Icy In The City

16 Nov
Across the ice

Across the ice

Some people thought we were nuts, visiting Iceland in November but it’s so beautiful! We saw the Northern Lights – I can die happy now. Proper snow that sticks, not like over here. Bright, crisp days and iced up lakes and that low slanting sunshine that makes everything glow. We walked alongside the frozen lake in Reykjavik, past a house that we had heard about the day before during our afternoon at the Icelandic Elfschool. The house had been the site of Elf sightings and contact for decades.

Like many old European cities, it has grown organically and the older parts are full of little nooks and crannies, lovely odd houses and surprises around corners. Bright paint decorates many of the corrugated metal walls and roofs and the climate in the city is warm enough for trees.

The food is fabulous! Fish is a staple, in many forms, cooked, pickled, soused, salted, smoked. Lamb is another staple and the national Icelandic Lamb Soup, Kjotsupa, is very similar to the Welsh Cawl and Irish Stew, possibly a nod to their mixed Celtic / Viking heritage. We ate mostly in Cafe Loki which has the maddest mural Husb and I have ever seen. It takes up an entire wall and has scenes from the life of the Nordic god Loki, who was a bit of a bad ‘un so it’s full of slaughtered corpses receding into the distance. But that doesn’t detract from the ambience of the cafe, nor from the delicious food.

8 Responses to “Icy In The City”

  1. mrsdaffodil November 17, 2015 at 19:44 #

    You can tell from the photos that you’re in a northern city. That light, so beautiful; and doubly so, reflected in the ice.

    • Rosie Scribblah November 18, 2015 at 05:21 #

      It’s all about the light. So beautiful at this time of year.

  2. allesistgut November 17, 2015 at 08:47 #

    So great light and delicious food experiences. We were in Café Loki, too. But it was too crowded. So we left and never came back. Maybe next time. I’m hungry now! 😀

    • Rosie Scribblah November 18, 2015 at 05:17 #

      It’s a wonderful country. I love it and want to go back. Cafe Loki is definitely worth a visit.

  3. SBosque November 16, 2015 at 23:30 #

    333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333Thank you…beautiful.  ( Do you see all those #3’s…those are compliments of my cat, Sancho Panza…always helping).    Peace 

    • Rosie Scribblah November 16, 2015 at 23:42 #

      hahaha That’s the sort of thing that Sparta Puss and Ming The Merciless do as well 😀

  4. notes to the milkman November 16, 2015 at 23:20 #

    I’d love to go back to Akureyri but it would have to be in mid-winter. You’re a lucky girl (and boy)!

    • Rosie Scribblah November 16, 2015 at 23:27 #

      It’s fabulous. We’ve been twice in Winter and now we want to go back in summer, when we can afford to. Have to save like mad 😀

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