Sunday, February 25, 2018


Lis has been in town for nearly a week now; thanks to the Icelandic weather gods who grounded flights for a couple of days, that was a bit longer than planned. She is finally able to fly back to Reykjavík with today’s morning flight but the involuntary extension of her stay gave us a nice opportunity to do lots of nice things.

The weather proudly displayed all of its various moods – often all within the space of just an hour. The safest thing to do is swim, and we did that as much as possible. We ventured out a bit to the neighboring villages, walked and enjoyed plenty of good food, drink and conversation. 

On her last evening, we risked the harrowing drive to Súðavík despite flight-grounding adverse weather, to attend Þjóðakvöld – an evening to celebrate the various nationalities alll living in the tiny village (pop. 150) of Súðavík. 

Ten countries were represented and each prepared a bit of traditional food to create a true multicultural buffet. 

Afterwards a few people got up on stage and told their stories of how they came from their corner of the world to live here. Later, two contributors each played and sang a traditional song from their respective countries. It was a charming little event that was attended by many of the locals.  

Today is sólarkaffi in Suðureyri. They sure do have to wait a long time for the sun! The other fjords celebrated their sunny day a month ago. Indeed Súgandafjörður (the fjord where Suðureyri lies) is long (13.5 km) and narrow (1.5 km wide) so there never is really a lot of room left for the sun to make an appearance, no matter what time of year. I will skip this event today and enjoy my coffee at home where the sun shines bright onto the sofa and the warm, sleeping cat.