Continue north, our next town was Hofsós at the Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Hofsós was one of my favorite small towns in Iceland. Maybe it was because the overcasting clouds were finally cleared up when we were there; maybe it was the infinity pool or the free fish; regardless the day turned into a bright day after Hofsós.
We walked across this bridge a couple of times. I just liked the rustic look, it remained me of a classic painting, like walking into a world of a fiction–an art realm.
The Icelandic Emigration Center was right by the old port. 200,000 Icelandic immigrated to America from 1870-1914. It was a time of difficulty with the volcanic eruptions and the hardship of bad cold, especially in this northern part of the country.
Strolling along the tiny harbor we met a couple. They were cleaning fish, apparently they had just finished unloading from their boat. It turned out they were vacationing from Reykjavik and they owned a condo in Hofsós.
This was their annual trip; every summer they came to Hofsós fishing, then froze and brought them back to Reykjavik to eat during the winter months. We chatted and felt like we were old friends, at the end they gave us a huge haddock–no, not a “hot dog”. The gentleman gut the fish and cut it into half so we could cook it easily later on! How thoughtful!
Icelandic people are the nicest people!
Another highlight of the town was the thermal swimming pool. This infinity pool was a gift to the people of Hofsós by two wealthy business women. What a panoramic view!
It was really hard to say good bye to Hofsós, but Akureyri was still 2.5 hours away. The drive from Hofsós to Siglufjörður was scenic. Yet I don’t have pictures to share the parts of roads that were winding, narrow and without railings! I was holding my breath in fear of missing the turn and tumbling down to the cliffs…
There was a herring museum in Siglufjörður. We missed it because it closed at 6 pm. But we walked in town and found a grocery store, picked up a salt shaker and some fruits and bread to go with the haddock dinner.
While lingering along the road, we smelled strong scent of licorice. I knew licorice was a popular Icelandic candy. Immediately putting our noses to work, we bent over to smell the grass and bushes, and trying to nail down the source.
And I found the plant! The seeds tasted very sweet, just like licorice. Imagine my excitement about this discovery! In my high, an Icelandic lady approached and chatted with us. After I shared my finding with her, she smiled, yes this wild plant was indeed from a licorice family, but it was not the source of licorice candy though. Then she pointed to the plant besides it and remarked “never put that in your mouth, it is poisonous.”
I thanked her profusely! She was the second kind person I met in one day, and she was on vacation from Reykjavik too.
There were at least three tunnels from Siglufjörður to Dalvík, some double lanes and some single lane. It was quite an experience passing a 10-km long single lane tunnel, especially when there was a car coming right at you!
Finally we arrived at Dalvik, it was well pass 8 pm.
The last beer bath was at 8 pm. It turned out we didn’t miss much: the beer bath was to soak in a hot tub mixed with hot spring and young beer, which had zero alcohol content. So instead of beer bath, we ordered a beer, a local-brewed authentic Icelandic beer. It tasted just like beer.
By the time we arrived at our hotel in Akureyri at 9:30, the dinning room was already closed. Don’t you just love long-day light in the Icelandic summer?
No microwave was provided in our hotel room, nowhere in the hotel, so we inquired the front desk. The gentleman there was the most helpful receptionist ever! He called the kitchen and sent us there right away despite the fact the kitchen was already closed. Luckily someone was still there washing dishes. The kitchen was the only place in the whole hotel that had a microwave!
When the fish was finally put on the table, I happened to look out the window–
Hold the fork, I had to take pictures!!
Our first Icelandic rainbow! Within minutes, the rainbow grew into a full arch, and then a double rainbows! What a brilliant sight! Its warm glow invigorated our body and refreshed our spirit!
It went on and on… Actually we needed no rush, by the time we finished our dinner, the rainbow was still there!!
It was the midnight sun, the rainbow lasted more than an hour! That was how our day ended, at a rainbow high note!
Now put on the door knob the “Do Not Disturb” sign, we were going to sleep in tomorrow. Good night, sweet Iceland!