Day 29: Varmahlíð – Akureyri

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Day 29: Monday 31 July 2017

 

Reasonable good nights sleep for all, despite our bruises and injuries.
Late and slow start.

Weather at start of day, and for the whole day, was calm, warm, blue sunny skies, with occasional white clouds.
Perfect summer day…

 

After packing up and exiting the cottage, we visited Hestasport Check-in, to deliver the cottage key and provide final status update.

Hestasport were very kind to offer the additional stay-over day for free, given our unfortunate circumstances, which was very highly appreciated.

THANK YOU !!!

 

 

We then drove Road 1 eastwards to Akureyri.

 

 

Once in Akureyri, we drove straight to Akureyri Hospital, where Gunnar requested a second opinion upon his broken collar bone situation.

His condition and the diagnosis provided was the same as that given at Sauðárkrókur hospital.

 

 

We then drove into centre of town, and walked the main streets to sightsee as tourists.

 

 

Visited Akureyrarkirkja or The Church of Akureyri, which is a prominent Lutheran church towering above the city on a hill.

It was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, completed in 1940, and contains a notably large 3200-pipe organ.

A unique interpretation of the crucifixion and a suspended ship hanging from the ceiling which reflects an old Nordic tradition of giving offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea.

 

 

The opaque central window in the chancel once belonged to Coventry Cathedral in England.

 

 

The buildings within the main street are very interesting shapes and colours….

 

 

 

Akureyri is the largest urban area (after the Capital Region) and fourth largest municipality (after Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður, and Kópavogur).

Nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre.

The area where Akureyri is located was settled in the 9th century but did not receive a municipal charter until 1786.

The town was the key site of Allied units during World War II. Further growth occurred after the war as the Icelandic population increasingly moved into urban areas.

The area has a relatively mild climate due to geographical factors, and the town’s ice-free harbour has played a significant role in its history

 

 

We finally eat at the Hamburger Factory – Excellent food, and very inventive menu (newspaper).

 

 

Due to our aching physical conditions, we decided to find a hotel room for the night (not camping).

We found rooms at Edda Hotel – which is probably the best kept hotel location secret in Iceland !!!

It took us quite a bit of effort to find the place – very well hidden behind other buildings, with a complete lack of signs to assist anyone trying to fnd the hotel…

 

 

Spent evening catching up with internet tasks, and planning changes to our forthcoming agenda.

 

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2 Responses

  1. Pete
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    Hey.. How are things going?? Are you too busy too upload any blog posts??

    • Neil Smith
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      Hei Pete

      Sorry for lack of Daily Blogs for last few days.

      In an area where the internet connection is very poor at best, and simply not usable most of the time.

      Will wait until we reach another internet hotspot, then update.

      Thanks for your patience….
      Cheers
      Neil

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