|I'm standing on Godafoss Waterfall|
Day 9 - North Iceland - Whales, Waterfalls, and Nature Baths
|Whale Watch Boat with North Sailing|
It had been pretty cold the past few days (40s Fahrenheit), and we were concerned that we would be freezing out on the boats. To our surprise and relief, the boat supplied the passengers with warm coveralls to protect us.
The sail was lovely and the crew hospitable. The naturalist spoke in English and gave us information about the local area and resident marine mammals. Iceland is a popular feeding ground in the summer for a number of whale species so it's not surprising that whale watch cruises do well there. We were lucky to get views of a humpback whale, multiple minke whales, and white-beaked dolphins. In addition, we enjoyed the beautiful views of the fjords and got lucky with some blue skies out at sea.
|Bundled up in for our whale watch!|
We returned three hours later hungry and happy. We strolled into the busy Naustid restaurant where we enjoyed delicious and heaping bowls of fish soup. It was the perfect way to warm up after the boat trip.
|Fish soup and bread at Naustid|
|View from base of Godafoss|
Next we went to Stöng Guesthouse. This guesthouse is off the beaten path but close to the popular tourist area of Myvatn. It offers dinner for purchase and a continental breakfast. There was a hot tub on the property but we didn't take advantage of it. Instead, we decided to drive into Myvatn area to visit the well know Myvatn Nature Baths. This large geothermal spa is very similar to the Blue Lagoon in the south. We enjoyed soaking in the warm water and relaxing after days of exploring by car. We were even treated to a mens' a capella choir that was singing and shooting some sort of movie in the pool!
|Myvatn Nature Baths|
Between whales, waterfalls, and nature baths, North Iceland is proving to be a jewel.
READ ABOUT THE NEXT DAY HERE: Day 10 - Myvatn - Craters, Sulfur Pots, and Steam Vents