Tuesday, August 16: We arrive at Lamb Inn Öngulsstadir at around 7:00 pm. We immediately fall in love with its idyllic setting in the valley at the end of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður.
The Lamb Inn is set on a former farm and the family still lives adjacent to the property.
Mike finds a Border Collie that reminds him of our dog, Bailey.
After settling in, we drive into the town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second urban area after the Capital Region, and the fourth largest municipality. It would be considered a small town by most standards, with a population slightly over 18,000. Known as the Capital of North Iceland, it’s an important port and fishing center.
We are debating between eating at Rub 23 or Strikið. We opt for the latter. But first we take a short stroll around the town.
Akureyrarkirkja, or The Church of Akureyri, is a prominent Lutheran church that towers over the center of the city. It was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, the State Architect of Iceland, and completed in 1940.
Walking down from the hill, we can see the harbor at the end of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður.
We settle in at Strikið, on the fifth (top) floor of Skipagata 14. I’ve become fond of an Icelandic white ale, Einstök Ölgerð. We enjoy our views over the harbor and I love my meal of Wolffish and Caridean shrimp in lemon & capers, potato mousse, parsnip and mussels sauce. Mike orders Reindeer burger with “Ljotur” blue & white cheese, herb mayonnaise, salad, peppers and tomato in brioche bread, served with fries. He doesn’t seem as enamored with his meal; for one, it’s too much food. He says the reindeer has that gamey flavor similar to venison.
After dinner, which is after 9:00, we stroll around by the harbor and enjoy the beautiful light as the sun goes down. We see the cultural center, Hof, used for music and other performing arts.
We also find some whale-watching boats.
At nearly 10:00, the sun is finally setting, as we return to our hotel for the night.
Total steps today: 10,315, or 4.37 miles. This is one of our lesser days of walking, as we were in the car most of the day; we drove a total of 242 miles. :-) Tomorrow, we plan to explore some of the northern fjords.