Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day 7: Hrísey

Today's weather finally cleared up, and lo, it was gorgeous: Clear and sunny skies with temps around 60 degrees. We'd exhausted nearly everything else to do in Akureyri that looked interesting to us, so we decided to take the ferry from Árskógssandur to Hrísey, a small island 35 kilometers north of Akureyri.

It turned out to be a great day for exploring. After
lunch at Brekka, we explored our surroundings, although we didn't have it in us to hike one of the longer hiking trails. (Plus we couldn't find any of the trails until after the fact.) We tried to find the shark fishing museum and the working class memorial museum, but were unable to. Fortunately, it was such a beautiful day outside, it didn't matter; we just enjoyed being able to be outside near the ocean.




After taking the ferry back to Árskógssandur, Ed suggested we take a drive and head east. Throughout our drive, there were few clouds; snow was still on the mountains, in some cases at sea level; the ocean and streams were bright blue.


We ended our Sunday afternoon drive in Ólafsfjörður, a town located at the mouth of the Eyjafjörður fjord, the longest fjord in Iceland.


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