East Fjordland

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Today we headed off from the hotel to journey through the East Fjordlands, with a quick stop in Hofn on the way to look at the glacier exhibition.

The whole area reminded us of Scotland if a little windier.  The car swayed from side to side as we headed up the twisty roads up the side of a number of fjords.  We stopped off for a wander on the beach, which was fantastic, if a little cold, until Lucy, Dan and Jeff got wet from a big wave.  Lucy was not amused and got a little cross!  Once back at the car, Daniel thought he would be clever by stealing sweets from the glove compartment.  On opening the door our treasured map flew out, along with the sweets and ended up in the water!  Jeff shot off and managed to get the map back.  We were not amused and Daniel ended up in the dog house for a while.

We came across a querky little museum (once again I will look the name up later) which consisted of a lady's lifelong collection of rocks.  Her house had become over run with her finds, then her garden.  The children loved her garden, particularly when we found more fairy houses!  The museum was run by her children and grandchildren.  Really friendly people and a lovely place to visit.

After driving through lots of fjords we ended up at a beautiful place (I’ll have to look the name up later.)  It was pouring down with rain when we arrived, but the place still looked gorgeous; a beautiful little village on the edge of a fjord with extremely steep sides.  The houses looked like lego houses, so neat and tidy.  We found a great bistro to eat in and spent several hours there.  The staff were so friendly, Lucy and Daniel played up stairs with a paper aeroplane whilst we used the internet and got to chat to Larissa in NZ.  The food was fantastic too.  It was so freezing outside, but so cosy inside, we really didn’t want to leave.

Eventually we had to move off back over the mountainside to find our hotel, and what a gorgeous find that was too; a lakeside room full of querky furniture with a heated floor.  Good job really as there were wet walking boots and socks to dry from the sea incident in the morning.
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