Oh dear I have so been neglecting this blog...just really have not had the energy for it. The start to 2013 has not been brilliant for me and this is the first week since halfway through January that I have not been ill. Nothing serious just a myriad of annoying, debilitating illness' several colds and flu's, a vomiting bug, painful conjunctivitis the worst I have ever had, which once over caused a bout of neuritis which lasted for about 2 weeks and gave me incredible pain in my head...electric like jolts of pain that would last for only 2-4 seconds but at one stage I was getting about 200 of these jolts a day!
I can attribute my grandson Henry as the sharer of most of these contagious illness' since he has started Leikskólar (pre-school) he seems to catch everything going around and of course as any grandmother knows it is absolutely impossible for nanny not to kiss and cuddle her grandson fortunately he did not share his bout of pin worms with me!
I am now reveling in this wonderful wellness feeling which of course has been heightened by its notable absent these last couple of months...it is just so good to feel well...so I will whinge no more about my health.
The weather has been superb of late and apparently March has been the sunniest March in over a decade and even some of the migratory birds have arrived a couple of weeks early. So to make the most of the fine weather on Easter Sunday I travelled with friends to Hólmavík and Drangsnes in the lower eastern part of the westfjords for a little geocaching...really just an excuse to see more of this fabulous country.
One of the caches was near this cairn which had an amazing view from all angles.
Facing the water was a wonderful vista of the Steingrímsfjörður
with a fab view over Hólmavík
and from behind was the majestic scene of þiðriksvalladalur (valley).
The day was a little overcast with blue sky breaking through here and there. There was absolutely no wind all day and it was relatively warm...I was able to get in and out of the car at times without jacket, gloves hat or scarf.
An island floating in the sky
10 minute boat ride in summer. *Not to be confused with the island Grímsey that straddles the Arctic Circle just north of Dalvik, we did have quite a conversation how a few town names are repeated around Iceland and how confusing that can be for novices like me.
On the main street of Drangsnes were 3 public hot tubs with a fabulous view of the fjord, free to use, with the showers just across the road...what a wonderful idea...I think we need some of these in Sauðárkrókur.
I have read that Drangsnes's population is only 72, however there was a good percentage of that 72 in these hot tubs...a little crowded this easter day, so we moved on looking for something a little more private.
We stopped to do a little cache here
where the coastline was very rocky and craggy.
This is not a pic of white beach sand...it is snow
At this same spot there was a huge amount of driftwood which probably floats in from Russia. I could have spent hours here fossicking but my friends were back in the car ready to move on to the next spot.
The time was around 6pm and the next spot was in the Bjarnarfjörður valley...a cache was near the Sorcerers Cottage...the turf hut building in the above photo, the small pool of water in the front of the building was steaming hot, apparently this area is renowned for its abundance of natural geothermal springs.
This is the view from the cache hide, the cream building is the Laugarhóll Hotel and just in the middle of the pic you can see the amazing geothermal pool.
So we decided to forgo our search for food and spend the time soaking in the pool 32°
and then the rock lined natural hot spring 42°....it was sooo relaxing....definitely a good decision.
Well I am off to take Perla for a walk, she just loves being out in this type of snow weather...I promise to come back and visit soon.