Akureyri rhymes with Tipperary, doesn't it?
Trip Start Jun 22, 2006
21Trip End Jul 12, 2006
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I left Laugarbakki at about 9:30 and my plan was to drive up to a seal colony called Hindisvik, but I must've missed the turnoff and didn't hear any seals honking so I missed it
I carried on until I arrived at Akureyri, Iceland's 2nd biggest city with a whopping population of 15,139 according to my Lonely Planet, where I'd be staying the next two nights. Akureyri lies at the head of a long fjord and is charming. It has a funky modern church on a hill overlooking the city centre and a couple of streets with shops, restaurants, cafes, etc.
After checking in at my Hotel Edda, (I swear whomever modelled the rooms was hankering for his university days for my room totally resembled a dorm double!) I did some shopping. I picked up an Icelandic sweater and a book of photographs called "Lost in Iceland". I should be able to reclaim 15% of the cost at the airport using their tax rebate system - cool! I tried to find a t-shirt for dad but they were mostly hideous, kitschy things and of the two designs I did like, none were big enough. Sorry Papa San! I'll keep looking.
My dinner was cheap and non-traditional - a veggie sandwich from Subway. So shoot me! It's not as if there's much of anything traditionally Icelandic I can eat here since I'm a vegetarian. They're into fish being an island nation and all. Does the lady protest a tad too much perhaps? Shut up!
I turned in rather early as I planned to get up and have brekkie at 6:30 and be on the road by 7:30.