Mystical and Magical Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri, Iceland  July 22, 2014

Partly Cloudy  60 degrees, sunset 11:11pm sunrise 3:23am

We are in Northern Iceland.  Akureyri is a booming port town that relies on fishing as the main industry.

We are now in an area of perpetual daylight.  Last night at midnight, it was still light out.  I checked the TV this morning about 5:30 of course it was light so mom and I headed on deck to check it out.  It was peaceful and beautiful.  We had mountains on each side of us and the fog would drift up and down them.  There were beautiful waterfalls, some flowing and some frozen.  We did 4 laps on deck which is one mile.  I believe we saw one other person the entire time we were there.

From there we headed to the lido for juice and coffee.  That were not quite open yet so we sat and watched the world pass by.  Great ready….this morning was fresh hot off the grill French toast.  I had to wait for him to cook it.  So good on the thick bread and I think a hint of cinnamon.  We came back to the cabin, dad was still asleep. 

After he had breakfast we were off to town, about 10:00AM.  Having been here before, we knew the layout.  Internet is right at port but was so clogged with people downloading books, movies and candy crush along with the staff getting with family, I could not get on to post yesterday’s info.  I will get in town tomorrow.

We walked into town.  It is a nice town with one main street through the center, once you get there.  They have all kinds of stores, restaurants, bakari, and town center.   Our first stop was to the bakari for our favorite chocolate covered cinnamon roll and hot chocolate along with a type of pizza roll.  It was all wonderful.  We shopped through town looking for a new baseball cap.  We actually want another Iceland hat just like he has.  It has gotten dirty.  So far, no luck.

We wandered all through town.  There is a beautiful Lutheran church here that towers above the city on a hill.  Oh the stairs, we looked, we thought about it and then a bench opened up and we sat and people watched for a while.  The benches are on the one way road through the middle of the shopping area.  It is a narrow road with people all over it.  While sitting on the benches, you need to mind your feet.  People would be walking and stop to take a picture and the cars would come up from behind them and stop and politely wait for them to move.  No horn honking.  It was kind of like a cattle crossing.  At noon they block it off to cars all together we had free reign. 

We wandered back down to the town square and there was fish and chips stand open.  So we tried some Icelandic cod.  It was very good.  He cooks to order.  We got there first, ordered and got the only table set up.  By the time we left, he had quite a line.

Back to the ship.   I spent about an hour trying to get on line then my battery went so I came in.  We were leaving anyways.  We are doing a scenic cruise out.  It is so pretty.  Mountains, snow, and sunny.

We were invited to have drinks with the Captain tonight.  We had a great time.  I tried the drink of day an Artic Kiss.  It was vodka and champagne.  As someone else said it was more of a sloppy kiss.  I changed to my old standby rum punch.  The Captain and the Hotel Manager stayed the entire time and thanked us for coming.  They are a class act.

Nothing jumped out at dinner to me except the bacon cheese soup so Peter had the kitchen grill me a wonderful cheeseburger.  It was on a wonderful bakery bun.  Yum.

After dinner there was no show.  They are showing Monument Men in the main show lounge.  This is tough.  It ends at midnight and we are in port 7 to 3 tomorrow.  It is a port we have never been to so we will need to get out there and get going.  Dad went to the movie and mom and I hit the casino.  I came out $15.00 ahead, but can’t say the same for mom.

As the one t-shirt said today….In Iceland, I wear my sunglasses all night long…Good night from the peaceful and sunny MS Veendam.

Fish and ships trailor

Fish and ships trailor

Fish and chips from a trailer

Fish and chips from a trailer

Busy Cafe

Busy Cafe

Bench where we sat.  See the street and the people.

Bench where we sat. See the street and the people.

Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church

Is mom telling her a secret?

Is mom telling her a secret?

Hot Choclate

Hot Choclate

Chocolate covered cinnamon roll

Chocolate covered cinnamon roll

Pizzaschkin

Pizzaschkin

Look out...Polar Bears

Look out…Polar Bears

Magical Iceland

Magical Iceland

 

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