Friday, July 15, 2011

A Trip Back in Time – Iceland, Days 3 and 4

This is clearly out of order, since we’ve been in Copenhagen for a week, but we never wrote about the last 2 days of Iceland, and I know you all are curious.  On Day 3 in Iceland, we went white-water rafting in the Hvítá River, which is a glacier river.  We wore wetsuits and spash jackets and helmets and neoprene booties, some of which you can see in the background of the picture below.  Believe it or not, we didn’t take any pictures during the rafting trip :)


On the way to and from the river, we had to drive in a van across the narrowest bridge you can imagine.  There was really no room for error in either direction, but our guide/driver was extremely good!


When we got back, we rested for a while then walked around the city a bit more, stopping in front of the Hallgrímskirkja church.  I think it’s almost 9pm in this picture, not that you can tell!


We wandered our way over to the best ice cream place in Reykjavik, called Ísbuð Vesturbæjar.  When we got lost looking for it, a local pointed us in the right direction and recommended that we get the “old” ice cream.  We took his advice, and we were glad because it seemed like the “new” ice cream was just soft serve.  They gave us as many toppings as we wanted!  It was great.

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On our way back, we encountered this cool-looking house.


And this extremely cute one!


On Day 4, we only had a half day because of our flight to Copenhagen, but we made the most of it and went to the National Museum of Iceland, which was really fun.


They had these Viking-era mittens, which were created using a technique called needle coiling, which was a precursor to knitting.  Of course we thought of our friend Rebecca, who is a super knitter!


Here’s a closeup of one of the mittens.


One of the best parts of the National Museum of Iceland (and many museums, we’re finding) was the children’s section.  There was chain-mail armor that we could pick up to see how heavy it was, and of course the sword, shield, and helmet that were available for trying on, as you can see in the pictures below.

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There were also some less threatening costumes.  We look pretty awesome, right?


And then we left for the airport, which brings us to the end of our time in Iceland.  Next up, Copenhagen updates!


  1. Haha, I love that last picture! Are you peasants or Icelandic nobility? Or some of both?


  2. Wow, this looks like SO much fun! How long is it taking you to type all those crazy Icelandic letters?

    - Clare

  3. Everything I've seen with viking coiling has been with wire (in jewelery making classes etc). I've never tried it myself, but I'm now going to have to dig deep to see if there are instructions on how to do it with fibers. :)