I spent 11 days in Iceland and had my fill of chasing the aurora, climbed glaciers, imbibed in local places both in Reykjavik and Akureyri with locals, visited museums, thermal pools and learned about the island's history. On my last day I wanted to do something out of the ordinary and Taxi No. 17, it offers quality personalized service and special private tours for single and small groups. They suggested something about an hour north of Akureyri on the Fjord. I took it as it sounded different and it was, perfectly fun and educational. It started with meeting the owner of Ektafiskur, a second generation fisheries where line caught fish is brought in and processed. I was very impressed with the sanitation and the manner in which cod was being processed upon my arrival. 600 kilos of cod had just arrived. Ektafiskur's owner, Elvar Reykjalin welcomed me as if we had known each other all our lives. He took me inside the processing plant and explain how they work the fish. It was truly a very eyeopening and educational experience. Talking about the rotten shark, he had some that he had prepared and cut a piece for him and one for me and like that I was inducted into the "Rotten Shark Club of Hauganes" and gave me a small certificate - I keep it proudly at my office to show others - and invited me to take a look at his Icelandic horses that he keeps on land a few kilometers away. We got on his snowmobile and rode onto clean fresh snow until the horses were visible. Beautiful horses that can be seen as a loving and extreme;y well cared for. Elvar also showed me his land's thermal energy process which heats the entire area. The compound near the fishery has a newly built restaurant that has the freshest fish I have tasted; and while the restaurant is not open off season, it certainly can host small groups that would enjoy the visit and eat fish galore.
What I enjoyed most of this one day was meeting Elvar and seeing his zest for life, for his business and the curiosity about learning of the visitors he welcomes. This is one truly genuine individual, filled with life and desire to entertain, and a terrific business professional as well. I think that I have made a long distance, long life friend in Elvar.
It was by far the most fulfilling day of my time in Iceland. Highly recommend a visit and Taxi No. 17 can arrange it.
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