mountains, in the roads (especially in the early morning), even occasionally in a pasture.

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