Almost a proper forest :)

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We don´t have very many trees here in Iceland compared to most other countries and I have heard many people say that when they first land in Keflavik it looks like they are on the moon. But we do have some trees and in some places even quite a few.IMG_8665

This beautiful place is called Ásbyrgi, we went for a walk there before our gig in Kópasker. I haven´t visited Ásbyrgi since I was a kid but it was just as magical as I remembered.  Here is a nice picture of my nephew Júlían on his first visit there.

IMG_8649It was too far to walk for Arabella and by the end of our visit she was almost asleep on my back. I will bring her back here when she is a bit older :) IMG_8673

 

Post gig challenge

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After our gig in Þórshöfn we drove past this old bridge. My 9 year old nephew Júlían who was with us there really wanted to stop and walk all the way over. It was very windy, freezing and midnight. I made it about half way but Júlían and Alisdair went all the way over while I cheered them on and ate chocolate in the car.

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Bjarnveig´s pancakes, new hat and tónleikar in Þórshöfn.

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As soon as we arrived at Bjarnveig’s farm at Ytra Áland we felt like we were part of her family. She welcomed us with open arms and imediately started serving us tea and bread (well as soon as she managed to stop laughing after watching me running into the house with my special new hat). What can I say, I was attacked by an Arctic Tern (Kría) when I was about 10 years old and I am still very scared of them. There was lots of them around Ytra Áland so I was’t taking any chances.

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Bjarnveig is a very lively character and it didn’t take her long to gather around some of her neighbouring farmers and convincing me that we had to have a little pop up gig in her living room. It is hard to say no to such a friendly grandma that makes such lovely pancakes (she is famous for her pancakes around there :)

IMG_4966While we played a few songs over pancakes and coffee Arabella kept singing Mary Had a Little Lamb, again and again. Then when we finished playing she dragged me over to have a look at the ” little lamb ”

IMG_1642That evening we played a gig in Þórshöfn (pretty much on the opposite end of Iceland from Reykjavík). Our venue was a restaurant called Báran and the staff there were so friendly and welcoming, just like all the people we met in Þórshöfn.IMG_4965

This was the view from our table at Báran
IMG_4962I took this picture out of the window just before we left Bjarnveig’s house. A few minutes later she came and gave me  lots of freshly baked pancakes for the road.

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Vopnafjörður

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We arrived in Vopnafjörður in the rain, but we got such a warm welcome that the wether didn´t matter. We played in a beautiful venue called Kaupvangskaffi where we were greated with homemade soup and amazing chocolate cake. It is right by the sea and this was the view out of the window.IMG_4943There was such a lovely relaxed atmosphere at the gig and we will definitely be visiting Vopnafjörður again.IMG_1617

Fáskrúðsfjörður and over to Egilsstaðir

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There is a bit of a drive from Hornafjörður to Fáskrúðsfjörður so we stopped over at Stöðvarfjörður for a cup of tea and a little walk. IMG_1591Yes, this is how we needed to dress for a walk around town in the middle of summer

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After our gig in Fáskrúðsfjörður we drove over to Egilsstaðir where we were staying overnight at Skipalækur. The days are starting to get shorter as we move closer to autumn, but we still saw a bit of sun during our drive around midnight.

IMG_4913This photo was taken the next morning outside of one of the cute little cabins at Skipalækur. I wish we had been there in warmer weather.

IMG_1605The wind outside was so noisy that we ended up filming our live video inside the cabin.

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