Plenty of farm machinery to look at if you're into that sort of thing!
Lots of animals,
fabulous looking cow,
check out those horns!
A few horses
This little piggy could sleep all the way home!
Plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal.
There were even dogs on show!
Plus plenty of crafts and demonstrations of traditional skills such as spinning, butter churning and cream making.
From here we went in pursuit of our goals for the rest of the day...find a few caches, mark coordinates of a few spots for new caches to place and end the day with a swim in the fabulous Hofsós pool. Having said this we did not start out till 2 in the afternoon, firstly we took the coords for a couple of contender places for future caches to place.
One being near the ferryman.
Ferjumaðurinn Jón Ósmann who use to ferry people and goods across the river...
And another at Garðsvatn Lake, a particularly good bird watching spot.
Then we ventured to Kolkous, down a gravel road to our first cache find for the day, it was amazing that the Bjarki and Patricia's little car was still in one piece as that gravel road vibrated the hell out of it and us. But we found the cache which was where a large health spa was planned to be built to cater for the Japanese tourist market...but alas after the 2008 crash it did not eventuate. This place has also just recently been excavated by archaeology students.
Bjarki with his very first cache find and Annabelle looking on.
From here we travelled towards Hofsós firstly to checkout Patricia and Bjarki's potato patch.
Many Icelanders plant potatoes every summer and there are many communal plots like this around.
All the plots of potatoes were thriving....
all except one!
I wonder who that belongs to?
Hmm...Bjarki´s and Patricia's potato patch was a little sad to say the least...especially for a couple of food scientists....we all had a good laugh!
We then ventured on to find the Hofsós Cliff cache that has eluded me twice before. To get to the cache we had to climb along a narrow ledge of Basalt rocks about 26m above the sea below....a little scary...I have scrambled along here twice before, never finding the cache which is hidden on the upper edge of a large rock....damn it...they're all large rocks...but this time we went a little higher and I just happened to sit on the right damn rock...it was a clever little hide. So Dizzy Dames and Bern and Gill who were with me on the two previous searches...I finally have been able to log a find on this one.
View down from cache location!
Unfortunately we took just a bit too long and the pool was closing as we entered which was a shame as we were really ready to soak our bodies and soak up the fabulous view from this spot.
Definitely will come back to the Hofsós pool for a swim sometime soon!
Bjarki and Patricia wanted to go to this restaurant that they had been to before which apparently is excellent...so excellent in fact that they were totally booked out when we arrived and we couldn't get a table.
Beer garden out the front of the restaurant we could not get into.
These two chaps were also waiting for a table!
impressive scrap wood sculptures
This path went around and up the other side of the mountain and acts as a bit of a barrier for avalanches as the side had been excavated straight down into the rock.
View of Siglufjörður as we ascend.
This is a very gloomy/shadowy pic (night time remember) of the steel railings up on the mountain which help to stop snow avalanches sliding down onto the township below.
It was very dark as we made our way back down the mountain to the car.
View of Siglufjörður as we descend!
It was a good hours drive back to Sauðárkrókur and I got in at midnight and still needed to take Perla for a walk as she had been cooped up inside for most of the day. I certainly have had my workout for the
Thanks to Bjarki, Patricia and Annabelle for a great afternoon/night out.