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Monday, May 30 update

We spent much of the day in the lovely Seyðisfjörður. First stop was a short walk to the Skaftfell museum, where we saw an exhibit that was just about to be taken down. It was called “Frontiers of Solitude.”

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Presumably there will be a new exhibit for the summer.

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Next was a 2 minute drive to the Technical Museum of East Iceland. They are officially opening for the season 2 days from now (June 1st) but we got a sneak peak of this amazing museum. I guess you can describe this as “several buildings with actual working machines from either a fairly long time ago or a really long time ago.” Printing presses from the 1950s (above), a machine shop from the 1900s (below), Iceland’s first telegraph from 1906 (further below), and more.
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Not everything is working right now, but a lot of it does work, and the museum is very ambitious and very impressive.

After a quick picnic lunch in the car, we climbed up to Tvísöngur, the stone sculpture made of concrete domes that resonate in interesting ways. It’s a steep hike uphill, including a couple of water crossings. The water is shallow, but still slightly treacherous for little feet. And you can’t really see your goal until you’re almost on top of it:

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The kids had a great time talking and singing inside of the domes; we had them to ourselves for much of the time. And the hike down was of course much easier than the trek up:

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After our time exploring Seyðisfjörður, it was time to head west about half an hour to Egilsstaðir. A good bit of that half hour was spent on the mountain between the cities, where we spent some quality time in a cloud:

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There are some tricky curves with speed limits of 30km/h, so take it slow!

We’re planning to spend a week here in Egilsstaðir, relaxing and exploring East Iceland.

Monday, May 30 update was last modified: May 30th, 2016 by Eric