Another view of Iceland

Siggi invited me to go for a drive with him out to another beach and to a different view of the land, so I jumped up like a puppy and said, ‘yes, ‘yes, ‘me, ‘me, ‘take me’.

Not exactly, but it was a great offer because the views were spectacular and I met a man who I mentioned on another day, his daughter, son-in-law, two grandchildren and an all white labrador.

And then there was that flock of swans. How many times in one life would you have a chance to see more than one at a time? And now there were well over twenty.

We stopped the car and for awhile they just stood there and watched us, then, when Siggi made some noise, a few of them flapped their wings, rose, and flew away in a circle. A moment never to be forgotten. Beautiful birds, and wonderful to see them in their natural surroundings.

An abundance of drift wood, strewn along the road: all shapes, and sizes including large logs, all ocean weathered, some came as far away as Russia.  “Not as much comes from Russia as before, because they have better ways of working with the logs so they don’t lose as much,” Siggi said.

We stopped at a dark sandy beach, and while Siggi jogged, I looked for sea treasures. I pocketed a few items for the bowl I have sitting in storage. These will join those from Panama, Costa Rica and California, of course.

We ventured on toward Vihjalmur Thordarson’s home/farm that sits on a lake, and near the American abandoned U.S. Army Radar Station hill, Heidarfjall. Soon, I will write about this, for it is a sad situation that has ruined the drinking water on the farm from the stored, American Army waste left over from the station, and buried in the hill side.

Vihjalmur’s daughter, Margaret Vihjalmsdottir and her husband, Egill Palsson came back from town with their two children. They had been visiting their dad and granddad from their home in Reykjavik and took a little time in the town of Porshofn.

They made pancakes and we all sat in the kitchen talking and smearing whipping cream and jelly on the cakes.

Egill is a theater professor at Iceland University and he also directs professional theater all over Europe. Soon he will be directing a theater production in Denmark. Margaret is a known actress in Iceland, known internationally. She can be seen in part, on YouTube in  “Falcons”, a movie she co-stared in with Keith Carradine. She’s a beauty.

Vihjalmur, if you remember in a past post, is the retired pilot of Iceland Air. He was busy working on the land when we arrived, but quickly got out of his boots to be a great host.

Names are interesting to note, in Iceland; women are given their father’s first name, as Vihjalmur and then dottir is added to that to make the last name. Sons get their last names the same way, but son completes the last name, as in Vihjalmur’s last name, Thordarson.

Now, it’s time to clear up the name of the town I have been spelling Porshofn. The correct English way is Thorshofn. The “P” is not a “P” as we know it in English. It’s another letter found in the Icelandic alphabet and is pronunced as “th”. in Icelandic. So from now on, I’ll refer to the town as Thorshofn.


5 Responses to Another view of Iceland

  1. Laureen, good pictures and good stories! I’ve shared your posts with a couple of friends, who are also enjoying them. I ran into Eva Rios at WalMart the other day and she said she is also reading your posts. We are all traveling vicariously with you!

    On the subject of swans, I’ve seen Tundra Swans in the Central Valley who migrate there for the winter.

    • Thank you Anna Mae. It makes me feel good that people are enjoying the blog. I only wish I had your photographic skills here. I just do what I know how and so far, it’s been okay. Thanks for telling people about the blog.

  2. Beautiful swans. Love your picture.

  3. Paula and Bud

    We continue to enjoy your pics, noticed how the swans formed a heart.

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