“Wait! Don't leave! You can't tell a book by its cover. . .”
Iceland has been on my bucket list for years. I caught a great sale on Icelandair and, rather hurriedly, arranged accommodations through Icelandic Farm Holidays (www.farmholidays.is -- highly recommended!) Langaholt was my first stop. Having seen nothing but breathtaking natural beauty and human tidiness all day, I was appalled to see the clutter outside the entrance to this bunkhouse-style, edge-of-shabby property. (broken furniture, rusting golf clubs scattered about, etc.). Shortly I was greeted by the ebullient owner--who, incidentally, always dresses in his Tom Waits-like costume. With some trepidation, I followed him through a dimly-lit bar-buffet space and down a long hall to my assigned room--and breathed a great sigh of relief! It was small but sufficient, bright, simple, and immaculate, with a lovely view of the neighbor's pastures and barn, the sea, and the glacier in the distance. All of the rooms have splendid views, in fact. Kelly, the eccentric proprietor, asked whether I'd like dinner--fresh fish and local produce--and about my breakfast preferences. Needless to say, my apprehensions began to melt away, and were completely gone by dinner time. Kelly is a phenomenal cook, and he takes great care to serve the freshest fish available. He also turned out to be a great conversationalist, wryly humorous, thoroughly versed in and proud of the region, Icelandic culture and its Viking heritage, and eager to share as much or as little of his opinions and personal story as one invites. I stayed two days and was extremely well fed at both breakfast (included in the booking) and dinner. (Try the fixed price dinner; perhaps a little expensive but worth it.) It was a perfect place to come home to after a day of exploring the magnificent Snaefellsnes. Save time to walk around the sea-side golf course, converted from former sheep pastures, or play a round. Relish the sunsets. I am so eager to return, and to chat up with Kelly! The cover of this book may be a bit shabby, but the story is delightful.
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