Jet lag and surreal landscapes

Arrived at 7am in Reykjavik on July 8 and met my in-laws Helen and Norm at baggage claim.  Found our rental car after initially wondering why Dollar Rent-a-car didn’t have a airport kiosk (missed the guys holding the sign with our name – such service).  None of us could sleep on the plane, and we had a 3-hour drive ahead of us to Hellnar. Wandered around Reykjavik with the help of Janell and Helen on map and a GPS (which wasn’t much help) until we found a place that was open for breakfast (the Laundromat).  Fun place.  Got back in the car and made it to Hellnar by 2.30pm local.  By the time I went to bed, I was pretty shot – no sleep in 38 hours a bit too much for me.  Up again at 3.30am, so it will obviously take a while to adjust to the time changes. I’m writing this in the van because the place we’re staying is so small, I’m sure my typing will wake everyone else up (I’m hoping that won’t be too long from now because I’m freezing!)  I wrote up some homework assignments for Aidan and Willem to work on for the next several days.  We’re staying in one of a series of newer cottages that overlooks the sea and a small church – very pretty.  I can’t wait to get out and take some pictures.

The country is filled with volcanic images – rocks covered in a bluish green moss that looks like an alien planet, waterfalls down cliffs and seaside caves.  Really wonderful.  Also really windy.  Norm and I wondered why there aren’t any wind turbines – but maybe this is because geothermal is cheaper.  Not that many tourists up here in Hellnar.  As we were driving to Hellnar, and while the others slept, Helen and I saw lots of sheep alongside the road that were outside the fences.  Never got too close to the road, but it wasn’t obvious why they’d have all the fences and then not worry about the livestock when it got out.  Clusters of houses with bright colored roofs (red and green the most popular, but a few blue one’s thown in) and tiny churches.  Agriculture pretty sparse.  Constant wind reminds me of the trip to the Netherlands we took as kids.

Oh, and there won’t be a problem having enough time for photographs.  It basically is light 24 hrs a day now (the 4 hours the sun is “down” it’s still very light out).  Sun just crawling across the horizon.