Friday, April 13, 2012

Akureyri, Iceland by Cruise Ship

Myvatn Nature Baths
Akureyri, Iceland:  Before arriving in Akureyri, we crossed the Arctic Circle overnight.  Princess actually gave each passenger a “certificate of achievement” to honor this momentous occasion.  Just so happened we were sleeping when all that happened so not sure what we missed.  J  Anyway, we got very adventurous in Akureyri.  I had researched car rentals in the internet café the day before and ended up renting a car that was available for pickup right at the pier.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive a Suzuki Swift with Automatic Transmission!  They drive on the right side of the road here!  Akureyri is a small town so it was easy enough to follow the maps to our intended destinations.  We drove a couple hours out of town to Godafoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn and the Nature Baths.  Very rugged country.  My only white knuckle experiences of the trip were going over the mountain into and out of the city.  When we left the city in the morning, it was about 32 degrees and as we ascended the smoothly paved roads right on the edge of the mountainside it began to rain and snow.  Needless to say, I was a bit apprehensive about what this mountainside road would be like when we returned 6 hours later.  Turned out to be fine but I was glad my daughter was asleep in the passenger seat so she didn’t see my anxiety as I followed the winding road back down the mountain at the end of the day!  Doing things on our own here worked out very well because we got to see more than we would have on an organized excursion and we were able to go at our own pace.  We enjoyed wonderful lamb stew at the Nature Baths café. 
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