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!
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.
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. 🙂
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!