July 5, 2012
We were very, and I mean VERY excited to visit Iceland again on our way back to the USA from Scotland. Even after growing quite weary of living out of a couple of suitcases and being constantly on the move, we were eagerly looking forward to our week in Iceland.
We landed on a cool, sunny afternoon and were met in the airport by our car rental agent. We were very impressed by our car rental company, and will definitely be using them again in future (thanks for the tip, Judy!). They gave us a free upgrade from a compact hatchback to a small wagon so we could accommodate the size of our stroller, and our pick up and drop off could not have been easier.
After finding our car, we set off for Bessastaðir, where we met our new friends, Júlíus and Hrefna. (More on Bessastaðir in a future post!)
Now, Júlíus and Hrefna were introduced to me by another friend, Judy, who I actually have never even met face-to-face! Judy and I were put in touch with each other through yet another friend, Candace, who is known to both of us through musical circles. So through Candace I met Judy (on Facebook), and through Judy I met Júlíus and Hrefna (on Facebook). Ain’t Facebook grand?! It’s good to have friends around the world.
Júlíus and Hrefna (before even meeting us face to face!) generously offered us the use of their house in Selfoss for the entire length of our stay in Iceland. Is that not amazing? That kind offer saved us literally thousands of dollars, and we couldn’t have asked for a better location to be based for our adventures. It was so perfect that I can hardly believe it, and I am so grateful to my friend Judy for making this connection, and to Júlíus and Hrefna for their help and hospitality.
We arrived and greeted each other at Bessastaðir and our new friends immediately led us to Selfoss (about a 30 minute drive) and their beautiful home there. (I wish I had a photo of them from that day!)
Looking out over the coastal plain where Selfoss is located:
They were so kind to leave us with some bread, butter, eggs, milk, juice, and such a beautiful home all to ourselves. We slept better that night than we had in ages! This is going to be a very, very good week.