Seydisfjordur, Iceland July 23, 2014
Sunny, 70+ degrees, no sunset
Connected to the rest of Iceland by a road over Fjaroarheidi mountain pass, Seydisfjordur is a picturesque town surrounded by mountains on all sides. This is a land of a million waterfalls. Everywhere you look it was mountains, waterfalls and snow. There are about 600 people who live here. Ten cruise ships call here per year in the summer months.
We had a spectacular day. We were up early and had a hearty breakfast of oatmeal. We headed out early and it was sunny and 70 degrees. Many of the locals were in tank tops and shorts. Today was a day of lawn mowing, painting and general clean up. We stopped at the tourist office first and used the free internet.
Next it was out the door and off to the first waterfall. It was spectacular. We talked to the lady who lived in the house next to the waterfall. She told us they have summer (actual warmth) for 3 months. The sun is gone from October 27 until February 12. On the first day of sun there is a celebration and everyone makes pancakes!
From here we wandered all over town. Locals were in the park having picnics. Everyone was out walking or riding bikes. We stopped in the café (actually the only one we saw). Dad had a local beer (El Gillo), mom and I had a glass of hot chocolate and we shared a piece of the best apple caramel cake I have ever had. We got the last piece or we would have had another!
Next, it was off to the Blue Church. It is a Lutheran church and the only church in town. It was a lovely wooden church with padded pews. There were only 70 hymnals and everything was Icelandic.
We kept wandering through town and eventually found our way back to the ship about 1:30. Sail away was at 2:30 and sausage and beer was being served on the Lido. We got a great table in the Lido and had lunch than watched the magnificent sailaway. We sailed out between the mountains with snow around us and spectacular waterfalls. Pictures will not due this place justice. This is where I want to move, I even found my house.
Dinner was good. Calamari as an appetizer, cream a chicken and artichoke soup, and fish for some and a a bowl of cheese grits for me. I had to much bread and he brought us 4 servings of calamari.
The show tonight is a group of Tenors. It should be interesting.
Earlier today, we had the polar bear plunge. This normally happens when we are near the artic circle. Johnathon, the show host started the sign up process. You do get a certificate! About 15 minutes before the plunge, there were garbage bags full of ice dumped into the pool. Bruce, the Cruise Director read the official Viking Decree and the plunge proceeded. We had 2 special guests who plunged, the Captain and the Hotel Manager. I was quite impressed. A great time was had by all.
Goodnight from the fog horn blowing MS Veendam.