Iceland Trip Day 9: Grundarfjordur

We got up early this morning to go explore the city before our excursion later in the day.  The city only has a population of 800 so there wasn’t much to do in the city.  In fact the city was so small that our boat couldn’t dock, so we had to take a tender to get there.  We decided to go back to the ship earlier than we had planned.

We played some cards and ate lunch on the boat before our excursion.  For the excursion we got on a bus and drove around.  We went to a beach made entirely of black rocks.  They even had a sign about some large rocks of different weight amounts that people can try to lift.

Another stop was a small church with a cemetery and a few paths over to the beach.  We decided to take the path with the least amount of people walking on it.  We ended up with a nice view of the ocean as you can see from the picture at the top of this post.

We also stopped at a giant troll statue made out of stones.  It had a path behind it where you could see a bunch of birds sitting on the rocks by a small cave.  There was also another good view of the ocean here.

IMG_0447

After all of these stops we were exhausted and ready to go back to the boat.

Advertisements

Iceland Trip Day 8: Isafjordur

This morning we slept in a little and ate breakfast before the boat docked at noon.  We got all ready for our shore excursion only to find out that it was cancelled because of rain making the hike dangerous.

We got a map of the city from the cruise ship and looked at what we wanted to see.  Once on land we saw the visitor center and asked for an idea of somewhere to hike.  We started by walking from the visitor center through the town toward where we wanted to hike to.  We stopped to take pictures of a statue and a whale bone along the way.  We ended up hiking pretty high up to near an abandoned ski lodge.

IMG_0425

To get back down we had to walk down a steep slope that we think is where the ski lift used to be.  Then we returned to the city and did a little shopping before returning to the ship.  We ended up walking around 7 miles and it took more time than the original excursion.  My feet were sore for a few hours afterwards.

After we returned to the boat we relaxed and then had dinner.  After dinner we played some cards until we went to bed.  Our favorite card game on this vacation has been peanut.