Cloud haloed Isafjordur, Iceland

 

July 21, 2014  Isafjordur, Iceland

Partly Cloudy,  55 Degrees, Sunset 9:24 pm

This lovely little town is the capital of the beautifully rugged Westfjord region and the birthplace of two of Iceland’s presidents.  Fishing and tourism are their top two industries. 

We lost another hour of sleep to the time change but were up about 9:00 and off to breakfast.  Omelet and raisin rolls were the morning fare and them the sail in.  We are anchored and tendering this morning.  Our arrival time was noon.   We leave at 7:30 pm.

The tender ride was said to be about 30 minutes but in fact took only 15.  We headed to deck 7 and the showroom about noon.   Tours were being sent out first.  By the third tender it all 4 and 5 star and we were on our way.  We got to town about 1:00 pm.  The weather here was ominous.  There was a light drizzle for about a half hour or so.  The clouds haloed the top of mountains surrounding us.  At times it was an eerie but beautiful site.  Our first stop was the tourist office to get a map and see what was in the area.  The young lady spoke perfect english. 

We got our map and headed off through town.  The streets were narrow and they were lined with houses and shops.  Our first stop was the bakery but there was no internet so we backtracked to the café with internet.  We got a couple hot chocolates and a piece of mother in laws cake.  It was oatmeal and some kind of fruit and really good.  I got the blog caught up and even got the pictures on.  Once we left here, the rain had stopped.

Next it was off to wander through town.  I did stop at the ATM to get money.  The ship was changing at 10:1, not sure what my rate was.  Will have to check it out.  We walked from one picturesque bay to another.  Many of the houses were made out of wood.  From the bay you could see the surrounding mountains with snow and ice on them and clouds moving about them.  It was a sight.  It felt very magical and mystical.  We wandered through the older residential area.  They had a wooden 3 story house with large picture windows on each level and a pulley system on the front eave to hoist furniture into the house.  It was pretty neat.

Since we did not have lunch, we wandered back past the bakery for a cheese croissant and rye pretzel.  Oh were they good.  Then it was back towards the ship via the fish market.  Not much happening there at 4:30, just cleaning up.

No wait for the tender heading back.  We went up to the top outside deck for pictures and then off to the crows nest for drinks.  It was Happy Hour.  Two for 1 plus $1.00.  We were able to use our Beverage card for them.  That was nice.

Dinner tonight was great.  We pre-ordered avocado’s for tonight and dad a shrimp cocktail.  No other apps or soup just some lasagna and short ribs.  On a side note, last night I had a chocolate chip soufflé for dessert.  Best soufflé I have ever had.  It tasted and smelled like a hot chocolate chip cookie.

Good night from the beautiful MS Veendam.

Hot Chocolate

Center of Town

Center of Town

What a picture!

What a picture!

Bakery goodies

Bakery goodies

Where would you like to go?

Where would you like to go?

Yummy place

Yummy place

Ice and snow mountains

Ice and snow mountains

Avocados for dinner

Avocados for dinner

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

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