June 8: Akureyri
We had a very quiet day today, letting our legs recover from all the hiking. European dryers were not designed for American fabrics, so this was the aftermath of our laundry yesterday:
Trish went forth to a nearby bakery, Bakaríið Við Brúna, to fetch breakfast for us. She chose a baguette and a local pastry with three different toppings. It had a stripe of cinnamon sugar and almonds, a stripe of custard, and a stripe of chocolate. It was very tasty!
We also found a salad place for lunch!
We both napped the afternoon away…
and then went for a 1 hour horseback ride!
Icelandic horses are small, shaggy, and known for being friendly. They also have a fifth gait, called “tölt,” which has all the speed of a canter but the smoothness of a walk. Unfortunately, I only got to experience that for about two steps because my horse, Bjartur, was not interested in working any harder than absolutely necessary.
Still, it was a lot of fun and the ride was through some truly beautiful scenery. A seal also watched us go by from the water!