Took a day tour with Gisli of Saga Tours, he is a character who describes himself as a Viking. . Went to the waterfall of the gods (Godfoss). Beautiful. Went to the geothermal wells that produce the power and heat for the area and saw the boiling mud and steam vents. Had an excellent dinner at Vogafjos "the cowshed cafe" of fish and beer. Karen had the meat balls and proclaimed them wonderful. This is a unique restaurant that does have a dairy operation on the other side of a glass wall. We proceeded to the Myvatn Nature Baths for a relaxing swim in the hot baths. We finished the day with the drive home to Akureyri watching for the northern lights. Unfortunately we came up empty. If they try and are not able to find any lights they will honor that for a second try the next night..
The next day did the coast tour with Katta in a 12 person van. Saw lovely country going north on the coast tour. Saw the "fish factory" and the herring museum in Siglufjordur. Quite interesting to learn of the rise of the industry and the fall from over fishing. Went through the one lane tunnels in the north of the island up to the lighthouse. The tunnels are an adventure as they may be four or five kilometers and not straight. So anyone driving must know that local "rules of the road.". .
Later (about ten) Saga tours picked us up for a second try for the northern lights This night we got a few miles from town and pulled off the road as some small lights were seen. We all piled out of the big bus and watched as the show grew more and more intense. We had about an hour show with lights directly overhead on a cold but clear night unfortunately with a 70% moon. Any person wishing to photograph the lights does need to remember to have a tripod (get a good one as mine broke in the dark) and a "cable release" as you will shoot about thirty second exposures.
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