Reading is Learning

To curl up in the sofa under a blanket with a good book is one of my favourite things to do on a day like this when the sky is gray and you can feel the rain in the air (yes we’re still stuck with rain and no snow 😦 ) But to be able to do that you need books and since 90% of mine are still in Sweden with the rest of our things it was time to try to increase the tiny library I do have here. So this weekend we went to the small book fair at Perlan. I was hoping there would be some English books there, but unfortunately I couldn’t find any. But I did end up buying one book, but it’s in Icelandic. I doubt that I can read it, but maybe someday soon when my Icelandic has gotten a little better I can at least try.

When I moved to Denmark I also had a bit of a problem with the language, not as much as here but still, and one way I learned the language was by reading books by one of my favourite authors Marian Keyes. I have most of her books and some of them I’ve read so many times that I know them by heart now. So it was so perfect to start with those book when I wanted to learn. My plan was to do the same here, but unfortunately Iceland is a bit behind once again. Marian Keyes hasn’t released any books in Icelandic! This was a huge shock for me and an even bigger disappointment. So my great plan fell to pieces. My next step is probably to start Icelandic classes, because I’m tired of not understanding when people are talking so it’s time to learn!

Crossing off the list

I can finally cross off some things on my Bucket list!!!

First thing to cross off was the Blue Lagoon. We went there a couple of weekends ago. Doddi was driving for some Norwegian tourists and so on that Friday we picked them up at the airport and then went with them to the Blue Lagoon. We were very unlucky with the weather this day, it was rather windy and raining. It was so windy that evening that the rain came straight from the side. So my first visit to the Blue Lagoon was during the best of conditions, but it was still pretty great! 🙂 But because of the weather we didn’t take any pictures at all, which was really too bad. But then again, the pictures wouldn’t have turned out that great, the vision was very limited. Hopefully I will get to go there again someday and then I will for sure hope its better weather so that I can get some pictures from there!

Second thing to cross off my list was driving a Super Jeep in snow! During our trip to Skjaldbreiður and Langjökull Saturday I finally got to drive the Jeep in the snow. When we were at the bottom of the glacier we did a short stop and when we were getting ready to drive on Doddi asked if I wanted to try to drive for a while. Since this is on my bucket list I couldn’t say no so I got behind the wheel and started to drive and it was the most fun I’ve ever had! I knew it was going to be fun, but it was so amazing to drive up that glacier in perfect weather and looking around you at the stunning view! I definitely have to do it again and again!!! 🙂 So not only did I get to cross off driving in snow, I also got to cross off driving on a glacier, how amazing is that! Thank you Sweetie for trusting me with your beloved car 😉

A perfect day

Saturday we had amazingly nice weather here and so of course we had to get out of our little apartment and go for a drive in the mountains. We went with on other car and our goal for the day was to drive to Skjaldbreiður, which is an old volcano.We have tried to drive up this mountain once before on our way back from Langjökull last time. That time the weather was pretty bad as you might remember, and we had huge problems getting up the mountain. It took forever to drive the short distance and we stopped before reaching the top. The snow was just horrible and even if we had managed to get up there we wouldn’t have seen anything so we drove home instead. Saturday we did not have this problem. The sun was shining down on us from a blue sky and the snow was perfect, so it only took us about 20 minutes or so to reach the top of Skjaldbreiður, and not hours like last time 😉 The view form up there was stunning! To see all those mountain in their black and white and the super blue sky, it was mind-blowing for sure.

On top of Skjaldbreiður

On top of Skjaldbreiður

Traveling buddies

Traveling buddies

Langjökull seen from Skjaldbreiður

Langjökull seen from Skjaldbreiður

Since it was so easy for us to get up Skjaldbreiður, we of course had to continue on driving and standing up there we could see Langjökull and some tracks leading up the glacier. We’ve never tried to get up the glacier from that side, but since there were tracks we thought we might try it. So we drove down the mountain again and went across to the glacier. This time it was not an impossible glacier 😉 The snow was completely different from what it had been the time before. The car was just gliding on top of the snow without sinking too much which made it super easy to drive, and we actually made it all the way up to the top of the glacier! Even if the weather was as great up there as it had been up on Skjaldbreiður, it was still an amazing day and I had so much fun! 🙂

On my way up the glacier

On my way up the glacier

Up on Langjökull

Up on Langjökull

An impossible glacier? part II

Our latest trip to the glacier Langjökull was just a few weekends ago. The 4×4 club here in Reykjavík had organized a trip for “smaller” super Jeeps to go to the glacier and since our Jeep is “small-ish” we decided to go. In total we were about 60 cars going all divided up in different groups to make sure no one got lost 😉 Our Jeep finally has his winter tires on now and is working a lot better so this really was a trip I was looking forward to, I was finally going to drive up on the glacier. So far I haven’t driven our car in snow (to be honest I haven’t driven it much at all on any surface) and since we were going with all these “small” cars the plan was that I would drive parts of the day. As mentioned before we haven’t been very luck with snow and this weekend there was even less than normal even up on the mountains. Instead of the roads up there being covered in snow they were now all covered in first mud and then later on ice. Must say that I was very happy that the Jeep had his “winter shoes” on this day, with all that ice on the road it would have been horrible. Some of the other cars didn’t have spiked tires and they had huge problems at time. But because of this I didn’t get to drive, or to be honest I didn’t want to drive. Ice roads just isn’t my favourite so I stayed in the passenger seat. I was thinking that as soon as we got to snow and the roads got better I would switch with Doddi, but the roads never seemed to get better, there was just ice or super wet snow all over and as we made our way towards the glacier the weather seemed to be getting worse and worse. When we were below the glacier having lunch the weather really took a turn for the worst and soon we couldn’t see much of anything around us. Still our group decided to try our luck on the glacier and so we started driving and it was so much easier for us this time, and we didn’t get stuck half way up like last time 😉 A glacier is a very dangerous place to drive if you don’t know where to drive, and since we had never made it up here before we didn’t have any route to follow on our GPS so we just had to follow the other cars hoping they knew where to go 😉 As we go further on the glacier the weather just got worse and worse and soon we were having problems seeing the cars in front of us. To our disappointment our group leader soon decided that he had enough of this weather and told all of us to turn back down. Since we didn’t have a track to follow we couldn’t go alone so we followed the others and went back down even if all we wanted was to continue on.

Third time wasn’t the charm for us and we never got to explore much of Langjökull, but we did make it further than last time so maybe after a few more trips there we might even get to cross it if we’re lucky 😉 It’s so hard to know how your trips will be, sometimes the weather stops you and sometimes your car is the problem. All I know is that we’re not giving up! I will drive on that glacier, one day! 😉

Icelandic traditions II

As most of you know there has been celebrated “Þorrablót” for a few weeks now and we have of course also been to one, a couple of weekends ago.  For those of you who don’t know what Þorrablót is then to explain it very simple, it’s just an evening where you get together and eat the old traditional Icelandic food. Many have huge gatherings, and it’s especially common on the country side to have larger parties.

Doddi’s work had invited all employees to come celebrate Þorrablót and since we wouldn’t have the opportunity to go to Akureyri and celebrate it with Doddi’s family, we decided to go to the one at his work. All the “great” food was there and I actually tried some of it. So for the first time in my life I tasted shark, and I must admit that it wasn’t as bad as I had thought, mainly because it doesn’t taste as bad as it smells 😉 I also tried some other things, but my biggest achievement was definitely the shark. I didn’t have the guts to trySúrir hrútspungar” (sheep balls), it just looks so horrible and just the thought about eating sheep balls were too much for me. Another thing on the table which I still haven’t tried issvið” (sheep head). It just does not appeal to me, but I guess I will have to try it at some point. The good thing is that Doddi doesn’t eat these things either so I’m kind of safe 😉 The best thing on the table is definitelyHangikjöt” (smoked lamb), which I have learned to appreciate now, so I didn’t starve during the evening 😉

An example of the food to be found on the Þorrablót-table
(picture is borrowed)

Icelandic traditions

Yesterday was “Bollurdagur” here in Iceland and of course we had to celebrate it by buying some Bollur 🙂 Last year Doddi made them himself but he didn’t have time to bake this year so we just bought some at the bakery, but I must say that they were not as good as the ones Doddi makes 😉 Still they were very tasty 🙂

We of course had to try some different ones to see which ones were the most tasty

We of course had to try some different ones to see which ones were the most tasty