We went to Iceland’s oldest green screen museum – and this is the result:
Just kidding. But this picture is very representative of today for another reason. Notice that thing behind me? No, not the car. Not the house either. Not even that pyramid shaped mountain in the back. It’s the sky! There are (almost) no clouds.
Today was summer.
And that’s why we called this horse-friend of ours “Summer”. She’s a real cutie!
We met Summer on our way to Djúpivogur which is a small coastal village in eastern Iceland. They have a nice little harbour, a relatively affordable lunch place that serves delicious fish soup with “bread-that-actually-tastes-more-like-gingerbread-than-normal-bread”-bread (it was good dough), AND they have a public trampoline. WHAT?!
That’s right. It was the first thing we saw when we arrived and it was awesome.
That also explains the click-bait image that lead you here. We stayed there until both of us were totally exhausted – so about 2 minutes – and then we went for the aforementioned lunch. It was the first time since our arrival that we had food in a restaurant. We paid around 30€ for the fish soup, some all-you-can-eat cauliflower soup with bread, free water and a nice slice of even more bread with lax. For Iceland that is a bargain. And it was delicious too.
Besides for the trampoline and the nice harbour there is a lot of art to see in Djupivogur. Sigurður Guðmundsson created 34 eggs from granite that represent 34 different kinds of birds from the local area.
They all look different and have a little sign on the bottom where you can see the Icelandic and Latin names of the birds and look confused while you’re reading.
There was even more art at the “Monster and Men” exhibition at FREEVILLI gallery.
That was really weird. There were lots of skeletons, bones and taxidermy stuff – basically a collection of dead things – but arragned in a kind-of-nice way. Definitely a good place to stop and look around for a few minutes, maybe even to leave a comment. It’s FREE after all.
But that was enough art for one day, so we went back to pure nature – we went to Teigarhorn.
Teigahorn is a nature preserve. It was home to a farm once.
Nowadays it is quite well known for the amount of zeolites present there. For all non-geologists out there: zeolites are beautiful minerals. Like this one:
They are actually quite hard to find. They are hiding in the rock walls on the shore (and presumably somewhere else – we wouldn’t know). We saw two in total, but the pictures of the second one didn’t turn out too nice, so here’s the first one again:
The second – and far more impressive – thing about Teigahorn: We were (almost) alone there. It was so peaceful and quiet.
We crossed a small creek to get to this lovely bay. We stared at the sea, watched some ducks and just enjoyed the sunshine.
After a while we had to head back. Another two hour drive was waiting for us.
We are now on the east coast of Iceland – about 720 km from the airport – which means, we already went around half the island! It is fun to see how the vegetation and the general surroundings differ from one end to the other.
On Day 2 I talked about the barren land and the long ways that lie between the famous tourist attractions. But barren does not mean boring. In Djupivogur we came across a nice story, hand drawn by Dileydi Florez (https://www.dileydiflorez.com/). It is 13 pages long, if you want to read the whole thing, I guess you need to come here. This is page 8: