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15.08.08 Akureyri – Húsavík
by Garik and Lena
  • This morning we woke up late, cause we didn’t have to pack our stuff. We headed to the bus station, right after a quick breakfast. In the info center, near the bus station, I tried to surf the Internet for 15 minutes, well, apparently, 15 minutes pass so fast that you can’t manage to do one thing that you planned. We took the SBA3 tour, the bus looked very old and made noise like a tractor. After 10 minutes ride the front grill broken, so the driver had to stop and fix the grill. The driver fixed the grill, but after another 10 minutes it broke again, so he told us that people who want to go further than Húsavík will have to take another bus in Húsavík. And I’m thinking, why should people take another bus? Because of a front grill? By the way, on the grill was written the name of the bus company – “KUTTER”… which means in Hebrew something like “moan” but constantly. Is Iceland trying to tell me something?… Because of the stops, we were late on schedule, and of course we started to worry about our whale watching tour. We made it in the last second, the ship probably waited for us to arrive. When we were on board, we got big funny rain coats, one blue and one orange. I don’t know why we got them… Maybe to protect us from whales splashes?… Aha… The sailing wasn’t so cold or stormy as written in LP, and didn’t get even one splash during the entire sail. The sail took about 3 hours, during which we saw a back of a whale far enough from us, three or four times. Probably the most common whale in the bay. Each time the whale got up on surface of a water to take couple of breathes and then, went under the water for about 15 minutes or so. The captain of the boat tried each time to follow the direction in which the whale was spotted, but the closest distance we made I think was maybe ~30 meter, not less. As the brochure of the whale watching said, we got hot chocolate and cinnamon cookies, after which we returned to the town Húsavík.
  • When we came back to town, we had 4 hours to spend till the bus back to Akureyri. We visited the whale museum, they have brochures with names of the whales in exposition, we got a brochure written in Hebrew!!! One room in the museum is dedicated to the Orca killer whales, and one familiar Orca killer whale named Keiko (Free Willy film). Keiko died in 2003 after quite a difficult life in captivity and trials to train him back to live in the wild life.
  • Then, we visited the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which is not as attractive as we thought. But, there is only one museum like this in the whole world I think, so… we gave it a try! 500 ISK per person for a visit. The whale museum was 700 ISK per person, and that was much worth the money spent. We spent there less than half an hour. When we went out, the guy in the reception asked us “No questions…?”, no, no questions, thank you! We raised an eyebrow and went out… Two hours left, we had no gas balloon and we were starving.
  • Next stop was Gamli Baukur, nice restaurant in the port. Lena, at last, ate a real Icelandic soup with lamb. I had a 200 gr hamburger, leaving behind ~4000 ISK for both of us. At the end of the day, when we almost had no time left, we discovered that in Húsavík, there is the most interesting folk museum in Iceland, exhibiting stuffed polar bear, and other sorts of animals. Too bad LP mentioning this museum only as a third attraction in the town, so we missed it.
  • On our way back, I slept well, when we’ve arrived it was pass 18:30. Lena went straight to the campsite, and I stayed in the info center for a while, to surf the net. I came to campsite around 19:00, and we headed to the local swimming pool, specially we wanted the jacuzzi and the hot tubs. 740 ISK entrance fee for two, and it’s worth it, definitely one of the best I’ve seen! Many hot tubs, up to 43 degrees (C), sauna, back massage waterfalls… This sport center had lockers, now that’s an improvement! We spent there a great hour relaxing our back and feet, feeling a bit sorry discovering this way of life on the island only on our 10th day…
  • When we came back, we had our laundry time and ate a small supper. Because of the laundry we went to sleep a bit late, without knowing what’s going to be tomorrow. Tomorrow we were supposed to change our location again, meaning - packing our stuff, and to do so, we should get up early.
The second ship, that didn't wait for our bus to arrive.

The second ship, that didn't wait for our bus to arrive.

Lena had the orange one.

Lena had the orange one.

My best shot...

My best shot...

Lamb soup - the best soup ever!!!

Lamb soup - the best soup ever!!!

Our little home.

Our little home.




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