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Iceland Aug. 2021 - ISAFJORDUR

There were no "sea days" on this itinerary, and the ship mostly cruised from 6 PM to 8AM. We woke up to a real "OMG" view out the windows August 5. We were in the "ice fjord" (Isafjordur) at the port of the same name. The mountains were right there and they were beautiful. I took a 30 minute boat ride to Vigur Island, owned by a couple. Felicity Aston, part-owner and full time island guide, was the first woman to cross Antarctica alone. The island teams with birds in the summer, and they feel safe there. It took effort, including giving up a chance to eat yummy island cake, but I finally had my first close up puffin sighting. In the afternoon I took the included excursion to Bolungarvik, a tiny fjord town with a small outdoor maritime museum. One surprise was that the guide on the bus was an Icelandic citizen, but formerly from the Washington DC area like me. That's one reason why she spoke flawless English, which was good, because the museum guide didn't speak any at all! For dinner we ate at the Chef's Table, with the California Cuisine menu. At the next table over was a younger couple from Nashville. The man was an orchestra conductor with eclectic taste. We had great conversations about music while eating halibut and crabcake. (The crabcake, however, tasted a bit bland to us Marylanders. Where's the Chesapeake blue crab? Where's the Old Bay Seasoning?) Oh well.

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Wow!  Woke up to tall green walls in the fjord.  Gorgeous!
Wow! Woke up to tall green walls in the fjord. Gorgeous!
Sailing on the entire cruise, but especially in the fjords, was very smooth.
Sailing on the entire cruise, but especially in the fjords, was very smooth.
 The water in the fjord was like glass. (Viking Jupiter with reflection)
The water in the fjord was like glass. (Viking Jupiter with reflection)
View from ship was familiar as I had viewed a webcam pre-cruise that focused partly on red building & ramp for Vigur boats.
View from ship was familiar as I had viewed a webcam pre-cruise that focused partly on red building & ramp for Vigur boats.
Random house beneath mountain seen while traveling to Vigur Island
Random house beneath mountain seen while traveling to Vigur Island
I sat outside on the boat.  Views were better.  We're approaching the island here.
I sat outside on the boat. Views were better. We're approaching the island here.
Windmill on the island.  Everything here is small - post office, windmill, etc.
Windmill on the island. Everything here is small - post office, windmill, etc.
Island is privately owned.  Here are buildings right at the pier.
Island is privately owned. Here are buildings right at the pier.
 Flat top mountain and Vigur boat Gudron K at the pier (West Tours, transportation)
Flat top mountain and Vigur boat Gudron K at the pier (West Tours, transportation)
Flowers, weeds, rock
Flowers, weeds, rock
Two black guillemots
Two black guillemots
Felicity Aston, guide & owner, showing eider down processing
Felicity Aston, guide & owner, showing eider down processing
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