It was chilly and cloudy at the start, but steadily warmed up as we rode along the varied terrain. Barren rocky expanses merged into pleasant grassy fields with meandering streams and grazing sheep. Snow-capped mountains appeared in the distance, and eventually we saw the wonderful, glistening ocean laid out ahead.
We arrived in the mid-afternoon in Husavik, a picturesque town in northern Iceland set on a gorgeous waterfront. A snow-dusted mountain chain framed the horizon looking out from the harbor. As the town is known for its whale watching excursions, Sho, Saya and I reserved a spot on a 3-hour outing tomorrow morning with the tour operator North Sailing. We then had a delicious meal of various seafood dishes (fish soup, grilled monk fish, trout) at Gentle Cafe, while enjoying the harbor view. It was luxury. We ended the day (where else?) at the local swimming pool, which Sho and Saya had scouted out in advance.
Here are some pics from today:
Sho and Saya with the friendly proprietor of Elda Guest House in Myvatn. He gave us a discount on the room when he learned we were doing a charity ride for the UN:
Sho with Baldur, a cool guy who works at the tourist office in Myvatn. He helped arrange our airplane trip and horseback riding outings:
Some views from the road as we cycled:
Our lunch spot:
Sho and Saya practicing emotional expressions over dinner. Here's happy:
View from our dinner table:
- An Iceland Bike Adventure post