Monday, June 16, 2014

Snaefufellsnes Peninsula

I have only been in Iceland a couple days, and I already want to come back!  Stunningly beautiful at every turn, the country has already exceeded my expectations.  We started out in a pretty good drizzle and by lunch at a tiny fishing village, the mist had left us with  vast expanses of volcanic scenery and haunting vistas as far as the eye could see.  The bright green expanse was dotted every now and then with a lone farm , always painted with bright roofs and very small churches from long ago.  The country has become more secular in modern times, but these small churches have been kept up, mostly by the farmers. A few are still used, but most harken to days gone by when a farmer would charitably erect a small church for the people in his area, but also pocket some of the tithing as his part of his earnings.
We drove for hours with stops for lunch and a couple short hikes.  Always the scenery just blew me away with glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields, snow, ocean cliffs on a very narrow two lane road.  We were shoe-horned in to a cliff side resturant and served a wonderful hot "fisherman's stew" with fresh bread. It was a very long day, whoch really never ends here at this time of year.  After dinner and retire-ring to our room, I glanced out the window at the golf course attached to the hotel.  There was a quartet of people started a golf game in the sun.  It was 10:00 PM!


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