Faðir og móðir

My parents came to visit me last week! But before I’m going to tell a bit about that, I want to tell you about a beautiful place just outside of Reykjavík called Rauðhólar, which translates to Red Hills. When I was there nature was at its best. The green of the fresh summer grass lay in sharp contrast with the deep red of the hills. The area is not so big and is suited for an afternoon stroll, like in a park. There is a lovely view over mountains in the surrounding area. There are small ponds with crystal clear water reflecting both the big red hills and small dandelions that are all around. And very cute to see were all the pink flowers on the moss, the moss was actually blooming! There is also a geocache hidden in that area so if you’re ever around you should check it out!

Rauðhólar

Rauðhólar

Rauðhólar

Rauðhólar

Rauðhólar

Rauðhólar

Rauðhólar

Rauðhólar

On the 22nd my parents arrived at Keflavík Airport. It was very special to see them again after a couple of months. Time flew by during the week that they’ve been here. The highlights were of course The Golden Circle (I’ve done it five times now, but it’s still amazing) and our trip to Vík. On the road to Vík we passed the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the glacier Sólheimajökull (that I climbed last February) and Dyrhólaey, with a lovely view over the sea. Vík is always a nice place to visit, and the little village looked amazing bathing in sunshine with lupine flowers everywhere. I can’t imagine anyone who would not love that view. Iceland has once again proven to be epic.

Vík í Mýrdal

Vík í Mýrdal

Lupine flowers

Lupine flowers

Skógafoss

Skógafoss

Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey

 

Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey

Sólheimajökull

Sólheimajökull

Vík í Mýrdal

Vík í Mýrdal

Vík í Mýrdal

Vík í Mýrdal

Þingvellir

Þingvellir

Gullfoss

Gullfoss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve also been on a whale watching tour! I’ve done a similar tour before in 2009 in Húsavík. Back then I went on a tour with a 98% chance of seeing whales, and ended up seeing almost no animals at all, no whales, no dolphins, no puffins, just one jellyfish. Because of this I experienced a mixture of skepticism and excitement. But this tour was actually way better than the previous one! First of all I’ve finally seen puffins! And aren’t they adorable! We’ve also seen minke whales and two porpoises. The minke whales were difficult to spot, you have to look in the right direction at the right time. But I’ve seen a spout of water and the side and fin of the whale a couple of times, so it was quite a success. 🙂

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We went out to dinner twice and went to the flea market Kolaportið. Yesterday we grabbed a coffee at Perlan and after that we had to say goodbye again, which was a little bit sad. But they’ve had a safe flight back home and I’ll see them again in December!

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Meanwhile, in Iceland

Ah, the weather has been so great this weekend! Temperatures hit 19°C and there was lots of sunshine. Even though I’m the kind of person that doesn’t really like the sun (I’m actually allergic to it and get sunburned easily so normally I stay in the shadows as much as possible) I experienced all kinds of nostalgic feelings when I was remembered of what summer could be like. Yesterday I spent the day at Nauthólsvík. This is a beach with white (imported) sand, so it looks like a ‘normal’ beach. But of course it’s Iceland so there are also two geothermal hot pots. It’s a really nice place, I have to go there again!

Sunny day at the beach

Sunny day at the beach

On Friday evening I ate an ice cream from the best ice cream shop of Iceland, Valdís, located at The Old Harbor. Each day they have new vegan ice cream flavors, yay! I had raspberry and blueberry. 😀 (And I discovered an amazing vegan burger at Hamborgarabúllan… need to remember this.)

The city comes to life when the weather is like this. Austurvöllur (public square) was packed with people enjoying a beer in the sun on Saturday evening and some bloke was casually drawing marijuana leaves on the parliament building. And somewhat later a street magician was giving an awesome show on Lækjartorg (with actually the same guy in the background drawing marijuana leaves on one of the buildings surrounding the square. He must have had a busy day, lol)!

I’ve discovered an outdoor activity called geocaching. It’s about finding hidden ‘treasures’ with a GPS. Apparently I like finding things, and it’s also a good way to go for a walk whilst having a goal. The treasures aren’t interesting at all, but I do like the logbooks in which you can write your name and the date. For me the whole geocaching community is completely new, and we’ve found 4 caches so far. 🙂

Geocaching

Geocaching

Also I’ve done a Star Wars marathon and these movies are just great, haha. I’ve ordered the book about Darth Plagueis and can’t wait to read it. 😛 And in one week my parents are coming to Iceland. I hope they can enjoy this weather too, but so far it looks promising!