We moved around A LOT during our week in Iceland. Like, a new place every night A LOT. But we did make it back to some of our very favorite places from our 2018 visit—and some things were just as magical as they were the first time, while others weren’t quite what we remembered.
Following a pretty fantastic lunch at Hannes Boy, we headed to the Herring Era Museum, which is pretty much the highlight of the town, save the swanky-looking hotel where we were sadly not staying. Sam will go to pretty much any maritime or fishing museum, so he was definitely the most interested in learning about the history of the “herring adventure” in Iceland. I was probably most taken by the exhibits featuring artifacts from the “herring girls” who worked salting and processing the herring. The attic rooms in the final building were filled with their clothing, cooking utensils, and miscellaneous other belongings.
We wrapped up the day by driving onto Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city (pop. ~ 19,000). There, we stayed at the Hotel Icelandair, squeezed into a single room with a set of bunk beds (claimed by Ben and Addie), a double bed (occupied by Sam and me), and a single bed at the foot of the double, for Henry. It was a lot of us to pack into a single room, needless to say, and it was no one’s best night of sleep.
That evening, after a leisurely stroll through downtown and along the waterfront, we grabbed dinner at NOA Seafood Restaurant, where Sam, Addie and I had enjoyed a lovely dinner last summer. The food was good once again—and the catch of the day was once again wolffish. The chef stopped by each table and pulled up a photo of a wolffish, as he had done last year, to show diners what they were eating (they are rather large and ugly, with very big teeth). Not saying that the catch of the day is always wolffish, but… maybe the catch of the day is often wolffish? I dunno.