On the Road continued...
After bathing in a natural hot spring at Hveravellir (highlands) we drove further north, all the way up to Hofsós. The road was not as bumpy and we got there earlier than planned. It was still a long day but still sunny and it was great eating Dídí's homemade meatballs and fish at Sólvík Restaurant.
The next day we had a full day at the Emigration Center at Hofsós, the weather was beautiful and everybody was happy. Nelson Gerrard, Historian from Riverton, made them fill out their family trees and gave them a thorough tour of his exhibit, Silent Flashes. Some of the Snorris found a picture of a gr. grandfather or a gr. gr. grandmother. In the afternoon everybody went swimming at the most beautiful swimming pools in Iceland, if not the world. It was so sunny that some of us got a sunburn.
The next day we said goodbye to Hofsós and drove to the other side of Skagafjörður, to Reykir. The sun was not shining but it was warmer than the day before. The boat ride to Drangey Island was only a half hour and we all climbed on top without much difficulty. "The Puffin Caretaker" told everyone a story of Grettir the Strong who was an outlaw on the island (2011 group know whom I am referring to). "If you had told me that the view was so great from the island I would have put on my make-up," one of the girls said.
The next day, yesterday, we woke up in Vestur-Húnavatnasýsla. It was raining but nice, and beautiful Icelandic horses were waiting for us at Gauksmýri farm. They were very professional over there and we all arrived back safely after about an hour's ride.
It stopped raining and we had our last picnic at Skallagrímur's park in Borgarnes before heading back to the city to pick up all the luggage that wasn't needed for the tour. My husband needed to pick up four bags because both trailer and bus were packed!
Graduation ceremony was very successful. The Snorris all presented their diverse final assignments and Halldór Árnason, Chair of the Snorri Foundation, graduated all 16 Snorri-2012 participants. Wonderful last dinner with Snorris and board members and off to the Blue Lagoon we went!
Everyone is packing right now, getting ready for Keflavík International....
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