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Eastfjords

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There are 109 fjords in Iceland. Fjord: a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs, typically formed by submergence of a glaciated valley. Today we wound our way around a few of them in the East. Here's what many of the fjord towns look like.

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First, though, here is our cozy camper bed & the view from our camper this morning!

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Shopping for snacks & lunch with the cute kiddie cart. Look at that fancy pig in a blanket (& a delicious pizza pastry).

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As we pulled into our last town to use the swimming pool, we noticed yet another colorful "pillow" in the park, so we had to check it out. It's a huge bouncy without the house!

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Posted by WorldTravl 21:31 Archived in Iceland Tagged swimming lunch camper iceland fjord bounce Comments (2)

The Silver of the Sea

Iceland's Herring Industry

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In the early 1900’s, fishing for herring in Iceland was like panning for gold in California. Tiny settlements became bustling, lively towns as money was made from producing salted herring, fish oil, & fish meal. The herring disappeared around 1970, which led to the demise of many of these towns. The Herring Era Museum in the picturesque town of Siglufjörður beautifully displays & explains the importance of this industry to Iceland’s development. This display shows many templates that were used to mark barrels.

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We had a few looong one-way tunnels in our next stretch of driving. There are little pull-out areas headed in just one direction to allow cars to pass.

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We’ve seen these beautiful purple flowers in little patches along the roads.

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The Skutustadir Pseudocraters create interesting land formations near Lake Myvatn.

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As usual, the last stop of the day included swimming & soaking, this time at the natural & sulphuric Myvatn Nature Baths. The water is warm & milky-white from the minerals. Similar to Krauma a few days ago, this one is also quite commercialized, touristy, & pricey, & we didn’t enjoy it that much. So I think the lesson is to stick to the more local & affordable swimming pools!

We ended the day with cold but clear weather. Here is the back of our camper. There is a bench seat, a little sink, & three pull-out bins to hold dishes & utensils & such. There are two storage areas under the bench seat, so we emptied our luggage into those & left our suitcases at the Happy Camper office. We can use a little camping stove on the counter. At night, we fold the bench down flat to create the bed. We have cozy duvets & a Webasto heater to keep us warm.

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Posted by WorldTravl 22:37 Archived in Iceland Tagged museum swimming camping tunnel crater camper iceland herring mývatn Comments (3)

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