Iceland (Days 5 – 7)
Day 5 (8/5/2010): Continued
After posting the blog, we headed back to the Icelandic sub place, Nonnabiti, to have another sub. This time around, I got the beef sub. Again, the sub was amazing. It must be the fried onions and the Nonna sauce that they put in.
For the 3rd day in a row, I went to work out with Wagner. I thought I was on vacation.
After a long discussion, we decided to buy the Global EU Rail Pass.
Rule #25: Buy the EU Rail Pass before you leave for Europe.
Or else…you may have to pay up to 25% extra on taxes to buy the pass at one of the stations, which in our case is about $400 extra. Well, we devised a plan, and we will explain what we did after it all works out.
Slept at 1:30AM just to wake up at 6AM. I thought we were on vacation.
Day 6 (8/6/2010):
We had our standard breakfast, two big containers of Skyr, handful of oats and almonds. I tried the Skyr drink this time. It reminded me of a standard yogurt drink.
We headed out to the Dorsmork Nature Reserve today. A 4 hour ride through the south of Iceland, traversing little creeks, and looking at the beautiful snow capped mountains brought us to a campground situated right next to a hiking trail that took us to the top of one of the mountains.
Rule #42: We do not need hiking shoes. We are from Jersey; therefore sneakers are our hiking shoes.
After reaching the top of the mountain, we spent time taking in the beautiful 360 degree view. Wagner said it correctly, ‘This is better than hanging out in the cubicle.’
Rule #56: When there’s a will, there’s a way. No need for gear.
After getting back to Reykjavik, we ended up at Nonnabiti again. I changed my sub up once again to the prawn sub, which included Icelandic shrimp, ham, cheese, and vegetables. Wagner got the same chicken sub no sauce for the 4th time in a row.
We went to Kris’ bar that he works at, the Celtic Cross, and hung out with him before we left for home.
Keep stirring the sauce.
Day 7 (8/7/2010):
Waking up once again at 6 AM. We headed for the bus station. The sauce burned a little when we found out that the bus was running on the weekend schedule. We had to get a taxi to get ourselves to the BSI bus station in time. The fare was 1040 Icelandic kronos, but the cab driver only wanted 1000. We were a bit flabbergasted when the cab driver asked us for less money.
Again, similarly to yesterday’s bus ride to Dorsmork, we traversed rivers and such to get to Landmannalaugar. The trip took us through the south of Iceland again and took us past their famous Mount Hekla. Although, it was raining, we hiked around. Being, ill prepared for this sort of trip, I did not have any kind of neck protector. Therefore, I used Wagner’s zip off pant leg to cover my neck instead of buying a 60$ poncho.
The mountains surrounding the Landmannalaugar oasis still displayed its brilliant colors of yellow, brown, grey, red, blue, and green. A breathtaking view.
Rule #22: When in doubt, buy Wagner beans.
Off to Denmark tomorrow @ 7AM!