Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Husavik, Iceland

Husavik is billed as THE place, in Iceland, for whale watching. We had prebooked reservations, with North Sailing, for their 10 AM departure. We would be leaving the Lake Myvatn area that morning, and we were told to allow 1 1/2 hours for the drive.

This really puzzled us as the road sign said the distance to Husavik was 50 km. Why did we need 1 1/2 hours? This advice had been given to use by Iceland Saga Travel and since, so far, they were dead on with everything, we decided to follow their advice and, actually, gave ourselves 2 hours.

So leaving our hotel in Reykjalio, we departed at 8 AM. We zipped along on the road at about 90 kmh, for about 10 km. And THEN, the road turned into THIS...

No wonder we were told to allow 1 1/2 hours.

We did arrive in Husavik in plenty of time. We drove around the very empty streets for a while, found our hotel (a Fosshotel, where we couldn't check in until 4 PM), and then checked in for our whale watching trip.

The boat we were on was, by far, the smallest we've ever been on for whale watching. It certainly got us close to the water. We saw quite a few humpback whales and a minke whale. Didn't see any of the great fluke displays like we saw in Antarctica but we did see some good activity.

Having an afternoon to fill, we drove south, out of Husavik, towards the direction of Akureyri. The road we were on went over a wide, shallow river and turned left to join up with the Ring Road. Instead we turned right and drove north, along the river. We had beautiful weather and saw a lot of new (for us) birds. It was a great relaxing afternoon.

For dinner we decided to head back to the pier and one of the restaurants we had spotted. During the day it had been mobbed but it was quieter in the evening. The name of the restaurant is Gamil Baukur and we highly recommend it. I ordered the lamb and got three huge pieces of tenderloin with a load of sides. It was the best lamb, at the best price, that I had all trip.

Evening, still looking like daylight, found us strolling around the harbor and up some residential streets that overlooked the town. These pictures, of the boats

and the town, were taken around 9:30 PM.

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